Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs wasn’t kidding Sunday when he said some of the 53 players who participated on a tryout basis in last weekend’s minicamp had impressed him.
Yesterday, the Redskins signed six of those players while cutting six from their 80-man roster.
The newest Redskins include offensive linemen Jon Alston of South Carolina, Adrian Gonzalez of Louisiana Tech and Dominique Richardson of Howard; receiver Pedro Holiday of Middle Tennessee State; defensive lineman Charles Howard of Florida State; and linebacker Zak Keasey, who played at Princeton with assistant head coach/defense Gregg Williams’ son Blake.
Among those let go were tight end Dan Goodspeed and linebacker Devin Lemons, both of whom spent time on Washington’s roster last season. Lemons, who made his NFL debut in the 2004 season finale more than three years after signing his first contract with Chicago, and defensive end Nic Clemons, who was briefly on the Redskins’ practice squad in September, were the only nonrookies in minicamp. Lemons didn’t practice because of a strained calf muscle, but Gibbs praised him for being out there just the same. Obviously, that dedication didn’t matter enough.
The other four players cut were among the 12 undrafted rookies who had been signed just last week: Maryland defensive back Ray Custis; offensive linemen Brett Hodge of Nebraska-Omaha and Scott Paffrath of Missouri; and receiver Tiger Jones of Louisville. Jones is the cousin of Redskins fifth-round draft choice Robert McCune.