Analyzing the Washington Redskins' 2012 Practice Squad
After a few last-minute moves, the Washington Redskins practice squad is set.
Overall, the group is made up of young projects who most likely won't see the field this year. Players like Doug Worthington and Tom Compton spent time with Washington this year and could see some more time if someone is injured, but mostly they are practice bodies.
There's always the hope that you can find the diamond in the rough with some other team's waived players. This year, both Emmanuel Arceneaux and Michael Hoomanawanui could emerge as legitimate talents, but they face uphill battles.
Let's take a look at everyone who made the Redskin's practice squad this year.
RB Antwon Bailey
Antwon Bailey spent some time in the Redskins' camp this Summer and did enough to warrant a spot on the practice squad. Had Tristan Davis not been placed on injured reserve, Bailey might not have been so fortunate.
Bailey is a Syracuse product who set school records for receptions and receiving yards by a running back. Originally, he is from Landover, Md. and has some ties to the Redskins from his childhood.
In preseason, he had one fumble and didn't do much else to help his stock. He's a raw talent and most likely won't find his way onto the roster at any time this season, unlike Evan Royster last year.
LB Darryl Gamble
Darryl Gamble played five games for San Diego last season after coming out of Georgia. At 6'2", 255-pound Gamble has good size, but likely won't see any action this year due to the depth at the position.
Gamble made the practice squad over Markus White, who was later picked up by Tampa Bay.
FB Robert Hughes
Robert Hughes went undrafted in 2011 but spent time with both Chicago and Tampa Bay. He was a standout at Notre Dame, and could fill in for Darrel Young in an emergency.
Like Antwon Bailey, Hughes is mostly on the practice squad because Dorson Boyce was placed on injured reserve. Boyce looked good in the preseason, but isn't going to be available.
DL Jason Shirley
Jason Shirley was Cincinatti's fifth-round pick in 2008. At 6'5" and 329-pounds, Shirley has great size at the position, but hasn't been able to find a home with the Bengals, Seahawks, Panthers or Colts.
The Redskins are pretty deep along the defensive line, so don't expect to see Shirley anytime soon. If he can get all that size together with some more polished play, he could become an NFL-caliber player, but for now he's a good practice body.
OT Tom Compton
Tom Compton was a four-year starter at South Dakota before he was drafted in the sixth-round of last year's draft.
Compton showed flashes of talent during a couple of the preseason games, but apparently didn't show enough to warrant a roster spot on a rather thin offensive line. Look for him to develop with more practice time and possibly come in as a reserve later in the year if things don't work out with Tyler Polumbus and Jordan Black.
DE Doug Worthington
Doug Worthington was with the Redskins through camp and preseason. Again, the defensive line is pretty deep, so there isn't much room for Worthington.
He is a promising young player who should only get better with more reps. This may not be his year, but he could definitely have a future with this team or another.
WR Emmanuel Arceneaux
Emmanuel Arceneaux played two years in the Canadian Football League before joining the Minnesota Vikings last year for three games. He is a big target at 6'2" and 215 pounds, which is something the Redskins were looking for.
Arceneaux is still relatively unknown, but he does have talent. We'll see how he develops on the practice squad this season and if there's a chance he can step in next year with a crowded group of young receivers.
TE Michael Hoomanawanui
Despite having an incredibly difficult name to spell, Michael Hoomanawanui had seven catches for 83 yards in eight games with the St. Louis Rams last year.
"Illinois Mike" as he was dubbed in St. Louis, looked promising in the 2010 preseason after he was drafted in the fifth-round, but couldn't stay healthy with the Rams. He is surprisingly shifty for his size and is a solid receiver when he can play.