Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Marko Mitchell era ends
By Dan Graziano
The legend of Marko Mitchell pretty much began and ended during the '09 preseason. The former seventh-round draft choice out of Nevada emerged as a red-zone threat in the preseason and finished with 11 catches for 113 yards for the Redskins. But on Monday, Mitchell and four other players were released by coach Mike Shanahan.
With the Redskins bringing in several veterans, including former Cowboys wide receiver Joey Galloway, apparently Mitchell was expendable. Expect to see him coming to a roster near you. Pro scouts around the league take a close look at preseason film and Mitchell was quite impressive.
Running backs Anthony Alridge and P.J. Hill, receiver James Robinson and defensive lineman Anthony Montgomery were also released. Former personnel chief Vinny Cerrato once attributed an interesting quote to Shanahan regarding Alridge's speed.
Hill, a former star at Wisconsin, spent time on the Saints' and Eagles' practice squads before joining the Redskins. Robinson, 27, played for the Florida Frenzy of the National Indoor Football League and then spent time in the Arena Football League with the Las Vegas Gladiators ('07), South Georgia Wildcats (AFL2), Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Kansas City Brigade (AFL), Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns (NFL).
Montgomery was a fifth-round draft pick out of Minnesota who had some promise as a defensive tackle, but apparently did not fit into Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme. OK, I think we covered everyone.