Redskins sign Kendall Pace and Ron Thompson Jr., waive Kendal Thompson
The Redskins are continuing to reshape their roster in the week leading up to their second preseason game. They waived receiver Kendal Thompson with an injury designation while signing a couple of high upside players.
Yesterday, the Washington Redskins continued to focus on reshuffling their roster. They signed a new receiver in Jamari Staples while releasing a couple of players. It was expected that they team would continue to add to their roster in the near future. The Redskins had an open roster spot after moving two players yesterday, but they kept that roster spot open on Sunday and instead moved another couple of players.
The Redskins elected to waive recently signed safety Tim Scott and they also waived wide-out Kendal Thompson. The latter player was waived with an injury designation, and he had spent the majority of the season on the PUP list. Thompson’s release is not too surprising, though he was a member of the team’s practice squad last year. His release should establish confidence that rookie receiver Robert Davis is making solid progress towards becoming a member of the team or the practice squad.
The two new players that the Redskins brought in, Kendall Pace and Ron Thompson Jr., are interesting prospects to say the least. Pace is an offensive lineman who played his college football at Columbia. In 2013, he was the youngest player in the NCAA at 17 years old. By the time he was finished at Columbia, he played in 40 games with 39 starts and was a second team All-Ivy League left tackle.
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Pace has a solid 6-foot-5 frame, but at 305 pounds, he is probably best served to be an interior offensive lineman in the NFL. That is, unless he can pack on some extra weight and gain strength. He could find a spot as a developmental offensive lineman on the team’s practice squad, especially if he plays guard. The team needs help at the backup position, given the struggles that Arie Kouandjio has faced on the field.
As for Thompson Jr., he projects to be a rush linebacker in the Redskins 3-4 scheme. In his final season at Syracuse, he recorded seven sacks and had some pass rushing potential. Since the Redskins lost Trent Murphy to a torn ACL and MCL, the team needs to find some upside and depth, in the event that the oft-injured Junior Galette can’t get up to speed prior to the season. Thompson could have a shot to make the practice squad, and if he impresses, that could give the Redskins that little extra depth that they need.
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Overall, these are once again moves with upside that may just end up being camp bodies. These guys will get one chance to prove that they are worth keeping, and it will be interesting to see if either can latch on with the team. And with one roster spot still open, it will be interesting to see if the Redskins bring in any new players in the coming weeks. Perhaps an embattled kicker could find a spot with the team.