The Redskins officially announced three roster moves over the last two days. Yesterday, they waived 2nd-year center Austin Reiter from the 53-man roster to make room for DT Cullen Jenkins. Jenkins signing was officially announced today, with the details not released yet. It is expected to be another 1-year deal like the one he signed last month. The Jenkins signing comes two days after the Redskins were gashed on the ground for 143 yards and two TDs by the AFC Offensive Player of the Week DeAngelo Williams.
Austin Reiter is expected to be signed to the team’s practice squad if he clears waivers today. OG Nila Kasitati was released to open a spot on the 10-man squad. Reiter was reportedly kept on the roster due to a preseason ankle injury to backup G/C Spencer Long. The Redskins plan to continue developing Reiter, but he will have to do that from the practice squad for now.
Part of Jenkins’ appeal to the Redskins is his ability to play all three defensive line positions, with experience to boot.
“He’s played three-technique, he’s played nose [tackle], he’s played the ‘four’, he’s played the ‘five,’” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jenkins last month. “He’s played a little bit of everything in his career. He’s in good shape. We worked him out today. We wanted to see in what kind of shape he was, what type of body he had right now. He looked like he was good. He moved around good. Got to get his legs back under him out here at practice, get a good look at him, and we’ll make a decision. But to add a veteran player of that caliber I think is a good thing.”
Redskins d-lineman Cullen Jenkins will now wear No. 73 after wearing No. 68 in the preseason.— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) September 14, 2016