Washington Redskins cut-down analysis

August, 26, 2014
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Most significant move: The Redskins released veteran backup linebacker Rob Jackson, a move that in truth was only mildly surprising. Jackson was not playing on special teams and did not have the speed the Redskins are trying to find defensively. Jackson will forever be remembered by Redskins fans for his game-ending interception off Dallas’ Tony Romo to clinch the NFC East title in 2012. But his future was in doubt when he entered camp, in part because the Redskins drafted Trent Murphy in the second round. And with young linebackers such as Gabe Miller and Everette Brown having better camps, Jackson was let go.

Young backups: The Redskins will go with a youthful group of offensive line backups after releasing veteran guard/center Mike McGlynn. Again, not a big surprise given his training camp performance. But he had the most experience of the backups. However, if they keep less than 10 linemen -- as they should -- then McGlynn was an easy player to release. They can use guard Chris Chester at center in an emergency if something happens to starter Kory Lichtensteiger. But it also means that the other potential backups include two rookies in Morgan Moses and Spencer Long and two others who have not started a game in guard Josh LeRibeus, who has appeared in five games, and tackle Tom Compton, who has appeared in 15. Both their work has primarily come on special teams. Another potential player is tackle Maurice Hurt, who has appeared in 21 games with nine starts (eight in 2011).

What’s next: The Redskins have a tough decision to make at running back when getting to the final 53. They still have all their running backs and will have to cut perhaps two or three players whom they like. But some of them will be eligible for the practice squad, including Chris Thompson, Lache Seastrunk and Silas Redd. Thompson had a big edge early in camp, but the inability to stay healthy has left him in jeopardy. One other thing to watch: what happens with defensive end Stephen Bowen. If the Redskins feel he’ll be ready early in the season, they might keep seven defensive linemen. If not, he could remain on the PUP list.

Redskins' cuts: LB Rob Jackson, OC/G Mike McGlynn, LB Adrian Robinson, TE Matt Veldman, WR Rashad Ross, CB Bryan Shepherd, LB Jeremy Kimbrough, DE Jeremy Towns, G Adam Gettis, FB Stephen Campbell, WR Cody Hoffman, WR Rashad Lawrence, S Ross Madison and DE Jake McDonough. TE Mike Caussin was placed on injured reserve.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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