The Redskins turned over the bottom of their roster on Tuesday by signing three players and releasing four.
They signed receiver David Anderson, defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer and defensive back D.J. Johnson.
They waived receiver Donte Stallworth, defensive lineman Darrion Scott, tight end Dominique Byrd and cornerback Brandyn Thompson.
Here’s the blog post from earlier about the Anderson signing and Stallworth’s release.
Balmer, the 29th-overall pick in 2008, was out of the league after two years with San Francisco and one with Seattle. He fell out of favor in San Francisco after suffering a labrum injury. He was waived twice in the span of a week this past summer, first by Seattle and then by Carolina. Here’s one pre-draft scouting report on him.
Johnson has played in 10 NFL games, all with the New York Giants. He entered the league in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Jackson State and, before that, Missouri. The Redskins signed him off the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad, where he landed after Tampa Bay waived him at the end of the preseason.
He has special teams experience, which could be helpful with Niles Paul (sprained toe) out for a couple of weeks.
Scott was inactive for all eight games this season. Byrd did not play in either of the two games for which he was on the 53-man roster.
Thompson has now been waived from the active roster three times since the start of October. Both previous times he signed to the practice squad the following day.
The Redskins released running back Tristan Davis from the practice squad, so there’s an opening for Thompson if the Redskins want to complete the hat trick.
Tuesday’s moves left open a spot on the active 53-man roster. The Redskins have until Nov. 16 to activate safety Kareem Moore (knee) from the physically-unable-to-perform list, but he could be activated this week.