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Redskins' Roster At 53 After Parker, 18 Others Released

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By Gary Fitzgerald
Posted: September 4, 2010

The Redskins announced 21 roster cuts on Saturday, with running back Willie Parker, linebacker Robert Henson and wide receiver Terrence Austin among the more notable names.

Also, the team traded cornerback Justin Tryon to the Indianapolis Colts for an undisclosed draft pick.

With the release of Parker and also Ryan Torain, the Redskins head into the regular season with Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and rookie Keiland Williams as the team’s running backs.

Henson and offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg were placed on injured reserve. Henson suffered a knee injury and Oldenburg suffered an ankle injury in the Redskins’ preseason finale last Thursday.

Austin’s release was a mild surprise, considering that he led the offense with 10 catches for 146 yards and one touchdown in preseason. Coaches decided to keep six wide receivers, including veterans Devin Thomas and Roydell Williams and undrafted rookie Brandon Banks.

Here is the Redskins’ complete list of roster cuts (excluding Tryon):


Player Position Status
Terrence Austin WR 2010 7th-Round Draft Pick
Richard Bartel QB First-Year Player
Selvish Capers OT 2010 7th-Round Draft Pick
Tyrone Carter S 10-Year Vet
Erik Cook G/C 2010 7th-Round Draft Pick
Carey Davis FB 3-Year Vet
Curtis Gatewood LB FIrst-Year Vet
Howard Green NT 6-Year Vet
Shay Hodge WR Undrafted Rookie
Rob Jackson LB 2008 7th-Round Draft Pick
Willie Parker RB 7-Year Vet
Chad Rinehart G/T 2008 3rd-Round Draft Pick
Ramzee Robinson CB 3-Year Vet
William Robinson OT First-Year Player
Anderson Russell S Undrafted Rookie
Darrion Scott DE 5-Year Vet
Ryan Torain RB First-Year Player
Lee Vickers TE First-Year Player
Bobby Wade WR 7-Year Vet

Parker, a 7-year NFL veteran, has 5,378 career rushing yards, but he did not show enough quickness in training camp and preseason. He had 16 carries for 50 yards and four cacthes for 20 yards in three preseason games for the Redskins.

Three of the Redskins’ six draft picks from last April’s NFL Draft were among the players released: wide receiver Terrence Austin and offensive linemen Selvish Capers and Erik Cook. All three were seventh-round selections.

The Redskins previously traded sixth-round pick Dennis Morris to the St. Louis Rams, so that means only top pick Trent Williams and fourth-rounder Perry Riley remain from last April’s draft.

Austin, Capers and Cook could be candidates for the Redskins’ practice squad. The practice squad is announced on Sunday.

So who made the final roster?

John Beck beat out Richard Bartel for the Redskins’ third quarterback job. Even though Bartel had better preseason statistics, it appears coaches see greater upside with Beck.

As expected, Anthony Armstrong earned a roster spot after a strong training camp. He caught seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in preseason.

Three undrafted rookies made the final roster: Banks, Williams and tight end Logan Paulsen.

Banks had some ups and downs in preseason, but he ended up sticking over Austin. Banks caught eight passes for 129 yards in preseason and returned seven punts for a 15.4-yard average, including a 77-yarder returned for a touchdown.

Williams, who rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns in preseason, becomes the third running back behind Portis and Johnson.

Paulsen, who caught three passes for 33 yards in preseason and impressed as a blocker, becomes the third tight end behind Chris Cooley and Fred Davis.

First-year player Darrel Young, who was cut by the Redskins a year ago as a linebacker, made the squad in 2010 as a fullback. He is expected to back up starter Mike Sellers.

On defense, Anthony Bryant beat out Howard Green to serve as a backup nose tackle.

Defensive end Jeremy Jarmon earned a roster spot after coming back from knee ligament surgery. A 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft pick, Jarmon was thought to be in a numbers crunch, but the Redskins opted to keep five defensive ends.

For the second year in a row, Byron Westbrook earned a roster spot as a fifth cornerback. Westbrook has excelled on special teams.

With the release of both Tyrone Carter and Anderson Russell, the Redskins have just four safeties on the roster. One is Kareem Moore, who has been sidelined the last two weeks with a knee injury. The release of Carter and Russell suggests that Moore may be close to returning to action.

Priot to cut-down day, head coach Mike Shanahan said team officials already had an idea of how the Redskins’ final 53 would take shape.

“You usually do going into the last preseason game,” he said. “You have a good idea who your starters will be. There are always a couple of positions where you are not really sure. There are usually those second-, third- and fourth-teamers and those few positions that you really don’t know.

“A lot has to do with special teams and a lot has to do with your position. It’s a constant evaluation. A lot of times jobs are decided in the last preseason game. It might be just a special teams play that keeps a guy on the roster.”

Shanahan said he kept an open line of communication with roster hopefuls through the process.

“You are talking to them all year-round,” he said. “You are talking to them in the offseason program. You are talking to them in OTAs and summer camp. If you are part of the 80 you have an opportunity to make this football team.

“You are here for a reason and don’t count yourself out. Take advantage of every opportunity. If it is a scout team or if it’s three plays on special teams, it may help you get on the practice squad and it may help you get another job with another football team if you are released from our team.

“A lot goes into the equation, not just game situations, but also practicing on a scout team as well.”

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