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Cut Day A Nerve-Racking Process For All

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 30, 2012 – 11:54 am

Whether veteran or rookie, “cut day” are two words you never want to hear.

That day is coming up quickly for the Washington Redskins — as in, by 9 p.m. Friday, the team must cut down its roster from 75 players to its final 53 men.

By noon on Saturday, an additional eight players are signed to the team’s practice squad.

Today is an off day for the Redskins players, who are fresh off their 30-3 preseason finale win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The coaching staff, however, is not taking the day off, and you can be sure that they’re meeting throughout the day today and tomorrow to make some difficult decisions.

And, as usual, several players went to Twitter in the past few hours to talk about cut day and their hopes for the rest of the week:

Quarterback Robert Griffin III:

Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong:

Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe:

Safety Jordan Bernstine:

Linebacker Markus White:

Cornerback David Jones:

Offensive lineman Adam Gettis:

Cornerback Brandyn Thompson:

I also talked to a couple guys in the locker room last night whose spots on the final 53-man roster or the practice squad are still up in the air.

Defensive lineman Darrion Scott, for example, certainly helped his cause against the Buccaneers with four tackles — two for a loss — a sack and two quarterback hits.

Though he played well Wednesday, Scott still doesn’t know what the immediate future holds for him.

“I feel like, with the opportunities I had, I did my job, and that’s pretty much all I can do,” he said. “I’m confident and not down about it, but at the end of the day, a decision has to be made. I have no clue what’s going to happen.”

Scott — like several of his teammates — can only have a “wait-and-see” attitude at this point.

“Hopefully the decision that they make will keep me here — and I’d love to be here — but I don’t think I did anything to hurt myself [Wednesday],” Scott said. “So, you know, you just have to wait and see what happens.”

Nose tackle Marlon Favorite knows that feeling well. He’s been off and on 10 NFL rosters — not to mention two other professional football teams — in four years since leaving LSU.

Favorite also played well in Wednesday’s game, sacking Tampa Bay quarterback Brett Ratliff on the first play of the game, but said he remains level-headed whenever cut day comes around.

“In this world, especially in this business, all you can do is control what you can control, which is your work ethic in practice and in the game when given opportunities,” Favorite said. “So I just try my hardest to execute that to the fullest, and I leave the rest up to the man upstairs.”


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10 Responses to “Cut Day A Nerve-Racking Process For All”

  1. By DR_DEATH420 on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    This is a tough cut down for the skins as they finally have alot of depth on this roster. There are a bunch of guys that if we cut will be picked up quick. Like Banks & Armstrong who I feel it would be a bad cut as speed kills. Anyway can’t wait for next sunday HTTR….

  2. By e1ghty8 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    In my opinion, from the four games, training camp and practice reports, WR corps will be Garcon, Moss, Morgan, Hankerson, Banks & Briscoe. Armstrong, Austin & others are cut. Armstrong & Austin makes practice squad. RB corps will be Helu Jr., Morris & Hightower. Royster goes to practice squad. LB corps will be Fletcher, Orakpo, Kerrigan, Riley, Alexander, Markus White, Chris Wilson, Rob Jackson & Bryan Kehl. Keenan Robinson to practice squad. DB corps will be Hall, Wilson, Griffin, Brandon Meriweather, Tanard Jackson, Crawford & Gomes. David Jones to practice squad. OL corps will be T. Williams, Eric Cook, Chris Chester, Willie Smith, Will Montgomery, Tyler Polumbus & Gettis OR Lichtensteiger. DL corps will be Carriker, Goldston, Jenkins, Bowen, Cofield & Chris Baker.

  3. By e1ghty8 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I forgot Maurice Hurt should fit in on the O-Line as well. He’s been playing well.

  4. By James W D on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    My Projected 53 man Roster. I had to leave some of my favorites out 8(

    Alexander, Lorenzo
    Baker, Chris
    Bernstine, Jordan
    Black, Jordan
    Bowen, Stephen
    Briscoe, Dezmon
    Carriker, Adam
    Chester, Chris
    Cofield, Barry
    Cousins, Kirk
    Crawford, Richard
    Cundiff, Billy
    Davis, Fred
    Fletcher, London
    Garcon, Pierre
    Golston, Kedric
    Gomes, DeJon
    Griffin III, Robert
    Griffin, Cedric
    Grossman, Rex
    Hall, DeAngelo
    Hankerson, Leonard
    Helu, Jr., Roy
    Hightower, Tim
    Hurt, Maurice
    Jackson, Rob
    Jackson, Tanard
    Jenkins, Jarvis
    Jones, David
    Kehl, Bryan
    Kerrigan, Ryan
    LeRibeus, Josh
    Lichtensteiger, Kory
    Meriweather, Brandon
    Montgomery, Will
    Morgan, Josh
    Morris, Alfred
    Moss, Santana
    Orakpo, Brian
    Paul, Niles
    Paulsen, Logan
    Polumbus, Tyler
    Riley, Perry
    Robinson, Keenan
    Rocca, Sav
    Royster, Evan
    Smith, Willie
    Sundberg, Nick
    Williams, Madieu
    Williams, Trent
    Wilson, Chris
    Wilson, Josh
    Young, Darrel

  5. By 20HTTR12 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    e1ghty8 I agree with your list. I would like to add The TE’s should be Niles Paul and Fred Davis.

  6. By ALLinSKINS on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Its a reason why on a few bubble up to the top to play football at the highest level. As a fan I respect you all as ball players and wish you nothing but success rather you are on the final 53 for the skins, practice squad or chasing endeavors as where. Hats off to you guys and GOD BLESS. HTTR!!!!

  7. By ALLinSKINS on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    looks like Hightower is still not there yet after the leg injury. I wonder does that mean another vet is coming to town.

  8. By BraveStarrEric on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    The Starting receivers that showed the most benefits to the skins are garcon, moss, briscoe, Armstrong, banks and Robinson. hankerson and Austin to the practice squad because their presence on the offenses wasn’t as powerful; will it be in the regular season? probably not. If the redskins give up on talent like banks , Armstrong , Robinson that we all have seen will quickly get snatched up, then we would have to face them later on. Not good. Hankerson & Austin I’m sure our defense would rather deal with. But bank’s and armstrong’s fly route and bank’s kick return ability are valuable.I like morgan but I think i would go with briscoe’s speed and route running consistency plus he is a big target.

  9. By herman on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    cut the whole team. Redskins suck..welcome to the bottom of the NFC EAST. The will be lucky to win 5 games.

  10. By ALLinSKINS on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    The fact you took time as a cowgirl fan to come post a comment on a REDSKINS blog says alot about you and your spare time chief. Now go back to moms basement and finish your leftover meatloaf. HTTR!!!!!

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