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The Somewhat Unexpected Return Of Anthony Alridge

Posted by Matt Terl on September 22, 2009 – 8:30 pm

With guard Randy Thomas going on injured reserve, conventional wisdom had the Redskins filling his spot with another offensive lineman, whether it was one elevated from the practice squad, or one — such as Pete Kendall — signed from the street.

Meanwhile, one of the lessons learned — or, more accurately, confirmed — from the first two games is that, as John Keim of the Washington Examiner puts it, “The Redskins desperately needed to add a change-of-pace back in the offseason.”

Consider that desperate need addressed. The team has filled Thomas’s roster spot by signing Anthony Alridge, the speedster who spent the offseason with the Redskins after spending last year on injured reserve with Denver.
Alridge is best known for being, essentially, very fast, but failed to lock down a roster spot during preseason, hurt by an injury and one egregious fumble.

It appears that he’s being given another chance.

His presence should give the offense another dimension, one that’s been sorely lacking for the the last year or so: speed. What it doesn’t do is give the offense another lineman for depth, which leads me to believe that this isn’t the end of the roster moves. I’ll keep you posted on that, but for now I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what the guy who Fred Smoot nicknamed “Quick” can do.

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