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Roster Moves: Redskins sign Keenan Reynolds to practice squad as possible kick returner

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The Redskins returning unit right now is...not good.

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The Redskins made a few roster moves to their practice squad yesterday, and also worked out at least one other player that wasn’t signed. Former 1st round DE Tyson Jackson hasn’t been signed yet, but recently signed DE Arthur Jones did not practice yesterday after dislocating his shoulder last week. The team did announce they signed former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds to the practice squad. Jay Gruden talked about him in his presser yesterday:

“Yeah, we worked him out today. He’s getting a physical and if everything passes, there’s a chance we bring him in on the practice squad. But, yeah, to take a look at a returner in the future possibly.”

Reynolds(5’10”, 185lbs) was drafted in the 6th round by the Baltimore Ravens last year, and he was converted to WR. He spent most of last season on the Ravens’ practice squad and was signed to the active roster for the final game. Reynolds was waived at final cuts this year.

The Redskins return game has not been good this year, and has featured Jamison Crowder, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley(wtf?), and DeAngelo Hall). There have been injuries, poor decisions made, fumbles, and a lack of positive plays from this unit, and the team is obviously looking for a better option there. Could Reynolds be that guy eventually? Maybe, but the Redskins will have time to evaluate him in practice now. The Redskins released WR Shakeir Ryan from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

The other roster move did involve signing a defensive lineman, it just wasn’t Tyson Jackson. The team announced that former Clemson DE Tavaris Barnes(6’3”, 284 lbs) will be joining the practice squad. He was an undrafted free agent signed by the New Orleans Saints after the 2015 NFL Draft. Barnes was on the Saints and credited with 12 games in his rookie season with 5 tackles recorded. He was waived the following year, and spent brief time with the Seahawks and Buccaneers over the past two years. The Redskins released Givens Price from the practice squad to make room for Barnes.

The Redskins also waived DB Stefan McClure from injured reserve with an injury settlement.