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:
Praying for all my brothers on this unfortunate cut day—
Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 30, 2012
Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong:
Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe:
Morning twit fam! Blessed to have woken up this morning! Keep me in your prayers. Important day today!—
Dezmon Briscoe (@DezBriscoe89) August 30, 2012
Safety Jordan Bernstine:
Linebacker Markus White:
Cornerback David Jones:
Played my heart out for you tonight "Esco" no matter what happens this season is dedicated to you. R.I.P.—
David Jones (@_djones20) August 30, 2012
Offensive lineman Adam Gettis:
Cornerback Brandyn Thompson:
In gods hands—
Brandyn Thompson (@BThompson_BT) August 30, 2012
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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