Redskins 2019 practice squad tracker: Who makes the cut after the cut?
By Ian Cummings
The Redskins are nearing finalization of their 53-man roster, but even then, the process is not yet complete.
Even after the formation of the 53-man roster, the Washington Redskins still have work to do. There are two roster spots left to fill after the transfer of Jordan Brailford and Shaun Wilson to injured reserve, and the practice squad also needs to be put together.
The practice squad consists of ten players excluded from the original roster. Practice squad players are typically younger players who possess upside, and many fringe cuts often find themselves on the squad. Four players on the squad can be veterans, but the other six, at a minimum, must have no more than two total seasons of accrued experience.
Teams often gravitate toward players with whom they are familiar, so don’t be surprised to see some casualties from yesterday’s cut down make the Redskins practice squad. All it takes is a bout of injuries like the ones the Redskins have been subjected to in recent years, and a practice squad player could become a member of the active roster.
In this article, we’ll track the additions to the Redskins practice squad in real time, and update the article when a new addition has been made. Be sure to check back with us, as there will be new inclusions as the day goes on.
Redskins 2019 Practice Squad Tracker
1:21 PM EST: Three players have already been added to Washington’s practice squad. Per ESPN beat reporter John Keim, the Redskins have added second-year cornerback Adonis Alexander, second-year receiver Cam Sims, and UDFA rookie Ryan Bee to the practice squad.
Alexander had an uneventful preseason, and for now, the 6-foot-3 defensive back has not progressed as quickly as the team would have hoped. Still, they’ll keep him around for another year to try and unlock his potential. Sims is a welcome squad addition, as he was a preseason standout last year. He wasn’t as consistent this preseason, and a few drops in Game 4 may have led to his release. But he’s back with the organization in a new capacity, along with Bee, who was one of Washington’s most consistent contributors on the defensive line.
With a 6-foot-7, 300-pound frame, Bee offers plenty of upside for defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to work with, and with his signing to the practice squad, Bee’s supporters are bound to be buzzing.
1:34 PM EST: The Redskins have signed fourth-year TE J.P. Holtz to the practice squad, per John Keim. He is their fourth addition this year, and while he’s been in the NFL for four years, he has no regular season games under his belt. He has been used as a versatile tight end-fullback hybrid by the Redskins at times in preseason, and he seemed to be one of their most consistent reserve options in preseason this time around. He’ll serve as emergency depth if Jordan Reed’s injury concerns persist.
2:00 PM EST: Per D.C. sports reporter Ben Standig, the Redskins will sign second-year offensive tackle Timon Parris to their practice squad. Parris performed better than Geron Christian in the preseason, and showed tangible growth as a boundary blocker. This is a great get for Washington, and it gives them at least a little bit of security for their precarious tackle situation.
2:41 PM EST: According to John Keim, the Redskins managed to add Jeremy Reaves to their practice squad. The second-year safety, who just turned 23 years old, was a standout all through preseason. He led the team in tackles overall, and showcased impressive tenacity and play speed. Troy Apke got the nod for the active roster due to his physical upside, but Reaves could get called up at some point, if the team’s safety situation deteriorates.
2:50 PM EST: Per Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post, undrafted rookie running back Craig Reynolds has also been added to the Redskins practice squad. Reynolds was a versatile weapon out of the backfield at the University of Kutztown, and he showed some of that upside in preseason, leading the team in rushing for multiple weeks. The Redskins like having a surplus of multi-faceted backs, and Reynolds is well-placed on the practice squad.
4:31 PM EST: According to Redskins.com writer Ryan Fowler, two more players have been added to the Redskins practice squad. Second-year wide receiver and special teams ace Jehu Chesson will be kept on the unit, as will Darrell Williams. Williams is an undrafted rookie who has a very underwhelming athletic profile, but showed good aggression on the field in preseason. For a team with an unproven linebacker unit, Williams provides potential insurance.
The Redskins 2019 Practice Squad
- CB Adonis Alexander
- WR Cam Sims
- DL Ryan Bee
- TE J.P. Holtz
- OT Timon Parris
- FS Jeremy Reaves
- RB Craig Reynolds
- WR Jehu Chesson
- LB Darrell Williams