The Redskins roster bubble showed more signs of volatility after cornerback Courtney Bridgett, lost to injury, was released to make room for defensive lineman Jake McDonough. McDonough will crowd competition along the defensive line, while the thinning of the secondary sends a message to other players.
Mandatory roster trimming won’t happen for another month, but the game of survival is already playing out. Linebacker Brandon Jenkins was actually the first player to be let go, a move apparently foreshadowed by the drafting of Trent Murphy.
Only four more practices before Bill Belichick and the Patriots provide Gruden and Co. their inaugural 60-minute test. Three remaining practices are to be joint-practices with the Patriots being invited to Richmond for a lead up to Thursday nights pre-season opener. The Redskins secondary could be the first unit put on display in this early stage of the season.
Three players, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen and Leonard Hankerson, are on the PUP list. Hatcher’s absence points to the signing of McDonough who joins the team today.
With Hankerson out, opportunities increase for other wide receivers, especially in the case of rookie Ryan Grant. A target like 6-4 Cody Hoffman, the only receiver on the depth chart to match Hankerson’s stature, could seize some attention for himself as well. Unfortunately Jerry Rice Jr. suffered an injury that could sideline him indefinitely, clearing more space to enhance competition along the roster.
The Redskins work week will wind down tomorrow for Fan Appreciation Day, with one more practice before taking Sunday off. Come Monday the competition will really begin to thicken.
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