Washington Redskins Training Camp: 4 Veterans Who Will Be Cut Before Opening Day
We have come a long way since the lockout began last March.
Many in the media, including yours truly, thought that we'd have a drastically shortened season, but, lo and behold, not only are we not going to miss a single regular season game, but the first Redskins' preseason game is just two days away.
With that said the Redskins have a 90-man roster that needs to be trimmed to 53 before opening day, so sadly 37 guys are going to be unemployed or demoted to the practice squad.
There are plenty of guys within that 37 that are camp fodder, but there are a handful of guys from last year's team that won't be around too much longer and might not even make it to the second preseason game.
This prediction shouldn't come as a shock to anyone who has kept watch over Malcolm Kelly during his Redskins career.
Him being cut isn't because of any lack of talent, but because the man just can't stay healthy.
If it's not his bad knee bothering him, it's his foot or ankle. Seriously, the guy needs to be wrapped in bubble wrap 24/7.
Kelly, on the rare occasion he's gotten on the field for the Burgundy and Gold, has made some explosive plays, which is probably why he was put on injured reserve last season instead of being cut, but the problem is that he can't stay on the field.
I think if Kelly can find a way to stay healthy, he'll be a big threat for a team out there. Sadly, it probably won't be for the Redskins.
At this point it's time for the Redskins to part ways with Kelly.
This one hurts for me to type, because I really like fullback Mike Sellers. But throughout camp, the coaches have had him practicing with the tight ends, a position where the Skins have a ton of talented depth, so that isn't a great sign.
And to top it off, he's listed as fourth on the unofficial depth chart released by the team last week.
As a guy signed as an undrafted free agent from a junior college and the Canadian Football League, Mike has accomplished more than anyone thought he would in football.
If he does get cut, he's probably the one on this list I'll miss the most.
No doubt that Brandon Banks was a threat to take it to the house every time he touched the ball last season, which may make his inclusion on this list seem odd.
However, this offseason, he was involved in an altercation outside of a Washington, D.C., night club where he was stabbed.
Now one incident doesn't condemn a player, but Chris Russell of ESPN980 in D.C. has reported that there are those in the organization who are fed up with Banks' shenanigans (ones that were never reported to the media). And with the team drafting Niles Paul, who is similar to Banks as a homerun threat on returns, this might be the end for the speedster in D.C.
I'm sure this one doesn't come as a complete shock to Redskins fans. After all, how many times have we seen Graham Gano miss a field goal inside 40 yards during a close game?
The fact that the Redskins brought Shayne Graham into camp for competition for Gano doesn't bode well for the incumbent, but the fact that Graham has a better career percentage than Gano almost spells the end for him.
Mark my words, if Gano misses a single field goal inside 40 yards during the preseason, he'll be cut the next day.