Washington Redskins cut-down analysis

August, 30, 2014
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Most significant move: Keeping only one running back among the four in contention for what appeared to be two spots in the last round of cuts, Silas Redd, and four overall. The Washington Redskins wanted to add speed and a dynamic runner this offseason, so they drafted Lache Seastrunk in the sixth round and also had Chris Thompson on the roster (they would have tried to sign Darren Sproles had he become free). But the Redskins cut both Thompson and Seastrunk and opted for the undrafted rookie Redd, who earned the spot with a strong summer. Roy Helu will serve as the third-down back with Redd adding insurance. Redd is not as fast as Seastrunk or Thompson, but showed he was worth keeping.

Ditching their picks: Many teams try to justify a draft class and end up keeping almost all of their selections. The Redskins did not, cutting three of their eight picks from April. That’s good in that they’re willing to not force a guy on the roster, but it’s not good if they end up not sticking around on the practice squad. Then it becomes a wasted pick. They likely will try to retain Seastrunk and tight end Ted Bolser on the practice squad. Would they keep a kicker, seventh-round pick Zach Hocker, on the practice squad? Give the Redskins credit for finding and developing undrafted free agents, including Redd, linebacker Will Compton and safety Akeem Davis. The latter two were undrafted in 2013 but have not played in a game and both earned a spot with their summer play -- Compton from scrimmage and Davis on special teams. They lacked good special-teams players at safety last year, but Davis will help.

What’s next: The Redskins could make another move or two before the season opener, especially at punter considering Tress Way has zero career punts. It would be surprising if they didn’t at least work out veteran punters. Also, the Redskins are thin at safety with Brandon Meriweather suspended for the first two games. They kept four, including two inexperienced backups in Akeem Davis and Trenton Robinson. Both, however, will help special teams – but the Redskins will have a tough decision to make when Meriweather returns after the second game. The Redskins won't have to make a decision on end Stephen Bowen or wide receiver Leonard Hankerson until after the sixth week as both were played on the physically unable to perform list.

Redskins moves: The Redskins cut RB Evan Royster, RB Lache Seastrunk, RB Chris Thompson, WR Lee Doss, LB Everette Brown, CB Chase Minnifield, S Phillip Thomas, PK Zach Hocker, WR Nick Williams, OL Maurice Hurt, WR Lee Doss, OL Tevita Stevens, S Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, NT Robert Thomas, CB Richard Crawford, TE Ted Bolser, OL Kevin Kowalski and P Robert Malone. They placed NT Chris Neild and LB Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve. WR Leonard Hankerson and DL Stephen Bowen were placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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