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Poaching players from NFL roster cut downs: the AFC West

Let’s find some diamonds in the rough

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This series will involve scouting - electronically - the 90 man rosters of the other 31 teams in the league for players who might get left behind at final cut downs, who could potentially provide value as the 52nd or 53rd man on the Redskins’ roster.

This edition takes a look at the AFC West, home of the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and Oakland Raiders.

Red other articles from this series:

Poaching players from NFL roster cut downs: the AFC East

Poaching players from NFL roster cut downs: the AFC South

Denver Broncos

Brett Rypien (QB) - As of this point, things don’t look good for the nephew of Redskins great, Mark Rypien. If the Redskins need QB depth, there’s a pretty good chance he could be available come cut downs. The bad news? He’s behind ex-Redskin Kevin Hogan on the depth chart.

Demarcus Walker (DE) - A second round pick out of Florida State in 2017, Walker has had an underwhelming pro career so far. He is a bit undersized for an interior pass rusher, but he could have a place in nickel packages

George Aston (FB) - Consider this a bone to all of Hogs Haven’s “smash mouthers.” We all know Jay isn’t putting a FB on the roster, but this UDFA from Pittsburgh has shown promise in the Broncos’ camp. With the OL in transition, perhaps this is the year for a FB.

Kansas City Chiefs

Byron Pringle (WR/ST) - A 2018 UDFA from Kansas State, Pringle was out all last season with a hamstring injury. He’s been a special teams difference maker on the Chiefs though this pre-season, and with depth at WR, may not make their roster.

Deon Yelder (TE) - Signed as a UDFA by the Saints in 2017 out of Western Kentucky, he’s currently 3rd or 4th on the depth chart for the Chiefs. Route running is apparently his strength, and he could also be a special teams contributor.

John Lovett (TE/QB/Trickster) - Mentioned in the same vein as Taysom Hill, this Princeton-educated UDFA appears to be a jack of all trades, and has already been highly praised for his special teams work. If he happens to slip off the roster, the Redskins should give him serious consideration.

Los Angeles Chargers

Easton Stick (QB) - This 5th rounder from North Dakota State is currently behind Phillip Rivers, Tyrod Taylor, and Cardale Jones on the depth chart. There’s a chance he could be someone the Chargers try to stash on the PS, and could certainly be worth a look.

Cortez Broughton (DT) - A 7th round pick out of Cincinnati, Broughton has looked good in the Chargers camp on a talented and deep defensive line. Curiously, he sits behind ex-Redskin Anthony Lanier on the depth chart.

Spencer Drango (OT) - Drango was drafted in the 5th round in 2016 by the Browns. He filled in for an injured Joe Thomas in 2017 and has spent time on the Chargers’ PS in the past. He could be a potential depth signing.

Oakland Raiders

Keishaun Nixon (CB/ST) - This slot corner was a UDFA out of South Carolina. He could potentially serve as defensive back depth, but more importantly, could also serve as a contributor on special teams.

Keelan Doss (WR) - I profiled Doss here before the draft, and was impressed by him then. The UC Davis product went undrafted, but his stellar Senior Bowl performance (where Jon Gruden was a coach) must have caught the Raiders’ eye. At 6-2, 211, he could add some needed size to the Redskins’ receiving group.

Anthony Rush (NT) - This massive (6-5, 350) nose tackle from the University of Alabama-Birmingham could potentially be an interesting addition to the strongest group on the Redskins’ roster.

Next up: NFC East


Are there any players on this list that you think the Redskins should keep an eye on?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Brett Rypien (QB)
    (51 votes)
  • 3%
    Demarcus Walker (DE)
    (18 votes)
  • 1%
    George Aston (FB)
    (7 votes)
  • 10%
    Byron Pringle (WR/ST)
    (57 votes)
  • 3%
    Deon Yelder (TE)
    (19 votes)
  • 9%
    John Lovett (TE/QB)
    (55 votes)
  • 14%
    Easton Stick (QB)
    (81 votes)
  • 0%
    Cortez Broughton (DT)
    (5 votes)
  • 17%
    Spencer Drango (OT)
    (97 votes)
  • 0%
    Keishaun Nixon (CB/ST)
    (3 votes)
  • 8%
    Keelan Doss (WR)
    (50 votes)
  • 7%
    Anthony Rush (NT)
    (43 votes)
  • 13%
    None of the above
    (76 votes)
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