Sunday, September 1, 2013
Redskins announce practice squad
By John Keim
The Redskins completed their weekend of moves, adding corner Chase Minnifield and seven others to their practice squad. Washington also added one of its draft choices, seventh-round running back Jawan Jamison.
They also added linebacker Will Compton, defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton, receiver Lance Lewis, offensive lineman Xavier Nixon, offensive lineman Tevita Stevens and receiver Nick Williams.
Unlike past years when compiling a practice squad, the entire group was with Washington in training camp. Of this group, Minnifield, Williams and Compton intrigue me most, along with Lewis. The latter has skills, notably his ability to make plays on the ball in the air -- making the same sort of leaping catches he did at East Carolina. But he's a raw route runner and needs refinement. Minnifield would have been a second- or third-round pick had he been healthy before the 2012 draft and has endured a long road just to reach this point. Unlike the others, all of whom were long shots, Minnifield will arrive with a chip on his shoulder. When Richard Crawford was injured and lost for the year it appeared Minnifield would be on the roster. But they only kept five corners and the fifth, Jerome Murphy, is considered a better special-teams player.
Compton is not a fast linebacker, but plays smart and is decisive, allowing him to beat blockers to the spot and make plays. He could be a good special-teamer one day if nothing else. The Redskins coveted Williams after the draft and liked what they saw this summer. He's a slot receiver who shows good awareness and quick feet. He also can return punts.
The other three showed flashes in camp. Nixon improved, but he also struggled against better rushers -- he didn't bend well and would get beat around the edge. But he was better in the last couple preseason games.