The Redskins made a few roster moves today, with more moves likely over the next few days. Per the NFL transaction report, the team waived cornerback Richard Crawford and strong safety Akeem Davis. Both players had previously been waived by the Redskins and then re-signed. Crawford was released at the final 53-man cutdown in August, and re-signed to the team last week. Akeem Davis originally made the team, but was released when the Redskins claimed Duke Ihenacho off of waivers from the Broncos. Davis was signed to the practice squad the next day, and then re-signed to the main roster a week later. Both players have practice squad eligibility and could be signed if they clear waivers tomorrow.
There are two spots open on the practice squad thanks to two other roster moves the team made. The team has waived 2014 7th Round pick, TE Ted Bolser from the practice squad. Bolser was nicknamed "War Daddy" by Coach Gruden, but that amazing nickname has not translated into making it onto the field. Bolser was drafted for depth and special teams, but the Redskins have another tight end on the practice squad and Bolser has not stood out. The team's depth at tight end has been tested this year with starter Jordan Reed missing every game since injuring his hamstring in Week 1, and Niles Paul being knocked out of the game last week with a concussion. Jordan Reed's goal is to be back this week, and Niles Paul returned to the lineup yesterday.
The final move was the signing of OLB Jackson Jeffcoat to the main roster from the Redskins practice squad. Jeffcoat is another Texas linebacker who suffers from Papier-mâché Pec Disorder(PPD), along with teammates Brian Orakpo and Keenan Robinson. Jeffcoat went undrafted this year, but was signed by the Seattle Seahawks after the draft. He was released when the team dropped to 75 players, and the Redskins added him to their practice squad a week later. This gives the Redskins four OLBs after they waived Gabe Miller a week ago.
Jackson is an OLB/DE out of Texas who was a Senior last year. He led Texas is QB pressures (19), sacks (13), tackles for a loss (22), and tackles (86). Last year alone he was a Consensus All-American, Ted Hendricks Award winner (top DE in college), Big 12 Defensive PoY, and First Team All-Big 12. He shares a number of similarities with Brian Orakpo including position, size, school, collegiate production, and the fact that both have won the Ted Hendricks Award (Orakpo won in '08).
These moves leave several holes on the roster. The team's roster now stands at 52 players and they will have to fill that roster spot soon. The team still has two players on the PUP list, DE Stephen Bowen and WR Leonard Hankerson, that can be activated at any time. But there has been no word on a timetable for either player's return. There are also two openings on the team's practice squad. Crawford and Davis could be candidates to fill those spots, or the team could look elsewhere to fill them.