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Departed Redskins Say Goodbye To Fans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 3, 2011 – 11:55 pm

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The process to compose the final 53-man roster is always bittersweet, as quality players and people are left on the outside looking in.  It’s never personal, but a simple numbers game that determines how the roster is constructed.  Every coach and organization has their strategies, but at the end of the day, only 53 can stay.

Anthony Armstrong pretty much nailed the feeling for players:

For clarity’s sake, Armstrong and Doughty were speaking for everyone–both made the cut.

But for some of the Redskins that didn’t make it, there was nothing but positive sentiments for the Redskins fans: Read more »

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Young Redskins Pledge To Step Their Game Up

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 3, 2011 – 10:48 pm

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The life of an NFL rookie is never easy, and the odds of becoming a starter–much less a star in the league–are usually slim.  But for the 10 rookies and first-year players that made the cuts for the final 53-man-roster, ‘Day One of the NFL Life’ starts tomorrow.

A few young players tweeted their excitement after learning that they had secured a roster spot.

Some made varying pledges of hard work: Read more »

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Youth Movement Sweeps The Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 3, 2011 – 9:35 pm

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With Saturday’s roster cuts officially in the books, the Redskins are looking at a younger roster going into 2011.  The following players were officially waived as of Saturday night:

Isaac Anderson, wide receiver, Wisconsin

Selvish Capers, offensive tackle, West Virginia

Shaun Draughn, running back, North Carolina

Thaddeus Gibson, outside linebacker, Ohio State

Matt Gutierrez, quarterback, Idaho State

Chris Horton, safety, UCLA

Maurice Hurt, offensive guard, Florida

Reggie Jones, defensive back, Portland State

Clint Oldenburg, offensive tackle, Colorado State

Donovan Raiola, center, Wisconsin

Aldrick Robinson, wide receiver, SMU

Evan Royster, running back, Penn State

Anderson Russell, defensive back, Ohio State

Davonte Shannon, defensive back, Buffalo

Jeff Stehle, defensive end, Wisconsin

Doug Worthington, defensive end, Ohio State

Keiland Williams, running back, Louisiana State

Artis Hicks, offensive guard/tackle, Memphis

Horatio Benedict Blades, inside linebacker, Pittsburgh

Anthony Bryant, nose tackle, Alabama

Kellen Clemens, quarterback, Oregon

Tony Curtis, tight end, Portland State

Edgar Jones, outside linebacker, Southeast Missouri

Derek Schouman, tight end, Boise State

The Redskins also officially activated safety LaRon Landry from the P.U.P., and placed injured safety Kareem Moore on the P.U.P.  He will not be eligible for the active roster until following the sixth week of the regular season.

When head coach Mike Shanahan came to Washington, his task was to build a winner.  Using the 2011 NFL Draft and calculated moves in free agency, the Redskins have constructed a roster that is ready to compete for the long-term.

The roster composition this year stands in pretty sharp contrast to last season. Read more »

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