Saturday, September 2, 2006
Killings, Clemons cut as Redskins set 53-man roster
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins set their 53-man
roster Saturday by releasing 21 players, including a pair of backup
defensive linemen who contributed to last year's playoff run.
Cedric Killings and Nic Clemons were the only cuts who got
substantial playing time last year. Killings played in 10 games and
had one start, while Clemons played in eight games. Both played in
Washington's two playoff games.
They essentially were replaced this year by a pair of draft
picks. Fifth-round selection Anthony Montgomery from Minnesota and
sixth-rounder Kedric Golston from Georgia both made the team.
Two of the six draft choices weren't as fortunate. Seventh-round
pick Kili Lefotu, an offensive lineman from Arizona, was released
Saturday. Another seventh-rounder, linebacker Kevin Simon from
Tennessee, was sent home in the first wave of cuts Tuesday.
The other draft picks on the roster are linebacker Rocky
McIntosh (second round) from Miami and safety Reed Doughty (sixth
round) from Northern Colorado.
The Redskins have their most talented roster in years, so fewer
spots were up for grabs in the final days of the exhibition season.
The team is so deep at receiver that 10-year veteran David Patten
will start the season as the No. 4 receiver behind Santana Moss,
Brandon Lloyd and Antwaan Randle El.
The other players released Saturday are defensive backs Julian
Battle, Curry Burns, John Eubanks and Christian Morton; defensive
Vaka Manupuna and Joe Sykes; receivers Mike Espy, Jimmy Farris,
Steven Harris and Richard Smith; offensive linemen Spencer Folau,
Jasper Harvey, Chris Pino; running back A.J. Harris; linebackers
Spencer Havner and Robert McCune; tight end Buck Ortega; and
fullback Manuel White.
Some of those players will be on the eight-man practice squad,
which will be announced Sunday. Also, linebacker Philippe Gardent
from France will spend the season as an extra member of the
practice squad as part of an international development program.