The Redskins trimmed their roster to the required 75 players on Monday by releasing 13 players and placing linebacker Junior Galette on injured reserve.
Most of the players released never had a realistic shot at making the roster. A couple of exceptions were OT Willie Smith and TE Chase Dixon. Smith had his chance to shine when left tackle Trent Williams was given the night off when the Redskins played the Lions. But Smith struggled and that backup tackle spot may go to a younger player.
Dixon, who spent last year on the practice squad, had a shot when both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen were lost for the year with injuries. But he couldn’t take advantage and he could well wind up on the practice quad again. There was some early buzz about undrafted free agent Devin Mahina but he never did enough to warrant a serious look.
K Ty Long didn’t perform well enough to make the Redskins think very long about pushing out incumbent Kai Forbath. But he perhaps was good enough to earn a spot on the lists of tryout kickers that NFL teams will pull out whenever their current kicker pulls a muscle or misses three of four inside of 50 yards.
CBs DreQuan Hoskey and Bryan McCann were signed after a rash of injuries at corner. Those injuries also created opportunities for Trey Wolfe and Tajh Hasson, who were signed earlier in the year, but the couldn’t take advantage.
Also released on Monday:
LB Dyshawn Davis
LB Alonzo Highsmith
WR Tony Jones (designated as injured)
G Bryce Quigley