- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Josh Doctson era is officially over. The wide receiver’s release highlighted a flurry of roster moves Saturday as the Redskins trimmed down from 90 players to 53.

Washington was unable to trade its 2016 first-rounder, who had underwhelmed in his first three seasons. The Redskins elected to keep six receivers, all of whom had better camps than Doctson: Paul Richardson, Terry McLaurin, Trey Quinn, Kelvin Harmon, Robert Davis and Steven Sims. The Redskins will save $620,000 after cutting Doctson, but will have $2.5 million in dead money.

Beyond Doctson, here’s how the rest of the Redskins’ roster shaped up:

Quarterback (3): Case Keenum, Colt McCoy, Dwayne Haskins

This shouldn’t come as a surprise after last year’s injuries, but the Redskins keep three quarterbacks on the roster for the first time since 2016. Washington also released quarterback Jalan McClendon on Saturday.

Running back (5): Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall, Shaun Wilson

There were a few surprises when it came to the running back position Saturday. First: Coach Jay Gruden’s continuous praise wasn’t enough to save 2017 fourth-rounder Samaje Perine from getting cut. It was slightly odd to see Perine getting carries in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s preseason finale, and now we know why: he was on the bubble more than most expected. Marshall, another Gruden favorite, makes it instead.

Meanwhile, Wilson, who went undrafted last year, was an unexpected addition, but he might not be on the roster for long. Wilson is a candidate to be placed on injured reserve as the running back is dealing with an ankle injury, per reports. If the Redskins had placed Wilson on injured reserve prior to Sunday, Wilson would not have been eligible to return this season. Now, the Redskins can place Wilson on IR and bring him back after a minimum of eight weeks. It is also possible the Redskins keep him as an inactive while the injury heals.

Wide receiver (6): Paul Richardson, Terry McLaurin, Trey Quinn, Kelvin Harmon, Robert Davis and Steven Sims

As it turns out, the fourth preseason game absolutely mattered. Following an impressive performance, Steven Sims beat out Cam Sims for a roster spot by hauling in a touchdown and making an impact as a kick returner in Thursday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Cam Sims, who shined in training camp, had a quiet preseason and didn’t help his cause with at least two drops. After the game, Gruden called Sims a “little fireball” and the Redskins have enjoyed watching the undrafted slot receiver progress.

Davis also made it one year removed from a gruesome leg injury, following a strong preseason.

Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and Jeremy Sprinkle

By keeping only three tight ends, that could be a sign the Redskins feel confident Reed will be out of concussion protocol when they travel to Philly to open the season next week. J.P. Holtz could be a candidate for the practice squad after being cut.

Offensive line (9): Donald Penn, Ereck Flowers, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Geron Christian, Wes Martin, Ross Pierschbacher, Tony Bergstrom

There aren’t really any surprises here. The Redskins did not have to use a roster spot on tackle Trent Williams, who is on a separate list due to his holdout.

Specialists (3): Dustin Hopkins, Tress Way, Nick Sundberg

These were also set as soon as Sundberg recovered from back surgery earlier this offseason.

Defensive line (5): Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Tim Settle, Caleb Brantley

The Redskins elected not to keep six defensive linemen, so players like Ryan Bee and JoJo Wicker were cut. Bee could possibly be brought back to the practice squad, should he clear waivers.

Linebackers (9): Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, Ryan Anderson, Cassanova McKinzy, Jordan Brailford, Cole Holcomb, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Jon Bostic, Shaun Dion Hamilton

Like Wilson, Brailford was likely added to the roster with the intention of placing him on IR. The seventh-round linebacker has been out the past few weeks with a groin injury and Gruden said recently Brailford was still a “few weeks away” from full recovery.

McKinzy suffered a concussion against Baltimore, but reports indicate the Redskins are confident he’ll be fine for Philadelphia.

Cornerback (6): Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland, Greg Stroman, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Adonis Alexander was waived a year after the Redskins used a sixth-round pick on the corner in the supplemental draft. The 22-year-old never found his footing after suffering a quad injury in training camp, and by the time he returned, there was an established pecking order in front of him. The Redskins hope to sign Alexander to the practice squad.

Safety (4): Landon Collins, Montae Nicholson, Deshazor Everett, Troy Apke

Jeremy Reaves played all 84 defensive snaps Thursday and had flashed in moments throughout the preseason, but that wasn’t enough to save him a roster spot. In the end, the Redskins opted to carry four safeties.

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