The Washington Football Team drafted 10 players which is a large draft class in any year. They traded a 2022 5th to the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire an extra 6th and 7th this year. Ron Rivera said they targeted LS Camaron Cheeseman in the 6th because they didn't think he would be available later.
Another interesting note about that trade was Rivera's reasoning behind it. He was interviewed by B Mitch and Finlay on 106.7 the Fan today and said the team didn't want to compete with other teams for the players they planned on taking in the 7th after the draft. Teams can give UDFAs larger contracts than they would get in the 7th round, and if there is a priority free agent it can add up. Rivera was asked about Shaka Toney, and he agreed that would have been a player that got some extra interest after the draft.
Washington only signed one undrafted free agent, and they made that signing official today. Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson joins the team to compete for a spot with Peyton Barber and Lamar Miller. He was a very productive player in college, ending his 3 year career with 3,884 rushing yards, 52 rushing TDs, 271 receiving yards, and 1 receiving TD.
We have agreed to terms with RB Jaret Patterson— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) May 3, 2021
Washington plans to bring in some free agents this week, both from the draft and street FAs. The team is still doing virtual meetings as part of Phase 1 of the offseason. This ends next Friday, and then Phase 2 begins and teams can start working out on the field. Phase 3 starts on May 24th, and teams can hold 10 days of OTAs, along with mandatory veteran mini-camps.
While on 106.7, Ron Rivera said the team has four roster spots to fill and the team's pro scouts are looking to bring in four or five guys for workouts.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) May 3, 2021
(Per the NFL's offseason rules this year, teams have bring in up to five tryout players for rookie minicamps.)
Part of building the team's roster is adding players through the draft and free agency. The other part is replacing players who aren't part of the team's future. WRs Jeff Badet and Trevor Davis were both released today. The team drafted two new receivers over the weekend, and with these releases, still have 12 on the roster. The competition is expected to be tough for the bottom 2-3 spots of the expected 5-6 player WR corps.
We have released the following players:— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) May 3, 2021
--WR Jeff Badet
--WR Trevor Davis
Note from Bill-in-Bangkok:
With the draft done, the team website just updated the roster. I found that there were three players that had been listed two weeks ago that are now gone. I updated the depth chart I have been publishing from time to time this offseason. As Ron Rivera said, the roster now stands at 86 players, with 4 open roster spots.
Here is my updated depth chart: