Redskins sign Robert Davis from practice squad, claim Kyle Kalis off waivers
The Washington Redskins are bringing some new, young talent onto their roster. They signed receiver Robert Davis from the practice squad and claimed Kyle Kalis off waivers.
The Redskins have had to make a lot of roster moves this year. Dealing with a seemingly endless supply of injuries, the team has had to shift around depth many times this season. On Monday afternoon, the team made a few more roster moves that should excite the Redskins fan base moving forward.
Per the team’s official website, the Redskins have signed sixth round rookie receiver Robert Davis off the practice squad and claimed Kyle Kalis off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts. To make room for these two players, the team waived defensive lineman Caraun Reid and linebacker Pete Robertson. The moves to get Davis and Kalis onto the active roster are solid ones, and they should allow for an interesting finish to the season.
Many have been calling for the promotion of Davis throughout the season. At the beginning of the 2017 campaign, the Redskins had only five receivers on the active roster, as Maurice Harris and Davis were confined to the practice squad. The Redskins waited too long to call up Harris, who had in impact when he finally saw the field. Now, it is Davis’ turn to showcase his talent.
With the addition of Davis, the Redskins will have six receivers on the roster, but Harris is dealing with a concussion. He may be out for Sunday’s game, and that would give Davis a chance to see his first NFL action. Davis was known for his electric speed and solid frame at Georgia State, and he has the upside to be a playmaker. Given that Terrelle Pryor went on Injured Reserve and never panned out, it’s possible that Davis could find a role in the offense for the final month of the season. He is essentially auditioning for a bigger role in 2018, and he should have a chance to win it.
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Meanwhile, getting Kalis back was a coup for Washington as he had been with them in the offseason. Kalis had impressed the team and showed upside, so many were surprised when the Redskins elected to keep Tyler Catalina over Kalis. The reasoning behind this was that Kalis could only play guard while Catalina had positional versatility. Unfortunately, the Indianapolis Colts claimed Kalis on waivers before he could make it to the Redskins practice squad.
Kalis saw action in four games with the Colts this season and actually started two of them. He didn’t look too good when out on the field and definitely needs some time to develop, but at least he now has experience. The Redskins are likely just stashing him on the roster for now as they don’t want to risk losing him again.
However, this could also signal that either Trent Williams or Morgan Moses will miss some time to end the season. The Redskins realistically should want to give their starters some rest, but if they are missing either, the top offensive line would get shaken up again. Ty Nsekhe would move to the starting tackle role with Arie Kouandjio taking over at left guard and Catalina serving as the backup tackle. That would leave a hole on the interior of the line, until Chase Roullier is healthy, so that may be what Kalis is here to fill. Either way, he is a lineman with upside so getting him back is good news.
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Overall, these moves are ones that will help the Redskins build for the future. Robertson and Reid weren’t going to push the needle for the team. Davis and Kalis could help the offense in the final month so these were definitely worthwhile transactions.