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A Few Surprises Among Redskins' Final Roster Moves

August 31, 2014

After evaluating their players throughout the offseason and preseason, the Washington Redskins coaches have set their 53-man roster heading into the regular season.

The following players made it to the last day of cuts but were waived by the team Aug. 30:

  • K Zach Hocker
  • OL Maurice Hurt
  • CB Chase Minnifield
  • RB Evan Royster
  • RB Lache Seastrunk
  • S Phillip Thomas
  • RB Chris Thompson
  • WR Nick Williams

A few of these players were thought to be close to making the final roster, but will now most likely be signed by another team or placed on the Redskins' practice squad if they clear waivers.

Redskins 2014: Zach Hocker
Photo Credit: Ed Sheahin/PressBox

Hocker being cut means the kicking job is once again Kai Forbath's. Hocker was drafted by the Redskins during the seventh round of the 2014 draft, which led many to believe he would be sticking around. But his leg strength was not enough to beat out Forbath's accuracy and experience.

All three running backs that were cut should be hot commodities on waivers. Royster and Seastrunk shined at different times throughout the preseason, and the former even has some starting NFL experience. Thompson was never really able to showcase his talents this preseason because of being in and out of the lineup due to injury. But the speedy, pass-catching back has a particular skill set that would be welcomed on a lot of teams. 

Redskins 2014: Phillip Thomas
Photo Credit: Ed Sheahin/PressBox

Going into training camp, Thomas was thought to be a second-string safety. But having been injured for parts of the preseason and with strong performances from other safeties Akeem Davis, Bacarri Rambo and Trenton Robinson, Thomas became expendable.

Williams is a talented wide receiver who can play both on the inside and outside, and can contribute to special teams by returning kicks and punts. He had a strong preseason -- even finding the end zone a few times -- but what hurt his chances to make the team the most was a logjam of talent at his position for the Redskins.

Adding to the roster cuts, the Redskins also released linebacker Everette Brown, and put nose tackle Chris Neild (knee) and linebacker Darryl Sharpton (ankle) on the injured reserve list.

As expected, the team placed defensive end Stephen Bowen and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Both are recovering from offseason knee surgery and did not play during the preseason. Being on the PUP list means they are not eligible to return to competition until at least Week Six of the regular season.

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