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Redskins 53-man roster: Rob Kelley survives

September 2, 2018 GMT

The Redskins trimmed their roster from 90 men to 53 by Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline and running backs Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine both survived the cutdown.

Washington decided to keep five backs on the roster: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall, Kelley and Perine. But Marshall (sprained ACL and MCL) will go on injured reserve freeing up another roster spot before Week 1, coach Jay Gruden said Saturday.

The Redskins elected to not have a backup for Thompson, the team’s third-down back and one of their most valuable playmakers. In doing so, Washington cut Kapri Bibbs.

Here is the full list of players the Redskins cut: Cornerback Quin Blanding, tackle Kendall Calhoun, tackle T.J. Clemming, wide receiver Simmie Cobbs, Jr., linebacker Vontae Diggs,linebacker Jerod Fernandez, wideout Shay Fields, tight end Matt Flanagan, quarterback Kevin Hogan, tight end J.P. Holtz, tight end Garrett Hudson, cornerback Prince Charles Iwora, quarterback Connor Jessop, guard Kyle Kalis, wide received Darvin Kidsey, tackle John Kling, safety Kenny Ladler, linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, linebacker Dadi Nicolas, tackle Timon Parris, nose tackle Ondre Pipkins, linebacker Pete Robertson, defensive end Dante Sawyer, running back De’Veon Smith, safety Fish Smithson, linebacker Martrell Spaight, cornerback Ranthony Texada, defensive lineman JoJo Wicker, wide receiver WR Daniel Williams, guard Isaiah Williams, running back Kapri Bibbs, wide receiver Brian Quick and center Demetrius Rhaney.


Washington also placed defensive lineman Stacey McGee on the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning he’ll miss at least the first six games of the season. The team also placed cornerback Joshua Holsey (toe) on the non-football injury list and guard Tyler Catalina (shoulder) on IR.

Here’s who made the final 53 with some brief analysis:

Quarterback (2): Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

By cutting Hogan, the Redskins are sure that McCoy’s thumb injury will be healed by the time they face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. Smith, of course, will start, but the Redskins need a backup in case of injury.

Running back (5): Adrian Peterson, Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall

Bibbs was a tough out, but Gruden said it came down to a numbers game. The Redskins would prefer to have two backups for Peterson, who also has a long injury history, to one for Thompson. Gruden said Kelley also earned the spot by being in better shape and running strong in the preseason finale.

Wide receiver (6): Paul Richardson, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Trey Quinn, Cam Sims

Sims makes the roster as an undrafted free agent. At 6-foot-5, the Alabama product is relatively raw, but he flashed big-play potential in camp and the preseason. The Redskins moved on from Quick, a veteran who spent the last years with Washington.

Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle


No surprises here. Holtz was floated as an option so he could serve as a fullback for Peterson, but now the Redskins will look elsewhere on the roster for that role.

Offensive lineman (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Casey Dunn, Tony Bergstrom

Dunn is a little bit of a surprise, but Gruden liked the lineman’s flexibility. Dunn spent time alternating between center and each guard spot. It’s possible the Redskins aren’t done at this position.

Defensive line (6): Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood, Tim Settle

This is a relatively young group that fans should be excited about. Taylor’s comeback again falls short.

Linebacker (9): Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Pernell McPhee, Ryan Anderson, Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Zach Vigil, Josh Harvey-Clemons

Spaight’s release is perhaps the most shocking move of the day. But the Redskins opted to go with Vigil, Harvey-Clemons and Hamilton the latter of whom is a fifth-round pick that the Redskins want to further develop. Robertson, meanwhile, wasn’t consistent enough in the actual games to warrant a spot.

Safety (4): D.J. Swearinger, Montae Nicholson, Deshazor Everett, Troy Apke

It was too soon for Washington to cut ties with Apke after drafting him in the fourth round in this year’s draft. But the Penn State product needs a lot of work.

Cornerback (6): Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, Danny Johnson, Greg Stroman, Adonis Alexander

This position has been set for weeks, but it’s again worth emphasizing that outside of Norman, this group has five combined starts in the NFL all of which belong to Dunbar.