Washington Redskins: Donte Stallworth An Unfortunate Victim Of Numbers Game
The Washington Redskins just had too many wide receivers on their roster. Thus, 11-year veteran WR Donte Stallworth was cut on August 26, reducing the number of receivers left to nine players all still trying to make the final roster.
Stallworth was a big-name player drafted 13th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. In 2006, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and ended up also playing for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and the Redskins over the next seven years. He played for the Patriots and Redskins two times.
Although Stallworth never had a 1,000-yard reception year, he scored 35 touchdowns in his career with a total of 4,837 yards. Injuries and off-field problems barred him from making an impact for any team past 2007, but no one can doubt his talent in his first four years of play.
His best year was in 2005, when he had a career-high 70 receptions for 945 yards and seven touchdowns. With that kind of stats, the Redskins would never have let him go. However, with only seven touchdowns since 2007, his case is weakened.
The final draw for Stallworth came early on in camp when he sustained an injury to his hamstring. Although the injury did not stop him from playing or practicing, coaches knew he wasn’t quite at full speed and gave him a do-or-die incentive. After three weeks, it became evident that he would not recover.
Stallworth was an amazing blocker, bringing his hard-nosed attitude to all aspects of football, not just receiving. However, as a pure receiver, there are already more talent on the Redskins’ roster. Stallworth is already replaced. Fans should not worry.
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