One day after trimming the regular roster to 53, the Washington Redskins began filling out their 10-player practice squad while searching waivers among the NFL's free agents for possible help on the main squad.
Running back Mack Brown and wide receiver Maurice Harris will rejoin the Redskins as members of their 10-man practice squad, sources confirmed with Breaking Burgundy, along with defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis. The team announced their fifth-round pick was among nine players signed Sunday, hour after the first eight were revealed.
Fullback Joe Kerridge also becomes a PS member according to a tweet from his agent. OLB Lynden Trail revealed he would stay with the Redskins via his Twitter account.
Vinston Painter, added to the roster last week, is another practice squad member, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.
The Redskins released 22 players Saturday to reach the regular season limit of 53, including Harris and Williams. NFL teams had until 12 p.m. Sunday to claim players off waivers. At that point, the players become free agents. Practice squad moves begin officially at 1 p.m.
Running back and defensive line figure to be positions added for the practice squad. Washington kept only three runners and six lineman on the main roster.
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 to make the 53-man roster as the Redskins went with three running backs. Undrafted free agent Robert Kelley bloomed into a viable option throughout the summer and emerged as the third option behind Matt Jones and Chris Thompson. Jones (sprained shoulder) is expected to play in the opener after missing the last two games, but his status could lead to an early call for Brown.
Ioannidis seemingly lost his spot to undrafted free agent Anthony Lanier following a lackluster summer. Considering the uncertainty with those on the active roster, there will be opportunity for Ioannidis to join them if he improves.
Harris impressed during the summer thanks to his route-running and 6-foot-3 frame. The Redskins have a strong group of six wide receivers and Harris couldn't break into that group. However, he could become a valuable option especially if first round pick Josh Doctson suffers any setback from his lingering Achilles injury. Same applies for Thompson, who quickly picked up the position after playing primarily quarterback in college.
Kasitati and Painter provide depth inside on the offensive line. The presence of Williams could signal the end Takoby Cofield in Washington after the tackle spent last season on the practice squad.
Here's some basic practice squad 411:
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