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Seven Members Of Practice Squad Announced, Including Terrence Austin

Posted by Matt Terl on September 5, 2010 – 5:45 pm

Well, I suggested at the end of yesterday’s post about the cuts that it might not be goodbye to all of the cut guys, and that certainly turned out to be the case. The initial seven members of the 2010 Redskins practice squad come from the team’s cut list, including three 2010 draft picks (and one 2008 draft pick).

Practice squad players, for those unfamiliar, practice with the team, attend meetings with the team, and are generally treated like members of the roster. But they are not available to play in games unless they are first signed to the active roster, and they can also be signed to the active rosters of other NFL teams.

This is a way of keeping promising young WR Terrence Austin around and letting him develop for a bit longer — and for those of you (like @HomerMcFanboy) who don’t think that the practice squad is a valuable tool for developing young guys, may I point you for the quadriollionth time to the story of Anthony Armstrong, for one. (Or Devin Aromashodu, for a frustrating second example.)

Anyhow, here’s the full list of guys:

  • WR Terrance Austin
  • OL Selvish Capers
  • OL Eric Cook
  • LB Rob Jackson
  • OL Will Robinson
  • S Anderson Russell
  • RB Ryan Torain

A couple other notes about cuts, practice squad, etc.

  • The release of QB Richard Bartel means that the Redskins have completely turned over their quarterback position since last year. Four guys have departed — Bartel, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, and Colt Brennan — and three different ones are on the roster: Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, and John Beck.
  • I was rereading this interview I did with Keiland Williams at the end of training camp, and I thought this quote stood out in hindsight: “I feel like I’m trying to compete to be the starting running back here,” he said. “I mean, I’ve been playing this game for a while, and to actually make it to the top level, the highest level you can possibly make it to, and then NOT wanna be the guy? Then I feel like you’re doing yourself an injustice. So I’m definitely trying to compete to be the starting running back.” He’s not there yet, obviously, but he’s farther along than anyone really expected him to be.
  • Teams can keep up to eight players on their practice squad, so there’s a spot here where the Redskins could opt to add another guy. I’ll keep you posted.

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