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Redskins sign former Colt, Brown, Ram - OLB Garrett Sickels

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Goodbye to fullback Elijah Wellman

NFL: DEC 31 49ers at Rams

The latest set of roster moves, which was announced Thursday afternoon, sees the Redskins finally saying goodbye to Fullback Elijah Wellman, who had, against all odds, stuck around on the Jay Gruden practice squad and 90-man roster for over a year.

The newest Redskin is outside linebacker Garrett Sickels, who was active for Sean McVay’s LA Rams at the end of 2017, but was waived injured a year ago. Sickels was undrafted out of Penn State in 2017, and spent time on the practice squads of both the Colts and Browns before getting signed by the Rams in mid-October of the ‘17 season.

The 24-year-old player is 6’4” and 254 pounds. He has been active for only a single NFL game (the Rams in 2017), but he played in 33 games for the Nittany Lions, collecting 51 tackles and 11.5 sacks from 2014-16.

Sickels joins a solid group of outside linebackers in Washington, led by 4-time pro-bowl veteran Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins drafted Montez Sweat 26th overall in this year’s draft, and he is expected to see significant playing time, along with Ryan Anderson, the former 2nd-round pick out of Alabama.

If Sickels wants to make the team, he will likely have to beat out both veterans Cassanova McKinzy and Marquis Flowers and this year’s 7th round draft pick, Jordan Brailford, who is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. It may be that Sickels has been brought to camp only for as long as it takes Brailford to be ready to practice.