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Harris was a speedy, big-play receiver at Arkansas, averaging 16 yards a catch for his career. He was with the Redskins for training camp last year and did little to stand out either in practices or in his limited appearances in preseason games. Harris was released in the first round of cuts.
The Redskins signed him originally after a rookie minicamp
last May and he spent the entire season on the practice squad. Jonathan Alston
appears to have the size to gain a roster spot in the NFL. At times, he shows
the ability to excel, but his problem is a lack of consistency.
Positives: Nice-sized lineman who displays explosion at times. Quick off the snap, jolts defenders at the point of attack and turns them off the line. Stays square, gets hands into opponents and a solid position blocker who walls defenders from the action. Keeps his feet moving throughout the play and quickly picks up stunts or twists.
Negatives: Lacks the dominant base, does not get much push from run blocks and has difficulty finishing. Does not play with great balance.
Analysis: Possessing growth potential, Alston has a shot at the next level if he could improve his blocking strength and balance. Flashes ability yet needs to take his game to another level and display more consistency. On a team that is looking for depth on its line, he has a good opportunity here.
That's Texas College that's Combs' alma mater, not Vince Young's Longhorns of the Big 12. The Steers of the Red River Conference were a club football team prior to 2004. It doesn't look like much of a resume for the NFL and Combs was the longest of long shots to make the team in 2005. In the early preseason games he struggled, dropping two passes and losing a fumble in the exhibition opener. As things went on, he showed some development He didn't ultimately make it, but he did survive up to the final cut and was on the practice squad for a couple of weeks.
Let's just say that this guy isn't exactly a choir boy. He faced felony marijuana charges while in college and the case was resolved like this, according to the Houston Chronicle:
Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Jonta Woodard was sentenced on Tuesday to two years in prison for receiving marijuana in the mail and possessing steroids, but he will not serve any time behind bars.
Woodard pleaded guilty to receiving 15.1 ounces of marijuana through the mail, an amount that necessitated a mandatory trafficking charge.
He is expected to enter a supervised program that will remove the marijuana conviction form his permanent record after five years.
That's not all. Woodard was suspended for the final game of the season for his former employers, the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. According to a report on CBC Sports:
Woodard was ejected during the fourth quarter for physically abusing an official during a skirmish with Toronto's Eric England. As he was leaving the field, he made an obscene gesture at the fans and threw a cup at a spectator who originally threw it at him.
One has to wonder who the Redskins will have him room with--Sean Taylor, perhaps?
Johnson was originally drafted in the fourth round in 2002 by the Baltimore Ravens. He caught 11 passes in 19 games over two season before being released. His rather pedestrian speed (4.7 in the 40) and good size suggest that he'll try to fill the possession receiver role that's been missing from the Washington offense.