The Redskins made two roster moves today before the team’s open OTA practice today. Nebraska WR/KR De’Mornay Pierson-El was part of the group of 14 UDFAs the Redskins signed after this year’s draft. He was featured in a Q&A between Cadillactica and Corn Nation as a part of our A Closer Look series which gets more info from the SBN writers who cover college football. And he was also profiled by Bill-in-Bangkok and Gibbs4potus two weeks ago. In that article, Hogs Haven readers gave the UDFA signing of De’Mornay Pierson-El a C with 44% of the vote, and 61% said it was unlikely he would make the team. You were right, and the Redskins have cut the local kid.
In the corresponding roster move, the Redskins announced the signing of former Richmond Spiders TE Garrett Hudson. The UDFA Hudson(6’4”, 245lbs, 23yo) played 3 years at Richmond, and ended his college career with 65 receptions for 1,001 yards and 9 TDs in 37 games.
(stats via Washington Post)
Move tight end with decent size and athletic ability, Hudson may not have enough quickness out of his breaks to uncover consistently against man coverage and he may not have the speed to threaten down the field. While he has the movement skills to get to his targets in space as a blocker, he hasn’t shown enough consistency in that area to be projected as a likely success story as a pro. Hudson should find a camp invite, but may not have the talent to stick on a roster.
The Redskins had 5 TEs on the roster before signing Hudson, and he is a big longshot to make the roster or even the practice squad. Starter Jordan Reed is still recovering from a toe injury, and Vernon Davis is locked into a significant role if he stays healthy. 2nd year TE Jeremy Sprinkle will look to get more playing time this year. The team re-signed Manasseh Garner, and added UDFA TE Matt Flanagan this year. That’s a crowded position group with question marks all over.