“They said the competition was even, but it definitely wasn’t,” said Frost, who averaged 45.5 yards gross and 32.3 net to Brooks’ 42.8 and 34.5. “I started the last game and I definitely outplayed him after they said it was even going in. It was a sham. There was no competition. I think [special teams coach Danny Smith’s] hands were tied.”
Brooks, the nation’s top punter as a senior became the first Redskins’ draft pick at that position in 15 years because Frost slipped in 2007 after having a career year in 2006.
“We think Durant can be more consistent than Derrick was the last three years,” said Redskins executive vice president Vinny Cerrato.
Other than Frost, the only players cut who had played in a regular season game for the Redskins were offensive tackle Todd Wade (13 games, 11 starts), defensive lineman (19, 2), fullback Nehemiah Broughton (6, 0) and receiver Anthony Mix (5,0).
Wade, a starter for Miami and Houston from 2000-05, came to Washington in 2006 after recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. He started one game that year in place of the injured and came to camp last summer as the replacement for departed left guard Derrick Dockery. When Wade struggled with the transition, the Redskins traded for . Wade took over at right tackle in Week 2 after Jansen was lost for the season, but but a bad knee forced him to the sideline in December in favor of rookie .
The high ankle sprain Wade suffered in this month’s preseason opener against Indianapolis had kept him out since and sealed his fate as the Redskins opted to keep only nine linemen. Unlike the 31-year-old Wade, all four backups — Heyer (both tackle spots), Jason Fabini (tackle and guard), third-rounder Chad Rinehart (guard and tackle) and (center and guard) can play multiple positions.
“That’s true, but I think I would’ve been here if I hadn’t gotten hurt,” Wade said.
— David Elfin