Running back Mack Brown, veteran tight end Logan Paulsen and defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins were among 22 players released by the Washington Redskins as the team began trimming the roster to 53 before Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline.
Wide receiver/returner Rashad Ross fought off strong competition to retain his roster spot, a source told Breaking Burgundy. Center Austin Reiter has made the final roster, Breaking Burgundy confirmed, in addition to the release of Brown, Jenkins, WR Kendal Thompson, WR T.J. Thorpe, G Nila Kasitati, OT Isaiah Williams, CB Lloyd Carrington, OLB Mike Wakefield and WR Maurice Harris. CB Mariel Cooper was waived with an injury settlement.
Other reports have the Redskins releasing Paulsen, FB Joe Kerridge, TE Marcel Jensen, DL Matt Ioannidis, OT Takoby Cofield, C/G Josh LeRibeus, OL Vinston Painter, DL Jerrell Powe, LB Carlos Fields and S Geno Matias-Smith. OLB Lynden Trail and DE Corey Crawford tweeted out news of their release. The full list s below. The Redskins likely won't announce any moves until after the deadline passes.
The moves mean S Deshazor Everett also earned a spot on the 53-man roster as the Redskins kept 11 defensive backs.
The release of Jenkins and Ioannidis, Washington's fifth round pick, opened the door for rookie free agent Anthony Lanier as Washington's sixth DL.
Players released can be added to the 10-man practice if they clear waivers. That's the hope with Brown, Thompson and Williams, sources told Breaking Burgundy. Thorpe is another possibility after impressive training camp and preseason work along with Harris and Carrington.
Brown ran all over the Buccaneers in Wednesday's preseason finale and led the NFL with 227 yards in preseason. That wasn't enough as the Redskins appear set on finishing the day with three running backs. Undrafted free agent Robert Kelley bloomed into a viable option throughout the summer.
Paulsen's release, first reported by the Washington Post, likely means the Redskins will open the season with Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and Niles Paul at the position with Derek Carrier on the PUP list.
Paulsen did not make Breaking Burgundy's final 53-man roster projections. Reiter did based on a source indicating he was in the lead for a spot heading into the preseason finale and Long dealing with a sprained ankle.
Breaking Burgundy writer Manny Benton confirmed Harris's release. ESPN and Pro Football Talk also provided release information.
RB Mack Brown
FB Joe Kerridge
WR Kendal Thompson
WR Maurice Harris
WR T.J. Thorpe
TE Logan Paulsen
TE Marcel Jenkins
C Josh LeRibeus
G Vinston Painter
T Isaiah Williams
T Takoby Cofield
DL Cullen Jenkins
DL Corey Crawford
DL Jerrell Powe
LB Lynden Trail
LB Mike Wakefield
LB Carlos Fields
CB Lloyd Carrington
CB Mariel Cooper
S Geno Matias-Smith