RG3, plus 3 more: Redskins keep 4 QBs on roster
RG3, plus three more.
The Washington Redskins are keeping four quarterbacks on their
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
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
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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