The Washington Redskins trimmed their roster to the NFL-mandated 53 players on Saturday, cutting 19 players.
Two players – defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Rob Jackson - will serve four-game suspensions for using performance-enhancing drugs and, for now, will not count against the 53-man limit. Also, offensive lineman Maurice Hurt (knee surgery) was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. He isn’t eligible to return until Week 7.
There were some surprises. The team kept four quarterbacks, including former West Virginia star Pat White. That’s an unusual move, but White did enough to impress during training camp after a three-year absence from the NFL. He was a 2009 draft pick by the Miami Dolphins following a brilliant college career.
Corner back Chase Minnifield was cut and corner Jerome Murphy was kept. Running back Keiland Williams was cut, too, and received an injury settlement. The Redskins decided to go with Evan Royster and rookie Chris Thompson at that spot. They join Alfred Morris and Roy Helu, who were in no danger.
Thompson returned a punt for a touchdown in Thursday’s preseason win over Tampa Bay. Williams also suffered a sprained left shoulder on Thursday and, according to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, he is seeking a second opinion this weekend.
Offensive lineman Tony Pashos was cut, leaving the team with eight players at that position. Pashos, a 10-year NFL veteran, would have been the backup right tackle, but that is also the only position he plays. Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan did say last week that he liked the versatility of Tom Compton to switch from backup left tackle to the right side, if needed.
QUARTERBACKS (4) Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman, Pat White
RUNNING BACKS (5) Alfred Morris, Roy Helu Jr., Evan Royster, Darrel Young, Chris Thompson*
WIDE RECEIVERS (5) Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss, Josh Morgan, Aldrick Robinson
TIGHT ENDS (4) Fred Davis, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, Jordan Reed*
OFFENSIVE LINE (8) Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton, Adam Gettis, Josh LeRibeus
DEFENSIVE LINE (6) Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Chris Neild, Kedric Golston, Chris Baker, Phillip Merling
INSIDE LINEBACKERS (4) London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Bryan Kehl, Nick Barnett
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (4) Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Darryl Tapp, Brandon Jenkins*
CORNERBACKS (5) DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson*, Josh Wilson, E.J. Biggers, Jerome Murphy
SAFETY (5) Brandon Meriweather, Bacarri Rambo*, Reed Doughty, Jordan Pugh, Jose Gumbs
SPECIALISTS (3) Kai Forbath, Sav Rocca, Nick Sundberg
*Indicates 2013 draft pick
Reserve/suspended list: LB Rob Jackson, DE Jarvis Jenkins, FS Tanard Jackson
On Saturday, the Redskins cut the following players:
RB: Keiland Williams, Jawan Jamison
OL: Tony Pashos, Tevita Stevens, Xavier Nixon, Kevin Matthews
TE: Emmanuel Ogbuehi
WR: Dezmon Briscoe, Nick Williams, Skye Dawson, Lance Lewis
DL: Ron Brace, Chigo Anunoby, Dominique Hamilton
LB: Vic So’oto, Will Compton, Marvin Burdette
DB: Chase Minnifield, DeJon Gomes