The Washington Football Team made a few minor moves today. The 2020 COVID-19 practice squad rules allow for teams to have 16 players, add up to 6 veterans, and also protect up to 4 players from being poached. Washington used the opportunity to officially protect players in the first week of the season — wide receiver Cam Sims, offensive linemen Joshua Garnett, and safety Jeremy Reaves all made the list — but for some reason the team only protected three players this week(Update: K Brett Maher is the fourth protected player).
Washington has added former Dallas Cowboys K Brett Maher to their 17-man practice squad. As John Keim noted, Washington doesn’t need a kicker right now, Dustin Hopkins is healthy and the clear starter. With current COVID-19 protocols, having a kicker available to elevate from this year’s expanded practice squad could be a good idea, and save All-Pro Tress Way from extra work(Ron Rivera said Maher will also serve as a backup for Tress Way). Maher is the 17th member of the practice squad, so they are full...for now.
Washington signed kicker Brett Maher to its practice squad. They’re now out 17 players on the PS (David Bada doesn’t count toward the max 16)— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 10, 2020