Predicting the members of the Redskins practice squad for 2019 after roster cuts
S Jeremy Reaves
Reaves was one of the more surprising cuts by the Redskins. The former South Alabama safety was with the team in 2018 as an undrafted free agent and he spent most of the season on the practice squad. He did see a bit of action in the final two games of the season and signed a futures deal with the team after the season.
Not many were focused on Reaves during the offseason. Undrafted free agent JoJo McIntosh was getting more love in very early roster projections. But Reaves played very well in the preseason and did a lot to strengthen his case for a roster spot.
Reaves was never going to have a legitimate chance to overtake 2018 fourth-round pick Troy Apke, as Apke made strides during the preseason and simply has elite speed. But Reaves did enough to make a case be a fifth safety and shore up what was viewed as one of the team’s thinner positions on the roster.
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It’s possible that Reaves could be claimed on waivers. He just turned 23 a couple of days ago, so his combination of youth and upside could make him an attractive safety candidate for many teams. But if he doesn’t, the Redskins should do everything they can to keep him around. He was consistently good during the preseason and was one of the best players on the field in the preseason finale.
We’ll soon see what happens with Reaves, but the team should be interested in retaining him.