Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Redskins Sign Jones, Grant

The Redskins added a total of one player today to their roster. They released one and signed two (see my math there?).

Their first move(s) today was to release injured cornerback Crezdon Butler and sign cornerback David Jones. JP Finlay has the details on that.

Simpy put, this was a depth signing for the Redskins. Butler was just wasting space on the roster since he was injured so they released and picked up another corner that could step into the game if need be. The Redskins are terrible at cornerback and have the worst secondary in the NFL. It's quite possible that Jones could see the field and get a few snaps this Sunday.

Jones played with the Redskins in the preseason. He had eight tackles before being cut. Jones has been in the NFL since 2007 and is currently working with his third team. He played with the Saints and the Jaguars prior to coming to Washington.

The biggest signing of the day, and possibly the biggest news of the day, was the signing of former Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant. Grant confirmed the signing on his own Twitter page today. Check out JP Finlay's article for more details.

Grant was a stand out runner for the Green Packers for the past few seasons. He was released this offseason and the Redskins signed him today.

This is an interesting signing. I don't expect it to effect the playing time of Alfred Morris very much, however. Expect this to effect Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster. Helu could be finding himself on the outside looking in. Helu is out with a lower body injury and the signing of Grant deosn't bode well for his future on this team in my opinion.

Grant and Royster will likely compete for the second running back spot on the depth chart. Royster has been used as a screen play/pass play back this season and expect the Redskins to try to do some of that with Grant. I don't see the point of the Redskins having four running backs on the roster so I wouldn't be surprised if they did something with Helu Jr.

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Source: CSN Washington