Follow along with all of the Washington Football Team’s cuts as they shape their 53-man roster.
The Washington Football Team’s season will be kicking off in just a matter of days. But before they can start prepping in full for their game against the Philadelphia Eagles, there is still one major milestone they must pass. Cut day.
By 4 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon, Washington and the rest of the NFL teams will have to have their 53-man rosters set. Shortly thereafter, the team will look to add players to their practice squad and claim additional players off waivers to fully shape their team before the 2020 season.
This year, Washington’s cut to 53 is going to be extremely interesting. There’s a new brain trust in charge of the team with Ron Rivera and Kyle Smith, and they have emphasized competition during camp. There are a fair amount of roster locks — or at least players that appear to be — but the roster bubble this season is large.
It also doesn’t help that there wasn’t a preseason this year. All player evaluations have had to take place at practice during an abbreviated offseason, so that will make it a lot more difficult for Rivera and Co. to decide who to keep. The sample size is simply limited.
There are plenty of key players to watch in the coming hours. Notably, Reuben Foster’s status bears watching, as he could be cut or moved to IR. Additionally, guys like Cornelius Lucas and Hale Hentges will be under the microscope as they try to lock down a role with the team.
There are plenty of other players holding their breath as they look to make the roster. For one last full 53-man roster projection, click here. We’ll soon see if that projection ends up being anything close to correct.
For the next 24 hours, we’ll be posting Washington’s roster cuts here. They may not all come in by exactly 4 p.m. ET, but stay tuned for all the latest news and notes as Washington solidifies their preferred 53-man roster to start the 2020 season.
12:01 p.m. ET: In a surprise move, Washington decided to part ways with Adrian Peterson. The veteran runner was expected to be a key part of the team’s rotation moving forward, but now, they’ll move forward with four backs on the roster: Antonio Gibson, Bryce Love, JD McKissic, and Peyton Barber.
9:01 p.m. ET: Alex Smith’s status was one of the hotly-debated topics in the lead up to Washington’s roster cuts. He was always going to be with the team, but it was a question of whether or not he’d be on IR or the 53-man roster. Signs are pointing toward Smith making the team, as first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.