RG3, plus 3 more: Redskins keep 4 QBs on roster

RG3, plus three more.

The Washington Redskins are keeping four quarterbacks on their

53-man roster.

Pat White, who this year returned to the NFL after a detour

through baseball, made the cut Saturday when the team trimmed its

roster at the league’s deadline.

He joins Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman as

the QBs for the reigning NFC East champions.

In training camp, White looked like a rusty quarterback who

hasn’t played in the NFL since 2009, the year he was a second-round

draft pick by the Miami Dolphins.

He played better in preseason games, and he provides an extra

bit of insurance with both Griffin (knee) and Cousins (foot) coming

off injuries.

There’s no doubt White can run, but his ability as a passer

remains an open question. He played the entire fourth preseason

game Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completing 13

of 22 passes for 181 yards in a game that included few regular

starters. He also had an interception returned for a touchdown.

White rushed for three touchdowns in preseason, but he didn’t

throw a touchdown pass and was intercepted twice.

He’s similar in style to Griffin, and the Redskins could be

keeping him in hopes of trading him to a team interested in

developing the now-in-vogue read-option attack. He could also serve

as the scout team quarterback to impersonate Michael Vick ahead of

the Sept. 9 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

If there is no trade, and if Griffin and Cousins are healthy for

the opener, White’s time on the roster could be short.

The Redskins essentially have two extra spots for the first four

weeks of the season while linebacker Rob Jackson and defensive

lineman Jarvis Jenkins serve drugs-related suspensions.

The 53-man roster is thin along the offensive line. In addition

to the five starters, the Redskins kept three backups – none of

whom have started an NFL game.

The Redskins made a total of 23 roster moves.

They cut nose tackle Ron Brace; defensive ends Chigbo Anunoby

and Dominique Hamilton; linebackers Marvin Burdette, Vic So’oto and

Will Compton; receivers Skye Dawson, Nick Williams, and Lance

Lewis; safety DeJon Gomes; running back Jawan Jamison; center Kevin

Matthews; cornerback Chase Minnifield; tackles Tony Pashos and

Xavier Nixon; tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi and offensive lineman

Tevita Stevens.

Receiver Desmond Briscoe was waived with an injury designation,

while running back Keiland Williams was released with an injury

settlement. Offensive lineman Maurice Hurt was moved to the reserve

physically unable to perform list.

The club also terminated the contract of cornerback Ryan Mouton

from injured reserve and waived linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy from

injured reserve list with an injury settlement. Running back

Tristan Davis was waived from the exempt-left squad list.

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