Shanahan upbeat after ‘tough’ roster decisions

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“He proved that he can play at the wide receiver position,” Shanahan said. “And the one thing about Brandon, he can make plays. Like we ran him around on a reverse [in the preseason finale] and not many people can make a corner miss like that and get a 40-something yard gain. “And if you have to put him in the backfield, you can run him as a tailback because he has such great quickness. He’s a guy that’s a playmaker, and he’s proved that since he’s been here. And we’ve got to find ways to get him the football.”

After keeping only 52 on their roster Friday, the Redskins filled the open spot Saturday with former Pittsburgh and Arizona cornerback Crezdon Butler. Butler, who dislocated an ankle last September, has appeared in five NFL games.

“[We like his] speed and the way he plays the game,” Shanahan said. “He had an injury and we think he’s recovered from it. And if he has, I think we’ve got a good football player.”

Overall, Shanahan believes after three years he has made significant progress acquiring the type of players he wants.

“I feel really good about our football team,” he said. “It’s a change, obviously, completely. And you’ve got guys who fit your system. You’ve got guys that you’re hoping will all step up and play extremely well. I like the attitude going in. I like the competition, and hopefully we play accordingly.”

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