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.
The average age of this year’s roster is 25.58491 years, or approximately 25 years, 7 months, and 1 day. Altogether, there are 25 of 53 players on the roster with three year’s experience or less (nine rookies, one first year, nine second year, and six third year players).
The average age of last year’s roster–one of the oldest in the league–was 27.69 years, or approximately 27 years, 8 months, and 8 days. Altogether, there were only 18 of 53 players on the roster with three year’s experience or less (five rookies, four first year, five second year, four third year players).
In 2011, the roster will average more than two full years younger. Two years in the NFL is a dramatic difference, and these are players that can learn and grow in Shanahan’s system.
A few noticeable players that made the final cuts are:
- Terrence Austin, receiver/returner, UCLA: A seventh-round pick in 2010, he earned his spot on the 53-man squad thanks to his explosiveness on offense and in the return game. There’s always enough room for playmakers like Austin and Brandon Banks on the same team.
- Chris Neild, nose tackle, West Virginia: Selected second to last in the 2011 draft, he showed enough to be in the mix on defensive line at the all-important nose tackle position.
- Logan Paulsen, tight end, UCLA: An undrafted free agent in 2010, he took advantage of the extra playing time without Chris Cooley on the field, and showed that he can be an asset in the passing and blocking game.
- Donte’ Stallworth, wide receiver, Tennesee: An NFL journeyman of late, his veteran leadership showed in the locker room throughout training camp, and his big-play-ability shined brightly against Tampa Bay.
Of special note, in the final roster, the team will not go with three quarterbacks, electing to use the luxury roster-spot elsewhere. By all accounts, this is a difficult offensive scheme to grasp, and the coaching staff must be comfortable with the abilities of John Beck and Rex Grossman to handle the duties.
The roster composition is also a positive reflection of the player scouting and development, which carries nine of the dozen 2011 draft picks through the final cuts. With such a large haul in this year’s draft (especially in the later rounds), it’s a testament to the work that these players and coaches put in during training camp and the regular season to see them make the final 53.
This youth movement is not to say that the team is rebuilding–on the contrary. As Shanahan said several days ago, “I never talk about anything as ‘rebuilding.’ When you use the term ‘rebuilding, that’s kind of an excuse for not winning. You always believe you can win.”
Getting younger and winning are not mutually exclusive things, and Shanahan intends to prove that in 2011.
Now, certainly there will be more roster shuffling in the coming hours, days, and weeks, as the market is now flooded with more than 800 NFL free agents. For some of these men, this is the last hurrah, but some will inevitably find new opportunities elsewhere.
Perhaps a few lucky players will even be able to join the Burgundy and Gold in the next few days, but they’ll have to be a considerable upgrade to knock off Washington’s final 53.
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