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Final cuts, and 53 man roster, now finalized for the Redskins

The final list of players released by the Redskins, in accordance with the deadline to get down to 53 players by 6pm yesterday, is now official:

QB Kellen Clemens
QB Matt Gutierrez
RB Shaun Draughn
RB Evan Royster
RB/FB Keiland Williams
WR Isaac Anderson
WR Aldrick Robinson
TE Tony Curtis
TE Derek Schouman
OL Selvish Capers
OL Artis Hicks
OL Maurice Hurt
OL Clint Oldenburg
OL Donovan Raiola
DL Anthony Bryant
DL Jeff Stehle
DL Doug Worthington
LB Horatio Blades
LB Thaddeus Gibson
LB Edgar Jones
DB Chris Horton
DB Reggie Jones
DB Anderson Russell
DB Davonte Shannon

The only real surprises from that list were Anthony Bryant and Artis Hicks, players who both got a lot of playing time with the Redskins in 2010. Hicks is not really a player whom you feel comfortable starting for a long period of time, but given that he’s a veteran, and that he can play either guard or tackle, one would’ve thought he’d make the roster at least in a reserve capacity.

Bryant was the even bigger surprise. He would’ve been the primary backup at Nose Tackle behind Barry Cofield, and likely to have seen a lot of playing time since defensive coordinator Jim Haslett likes to rotate his defensive linemen. Was it a case of the Redskins deciding they needed to go in a different direction from Bryant, or a little bit of “roster politics,” in terms of keeping a player the team had just recently drafted in seventh round pick Chris Nelid?

The above list also includes three members other from the Redskins 2011 draft class: Evan Royster, Aldrick Robinson, and Maurice Hurt. I’d be surprised if Royster and Hurt are not signed to the practice squad. Robinson, however, seems like the only real “bust” from the group, as he just didn’t seem to be a fit for this team from the get-go.

It also looks like the coaching staff solved the logjam at wide receiver by simply keeping all of them. As we noted previously, several news outlets yesterday reported that veteran receive Donte Stallworth looked like he was going to make the team, putting the status of rookies like Leonard Hankerson, and especially Niles Paul, in question. However, both Hankerson and Paul made the team, probably because both guys were just too talented to outright cut, and never would’ve lasted on the team’s practice squad, as some other team would surely pick them off from there.

The coaching staff probably decided to go with a virtually unheard of eight “receivers” on the roster, with Brandon Banks being considered more of a return specialist. Given the issues he’s had with his knee in training camps and the preseason, as well as the depth that the team already has anyway, he very likely won’t be seeing that many snaps as a wide receiver.

With that being said, here’s what the final 53 man roster for 2011 looks like, as of now:

Quarterback (2): John Beck, Rex Grossman
Running back (3): Tim Hightower, Ryan Torain, Roy Helu
Fullback (1): Darrel Young
Wide Receiver (8): Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul, Terrence Austin, Donté Stallworth, Brandon Banks
Tight End (4): Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Mike Sellers
Offensive Line: (8): Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Jammal Brown, Erik Cook, Sean Locklear, Willie Smith
Defensive Line (6): Adam Carriker, Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston, Darrion Scott, Chris Neild
Linebacker (9): London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Keyaron Fox, Perry Riley, Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Lorenzo Alexander, Rob Jackson, Markus White
Cornerback (5): DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Kevin Barnes, Byron Westbrook, Brandyn Thompson
Safety (4): LaRon Landry, Oshiomogho Atogwe, Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes
Kicker (1): Graham Gano
Punter (1): Sav Rocca
Long Snapper (1): Nick Sundberg

Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List (ineligible for the first six games): FS Kareem Moore
Reserve/suspended list: CB Phillip Buchanon

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3 Responses to “Final cuts, and 53 man roster, now finalized for the Redskins”

  1. 007 says:

    If it was HICKS vs. PAUL/AUSTIN/BANKS who would you choose?

    I think that was the decision there. Management just didn’t like the abilities of the cut linemen over the uncut receivers/returners.

    In BRYANT’s case, NIELD busted his azz on every play I saw.

    In BRYANT’s, I saw several plays where his opposing offensive player man-handled him. BRYANT’s technique/effort wasn’t good enough to keep him free of the clutches of o-linemen. He’s come back and bust up the middle on almost ever subsequent circumstance and make a good play. I thought him too inconsistent right now to make the team unless they kept three NT’s. If he clears, he should be on the practice team. I don’t think he will clear waivers however, much like DIXON two years back.

  2. 007 says:

    LB dept.

    Great seeing the development and improving play of ’10 7th round pick ROB JACKSON and rookie MARCUS WHITE taking the slots of CHRIS WILSON, and H.B. BLADES.

    I’m also excited by the play of KEYARON FOX, Perry RILEY less so.

  3. Beach Bum says:

    I saw John over Rex.

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