Breaking Down the Washington Redskins 10 Most High-Profile Roster Cuts
Notable Redskins Cut
It's one of the most difficult times for an NFL football team. At the end of every preseason, they have to hand out pink slips and say goodbye to some of their players, in order to cut down to the league maximum 53-man roster.
Saturday, the Washington Redskins said goodbye to 22 players. Some of those players have seen substantial time on this team in the past. While cutting someone that has played a key role seems like a bad move, it can be a good thing, in that it means the Redskins are upgrading at the position. That being said, the people that were let go won't really leave you questioning the Redskins.
Overall, the Redskins cut a total of 34 players between their first and second round cuts. Of those 34, 16 of them played offense, 17 of them played defense and the other was kicker John Potter. The Redskins decided to go deep at quarterback and running back, keeping four at both positions. At wide receiver, they went thin by holding on to just five. Defensively, they kept five cornerbacks and five safeties.
In the following slides, you'll find a list of the most notable players cut by the Redskins. Keep in mind, this isn't a list of players that should not have been cut. This is simply a list of players that have played roles on this team, or other teams in the past, that are no longer wearing burgundy and gold.
It’s also important to note that Rob Jackson, Janoris Jenkins and Richard Crawford won't be on this list. Jackson and Jenkins are serving suspensions, and will join the team when they are completed. Crawford was placed on injured reserve after he cleared waivers.
In no particular order, here we go!
Ryan Mouton - Cornerback
Ryan Mouton was formerly a starter for the Tennessee Titans. The Redskins originally placed him on injured reserve before releasing him yesterday with an injury settlement. Mouton likely wasn't going to see much playing time in the defensive backfield, since David Amerson, Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall have those positions locked up.
Tony Pashos - Offensive Tackle
Tony Pashos brought veteran experience to the offensive line, and was, at best, there to back up Tyler Polumbus. But the Redskins held on to Tom Compton in the backup tackle spot.
Jeremy Trueblood - Offensive Tackle
Jeremy Trueblood, like Tony Pashos, brought experience and depth to the offensive line. Trueblood was part of the first round of cuts, as he lost his battle with Pashos, who then lost his battle with Tom Compton.
Ron Brace - Defensive Tackle
Ron Brace came to the Redskins haven been let go by the New England Patriots after four seasons. In 2012, Brace appeared in 10 games for the Patriots, and competed with Barry Cofield and Chris Nield for the Redskins' nose tackle spot. Cofield and Nield both played well in preseason, so Brace's release doesn't come as that big of a shock.
Kevin Matthews - Center
The Redskins signed Kevin Matthews as a free agent this past summer. The former Tennessee Titans starting center, Matthews is also related to Green Bay Packers' star Clay Matthews. Matthews was fighting with Will Montgomery for the starting center spot. Montgomery was a lock. So, Matthews was likely released to free up space for other positions.
Keiland Williams - Running Back
I wrote at the beginning of the preseason that Keiland Williams was one player that should be cut, and he did, indeed, receive his pink slip. Williams had a stretch greatness for the Redskins a couple years ago, but fell off with the emergence of Roy Helu Jr. and Alfred Morris.
DeJon Gomes - Safety
DeJon Gomes was, at one point, the starting safety for the Redskins. In his two-year tenure in the defensive backfield, Gomes racked up 75 total tackles and had just one interception. With Brandon Meriweather, Baccari Rambo and Reed Doughty basically locks in the defensive backfield, the Redskins then chose Jose Gumbs over Gomes for the final safety spot.
Donte' Stallworth - Wide Receiver
Donte' Stallworth's release didn't come as that big of a shock. While he got plenty of reps last year, he had 22 receptions and two touchdowns in 2012. He was the odd man out with Santana Moss, Pierre Garçon, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan and Aldrick Robinson pretty much set in stone at wide receiver.
Dezmon Briscoe - Wide Receiver
The Redskins signed Dezmon Briscoe last year, after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Briscoe brought a lot of potential with him to D.C., but was never able to fulfill it. Countless mistakes in preseason games likely cost the former Kansas Jayhawks’ standout his spot.
Chase Minnifield - Cornerback
For those that follow the Redskins closely, they know that Chase Minnifield’s cut came as a shock, and is a high profile one. While Minnifield didn't have any experience in live NFL game action outside of preseason, the coaching staff always spoke highly of him. Last year, an injury landed him on injury reserve. As he entered this year a healthy defensive back, many believed that Minnifield had a spot reserved for him on this team.