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Frost, Wade top cuts

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The Redskins just releases their 22 cuts and the tie went to the rookie at punter where three-year incumbent Derrick Frost was cut in favor of sixth-round draft pick Durant Brooks. The other player let go who had played the most for Washington was backup offensive tackle Todd Wade, who had been sidelined since the Aug. 3 Hall of Fame Game with a right high ankle sprain.

The biggest surprises were probably receiver Billy McMullen, whom coach Jim Zorn had praised yesterday and who led the NFL in receiving this summer, and running back Marcus Mason, the league’s leading preseason rusher. The Redskins opted to keep the usual three running backs and five receivers despite the fine play of McMullen and Mason.

The only other players released who had played in a regular season game for the Redskins were defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti, fullback Nehemiah Broughton and receiver Anthony Mix.

Others let go were defensive tackle Matthias Askew, offensive linemen Devin Clark, Andrew Crummey, Fred Matua and Tavares Washington, quarterback Derek Devine, receivers Horace Gant and Maurice Mann, linebackers Curtis Gatewood, David Holloway and Danny Verdun-Wheeler, cornerbacks Cedrick Holt, Matteral Richardson and Byron Westbrook and safety Patrick Ghee.

All 10 draft picks made the team including fourth-round corner Justin Tryon, who has really struggled. The biggest out of nowhere player on the roster is linebacker Alfred Fincher, who didn’t become a Redskin until July 31 after being cut by the Detroit Lions.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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