ASHBURN, Va. -- The Redskins released veteran offensive lineman Mike McGlynn, along with two other players, as they trimmed the roster to 75 by Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline. Washington also released receiver Rashad Ross and tight end Matt Veldman.
McGlynn, a free agent signing from Indianapolis, was a mild surprise because he was a veteran with starting experience, something the Redskins lack among their backup offensive linemen. However, McGlynn did not look good in training camp, struggling in the one-on-one pass-rush drills and did not distinguish himself in games. Though he had played guard in the NFL as well, one scout said he was not good at that position and felt center was his best spot. If that's the case, struggling at center did not help his cause.
It's uncertain how many linemen the Redskins will keep in the final cuts. With McGlynn gone, it's likely they'd keep no more than nine. The starters are set, and have been for a while, so the top backups appear to be rookie tackle Morgan Moses, rookie guard Spencer Long, tackle Tom Compton and guard Josh LeRibeus. Maurice Hurt also figures here because nobody else can play both guard and tackle. But Hurt has worked exclusively at right tackle this summer. The other four linemen all have worked at multiple spots.
The only surprise with Ross is that he didn't last until the final cuts given his returns in the preseason games; he averaged 32 yards on four returns. But he remained a longshot to win a roster spot regardless. The Redskins signed Veldman recently.