Predicting the Redskins practice squad following the cut to 53
One of the more surprising cuts of the 2017 period was Kyle Kalis. The undrafted rookie had been working as the primary backup at the left guard position. He was working ahead of veteran Arie Kouandjio and many believed that he would be the No. 8 offensive lineman.
However, Kalis was cut on Saturday morning as the Redskins opted to keep fellow undrafted man Tyler Catalina instead. There is no doubt that Kalis has potential, but the Redskins must have wanted to see more consistency out of him before awarding him with a roster spot. On the practice squad, Kalis will have a chance to grow and improve and maybe earn a spot on the active roster later in the season.
Just about a week ago, the Redskins made a trade that sent defensive back Dashaun Phillips to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for Lucas Crowley. The center from North Carolina was buried on the Steelers’ depth chart, and the Redskins needed some depth in wake of the injury to Spencer Long. With Long uncertain to be ready for the opener, the team will need some organizational depth at center.
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Ronald Patrick was waived with an injury settlement, so Crowley becomes the obvious candidate to stay on the practice squad. Crowley doesn’t have the strongest frame, and that’s why the team cut him. But they may need an emergency center if Chase Roullier goes down and Spencer Long isn’t healthy.
For now, Crowley will have chance to make the practice squad. However, if Long gets healthy, it could end up being a short stay for the center.