The Redskins announced their practice squad yesterday which has the signings of some familiar faces from last season, including some new ones this year.
LB Will Compton
Had the Redskins not brought in veterans Nick Barnett and Darryl Tapp, Compton most likely would have made the team as he again showed signs of progress and played extremely well throughout preseason. Veteran presence on the other hand is what forced him out of the starting lineup, but with London Fletcher not getting any younger, Compton could see the active roster as soon as next year.
DL Dominique Hamilton
Much like Compton, Hamilton faced another deep position with the Redskins and was unable to make the squad for the second season, but with injury concerns surrounding Adam Carriker, Hamilton could see playing time much sooner than expected.
RB Jawan Jamison
While Jamison making the team looked like a long shot, he should be happy to know that Mike Shanahan kept him around, especially after Keiland Williams was performing as well as he was in preseason. Shanahan is no stranger to the running back game, and if all reports are true of Jamison being a poor mans Ray Rice, you can bet Shanahan will get on him on the team sooner than later, possibly as soon as this season.
WR Lance Lewis
With an injury to Dezmon Briscoe, Lewis was lucky enough to make the cut to the practice squad. Though he didn’t do much in preseason, the hope is that he’ll be able to mold into a threat for the Redskins in years to come.
CB Chase Minnifield
What might be the biggest shocker to fans is Chase Minnifield not making the team in 2013, after having a very good preseason campaign. The issue of course could be the knee, in which Minnifield has a micro fracture in. Those injuries can be some of the toughest to overcome, and perhaps he’s having issues again, or the Redskins want to give him one more year of rest while they don’t have to worry about him being snatched via waivers. If healthy, expect Minnifield to make the 2014 roster.
OL Xavier Nixon
If the Redskins offensive line was still in rough shape, Nixon might have made the team as he’s highly looked upon, but due to the starters returning, there just wasn’t enough room. Nixon could be on the starting roster in years to come, but right now practice squad is the only place he fits.
OL Tevita Stevens
Much like Nixon, Stevens has a ton of upside and just wasn’t able to find a place on the team. He should be a depth piece for the Redskins in years to come or one if injuries were to occur this season.
WR Nick Williams
Williams passing through waiver might be one of the best things to happen for the Redskins in a long time. Williams could be the next type of Wes Welker or Danny Amendola type receiver in the NFL. Though small, he is extremely fast and has the skills to make people miss both as a WR and punt returner. Had Chris Thompson not shined in preseason, Williams might have made the roster.
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