Today is the strange day when NFL rosters have to be trimmed from 80 to 75 guys, despite the fact that in just four more days they go from 75 to 53. Usually, this means that five guys get cut; placing Malcolm Kelly on IR means that the Redskins only need to cut four.
That list has been released, and it contains one unquestioned blog favorite. (HINT: he’s the guy in the picture above.) Here’s the four guys:
- OL Edwin Williams. A blog favorite pretty much since he got here, Williams was a local guy with a great story. The release doesn’t come as a complete surprise — Williams has struggled a bit this preseason, and the last few times I spoke to him he seemed somewhat frustrated — but it’s always sad to see a nice young guy go. To extend a year-plus old metaphor, it’s another spill off the ladder for Williams.
- S Lendy Holmes. Holmes was by all accounts an exceedingly gifted athlete — best known on the blog for being ambidextrous and having a somewhat unique haircut — but he never really cracked the crowded safety depth chart, and the recent signing of veteran safety Tyrone Carter likely sealed Holmes’ fate. Holmes’s release and Kelly’s move to IR leaves first-round draft pick Trent Williams as the last remaining Oklahoma Sooner on the roster. [UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, Jammal Brown is also an Oklahoma Sooner; I had been thinking of the three guys about the same age. Apologies to all for the error.]
- LS James Dearth. It appears that bringing the veteran to camp to push young Nick Sundberg worked. Guess I’ll have to rewrite the last paragraph in my Sundberg piece from yesterday. (Lucky for Sundberg’s Arizona-based family, too, as he’s got 200 people slated to show up at the game Thursday night.)
- LB Hall Davis. Pretty much the opposite of Edwin Williams, in blog terms: he arrived yesterday as part of a trade from the Rams and I don’t think he even got mentioned here. These cuts really covered the whole blog spectrum.
Everyone else can breathe easy for a few more days.
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