Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Redskins Release Minnifield

In a sad turn of events, the Redskins have waived rookie cornerback Chase Minnifield. Minnifield was supposed to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Following OTA's and minicamp, the UVA grad was expected to have a significant impact on the Redskins secondary. He impressed a lot coaches, scouts, and analysts (myself included).

Following his senior season for the Cavaliers, he underwent micro-fracture knee surgery. That procedure caused him to fall out of the draft completely. He was once expected to go in the third or fourth round.

According to Minnifields agent, his knee condition has since gotten worse. It is now to the point where Minnifields agent says his client won't be able to play football for at least a year.

If Minnifield is not claimed off waivers, he will automatically be added to the Redskins injured reserve list.

To fill in the open spot at cornerback, the Redskins have signed veteran free agent cornerback David Jones. Jones was originally a fifth round draft pick of the Saints in 2007.

Jones has played in 54 regular season games over five seasons. He has started 12 of those games and has recorded 75 total tackles.

Jones could benefit the Redskins on defense and special teams. He has recorded 13 special teams tackles over his career.

Expect Jones to see significant playing time throughout the preseason. The only set in stone Redskins starting defensive back is DeAngelo Hall. Jones will compete with Kevin Barnes, DeJon Gomes, and Josh Wilson as the teams number 2-3 cornerback.

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Source: Redskins Website