The Washington Redskins on Saturday finalized their moves to trim their active roster to 53 players by the league’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.
The team waived the following players:
- K Zach Hocker
- OL Maurice Hurt
- CB Chase Minnifield
- RB Evan Royster
- RB Lache Seastrunk
- S Phillip Thomas
- RB Chris Thompson
- WR Nick Williams
In other related roster moves, the Redskins:
- Released LB Everette Brown
- Placed NT
Chris Neildand LB Darryl Sharptonon the Reserved/Injured list
- Placed DE
Stephen Bowenand WR Leonard Hankersonon the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list
The team previously announced Friday it had waived the following eight players:
- TE Ted Bolser
- CB Richard Crawford
- S Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith
- WR Lee Doss
- OL Kevin Kowalski
- P Robert Malone
- OL Tevita Stevens
- NT Robert Thomas
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said after Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – a 24-10 Washington victory – that several players had made strong cases for a final roster spot, beginning with offseason workouts and continuing through OTAs, minicamp, training camp and through four preseason games.
Gruden, who is in his first year as an NFL head coach after spending the past three seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator, said he definitely understands the potential impact of every roster decision he makes.
“You have to be sound with your decision making,” he said. “You have to be good to your players and try to get the most out of them and be a good motivator and teacher and win. That’s the bottom line – win or you’re done.”
The NFL’s waiver claim period ends at noon Sunday, at which time teams may sign as many as 10 players to their practice squad.
To be eligible for the practice squad, a player cannot have an accrued season of free agency credit, and/or was on the 46-player active list for less than nine regular-season games during each of any accrued seasons. A player cannot serve on the practice squad for more than three seasons, either.
The Redskins take on the Houston Texans Sept. 7 in their season opener at NRG Stadium.