According the the Redskins Blog, 5 players got sent home today: [via]
The Redskins today announced the release of five guys: running backs Anthony Alridge and P.J. Hill, wide receivers Marko Mitchell and James Robinson, and defensive lineman Anthony Montgomery.
Mitchell has to be the biggest surprise on the list. He was a seventh-round draft choice last year who became a fan favorite during training camp and preseason, and seemed like a promising weapon for the offense of new coordinator Kyle Shanahan and head coach Mike Shanahan. Not to be, apparently.
I’m not sure why Marko Mitchell playing pre-season and doing well means anything to anyone, because when all is said and done — preseason largely means nothing. Because in the end, it’s hard to brag about taking it in from 19 yards out when all the other team is out of position because it was probably their first or second snap of their career in the red zone and they had no idea what they were doing.
Here is what does matter — Donovan McNabb is going to be taking the snaps.
There is a new offensive tackle in Trent Willams to protect him
And if nothing is working out wide – Portis, Johnson, and Parker are still on duty…. and that is one heck of a veteran backfield. Most people think one of the three will be released before September — I disagree. A 3 headed monster at running back is a nice thing to have, even if this is a passing era in NFL football. And if I’m not mistaken, the Dallas Cowboys and NY Giants are still in the division and they like to have all 3 of their backs in rotation on Sundays….. the reasons to keep all 3 far outweigh the consequences of cutting 1 and have him produce for another team, or division rival for that matter (Philly?) The 3 headed system promotes teamwork, competition, and there is always a backup ready at a moments notice.
The Redskins aren’t missing any of these guys, even if the fans for whatever reason… are.