Washington released Steven Sims Jr. to make room for David Sharpe, who was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. For the moment, the roster remains at 86 players, including International Pathway Player David Bada, who has a roster exemption.
--We have activated T David Sharpe off the Reserve/COVID-19 List— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 23, 2021
--And released WR Steven Sims Jr. pic.twitter.com/g76TbCH5hA
NFL teams have to cut their roster down from 85 players to 80 by Tuesday, 4 pm Eastern Time, though Washington will continue to get the exemption for Bada. The team has to move 5 players off the roster by tomorrow afternoon.
Third-year wideout Steven Sims Jr. has had it rough since his sophomore season in the NFL. The undrafted free agent out of the University of Kansas was primed to be a premier player for Washington in 2020. Instead, Sims became a liability to the team, struggling as a punt returner and a receiver. Drops and fumbles created the perception that he was on the hot seat in Washington. Ultimately, he failed to overcome it as his preseason performance was lackluster, combined with a bad dropped pass against the Cincinnati Bengals last Friday.
What does this mean for the wide receiver position now?
Antonio Gandy-Golden, Isaiah Wright, Dax Milne, and DeAndre Carter are fighting for the sixth and seventh spot at the receiver position.
On Friday, Gandy-Golden had a good outing against the Bengals, three catches for 38 yards, which is great for his confidence and a good boost to help him make the roster. But, is it too late for him? Or is he firmly in the sixth slot to make the team?
Carter would be strictly on the roster for special team purposes, which is fine; however, I think Carter only makes the roster as a seventh receiver, so it's hard to see he is in the lead in any way. More importantly, Carter is a plant-and-go guy as a returner, does very little dancing, and picks up positive yards, which bodes well for a player in the spot he’s in.
Milne impresses coaches and media members who are at the practices and should be someone people to pay attention to in the preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.
Isaiah Wright was once looked at as a potential solution to the special team return woes that Washington has had. Still, it seems that he is firmly in the last place with this roster battle as he is struggling to outshine any of the receivers on this list unquestionably.
For me, it’s looking like Gandy-Golden and Carter, if they decide to keep seven, will end up making the final 53-man roster.
Who do you all think makes the roster at the receiver position?