No Shockers Among 21 Cuts

The Redskins included a fan favorite, two former draft picks and a receiver who made a name for himself early in training camp among their final cuts today. There might not have been a major surprise, though there was a mild one when Cedric Killings was released.

They trimmed the roster to 53 after releasing 21 players today, including receivers Jimmy Farris and Mike Espy and two draft choices from last year Robert McCune and Manuel White.

They will name the rest of their nine-man practice squad Sunday. Philippe Gardent already is on the practice squad. The roster could change Sunday or Monday. Typically, the Redskins will make a couple moves based on other teams cuts.

Among those released: DB Julian Battle, DB Curry Burns, DL Nic Clemons, DB John Eubanks, OL Spencer Folau, RB A.J. Harris, WR Steven Harris, OL Jasper Harvey, LB Spencer Havner, OL Kili Lefotu, DL Vaka Manupuna, LB Robert McCune, DB Christian Morton, TE Buck Ortega, OL Chris Pino, WR Richard Smith and DL Joe Sykes.

Killings' release allowed the Redskins to keep two rookies, Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery. The latter was unimpressive early in camp, partly because of injuries. But he gradually improved and his size makes him valuable. Golston is small, but quick and with a good motor.

Folau, a week ago, was a safe bet for a roster spot ahead of Jim Molinaro. But Folau was unimpressive in the last two outings, allowing Molinaro to reclaim a spot.

Ortega's release means the Redskins have only two tight ends. But Mike Sellers can play there in a pinch and there's a good chance White will be on the practice squad; he can play fullback and tight end.

Also, Nehemiah Broughton made the roster, which might surprise some but it shouldn't. Broughton is a good blocker and his size and speed can make him a solid special teamer.

McCune never progressed at linebacker. Lefotu is another draft pick who failed to make the roster. 

Espy is a candidate for the practice squad. Though he was a nice early-training camp story he failed to impress on returns.

Farris, too, was a longshot despite being a fan favorite. But, like last year, the Redskins could always bring him back if there's a need.

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