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Fincher Among Five Players Cut

(updated 2:30 p.m.)

The Redskins cut five players, according to a Tweet by the team's official blogger. Offensive lineman Devin Clark, defensive tackle Michael Marquardt, wide receiver Marques Hagans, linebacker Alfred Fincher and safety Michael Grant are former Redskins. Fincher was a key contributor on special teams last season.

There were no real surprises as the Redskins trimmed their roster to 75 ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

Hagans, a former Virginia standout, began camp as a top candidate for the fifth wideout spot, but struggled in the preseason opener and never regained solid footing.

Fincher was considered expendable because the Redskins signed linebacker Robert Thomas in free agency and drafted linebackers Cody Glenn and Robert Henson with special teams in mind.

Clark began last season on the practice squad. He was signed to the active roster late in the season and was active for two games. The Redskins are expected to carry nine offensive linemen on the opening 53-man roster.

By Jason Reid  |  August 30, 2009; 1:39 PM ET
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Comments

Zorn made the cut?

Posted by: jmy999 | August 30, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I guess Glenn, Hanson, or Wilson must have impressed at LB and on special teams for the Skins to cut Fincher...

Posted by: siris | August 30, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

No surprises here...... Looks like Glenn and/or Henson are probably safe.

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | August 30, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Loser: Redskins. The Redskins look like a team with a top-5 defense and a bottom-5-10 offense, which is roughly what they have been for five years now. Winning 7-8 games seems about right -- they'd beat start quickly before the schedule and weather turn severe -- which probably puts them bottom of the pack, unless a division foe gets ravaged by injuries. --jla

I don't mind seeing this, this team does much better when they're disrespected. If everyone was touting them right now, we'd really be in trouble! Just keep talking about how great the rest of the division is...he-he.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 30, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

this team does much better when they're disrespected.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 30, 2009 1:45 PM

What does this mean? They've been disrespected since about 20 minutes after Dan Snyder bought them. How has that made them do better?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 30, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure another LB is going to have to get cut.

1 Orakpo
2 Fletcher
3 McIntosh
4 Blades
5 Thomas
6 Wilson
7 Glenn
8 Henson

Maybe one of the rookies ends up on the Practice Squad

Posted by: Wemiss21 | August 30, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

anyone catch HB lowering the hammer on fred taylor the other night?? wow, took him off the ground, and helicoptored him...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Patience guys. Jason La Canfora can predict all he wants. The season starts soon, we will all find out who the looser in NFC East is, assuming the New England's game is a prelude to what is to come, the Skins should do great this season.

Posted by: abxinc | August 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

What does this mean? They've been disrespected since about 20 minutes after Dan Snyder bought them. How has that made them do better?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 30, 2009 1:49 PM

Well, can't argue there. It was more about not living up to expectations when they're picked to do anything.

Plus, I'm tired of rehashing the past (as fun as it has been). I really kinda like where this team is heading, so I'm looking ahead not back. Mmmmm, now that's some tasty kool-aid ;)

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 30, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I actually think the Eagles will have a down year. Vick will divide the team by mid-season and many will be calling for him to start. Jim Johnson's untimely death will certainly impact the defense. Plus they have lost their starting MLB for the season and their Offensive Line has injuries and new faces.

I think the Giants are the team to beat in the division and I am hoping the Redskins are in a position to surprise some people and challenge for the division title.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | August 30, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Prediction:

Fincher signs with New Orleans. Double GG makes him a Pro Bowler. Can't believe we cut that guy....

Posted by: RlTCA | August 30, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

JLC can say all he wants, I'd like to get his take on his man crush shawn springs not playing on friday and furfilling everyones predictiions including campbell.

Posted by: drewkinnear | August 30, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Was fincher even with GG?? i thought he was just signed last year.

Posted by: drewkinnear | August 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Fincher, Devin Clark, Hagans, Marquardt, Michael Grant -- I'm thinking at least two get picked up elsewhere.

And I'm wondering if Edwin Williams winds up on the practice squad. That face belongs on a buffalo nickel.

Somebody mentioned Andrew Crummey getting signed by someone else -- Andrew is a very talented guy, a mid-round caliber choice who fell off the radar after a horrid injury.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Zorn was controlling the clock and spoke to it in his presser yesterday. Said he didn't want to leave time on the clock for the Pats. . . .

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | August 30, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks--didn't see that. And I do see the logic. We're talking Brady-Moss, after all.

Posted by: farstriker | August 30, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Was fincher even with GG?? i thought he was just signed last year.

Posted by: drewkinnear
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I'm going off the basis that GG loves speed guys (ala Wilson) and that Fincher can be his new secret weapon. Plus NO can use some LB help.

Posted by: RlTCA | August 30, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

And not to mention that he would be with Leigh Torrence, so that would make us doubly cursed.

Posted by: RlTCA | August 30, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm, now that's some tasty kool-aid ;)

Posted by: stevek20147 |

Yep, I'm taking a swig myself, day by day. Getting excited. Esp. if we keep some of these young players and make difficult cuts of core Redskins.

Posted by: farstriker | August 30, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

JLF always have something crazy to say about the skins.

Posted by: redonmyskin | August 30, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

forgot leigh torrance parallel, also, if tryon was just in his presence he would no longer be a liablity

Posted by: drewkinnear | August 30, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

who's home ?

Posted by: redonmyskin | August 30, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: RlTCA | August 30, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Um, let's see, how do I do this again? Oh yeah...

beep beep

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 30, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure another LB is going to have to get cut.

1 Orakpo
2 Fletcher
3 McIntosh
4 Blades
5 Thomas
6 Wilson
7 Glenn
8 Henson

Maybe one of the rookies ends up on the Practice Squad

Posted by: Wemiss21 | August 30, 2009 1:52 PM

We must both agree that among your list, Nos. 1 thru 6 must be excluded. and that leaves Cody Glenn and Robert Henson. First, Cody Glenn, 6'0'' 244lbs was drafted 5th round no 22 and 158 overall in 2009 and Robert Henson,6'0'' 242lbs was drafted 6th round 186th overall.
They both are almost evenly matched, but Cody Glenn was a star running back before converting to linebacker, which may give him a tiny little edge; however,Henson is a natural athlete with great agility and speed (4.61) which may be very useful on on special team. So, who would you cut?

Posted by: abxinc | August 30, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

i thought they like glenn better

Posted by: drewkinnear | August 30, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Patience guys. Jason La Canfora can predict all he wants. The season starts soon, we will all find out who the looser in NFC East is, assuming the New England's game is a prelude to what is to come, the Skins should do great this season.

Posted by: abxinc | August 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Did you not see our defense get thrown on at will? I have concerns. Nine wins max! (I hope I'm wrong)

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | August 30, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Henson the son-in-law of TD Jakes?

God must be on his side.

On the other hand, if Glenn gets cut, I want to hear his explanation at the press conference.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 30, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Releasing Fincher is a bit of a surprise. He was a hold over from last year, and our special teams certainly has not looked good this year at all. But didn't we already lose khary campbell as well who was a ST standout. I dont know about or ST this year.

One things for sure we have to find room for Mason, Mitchell and Alridge.

Posted by: gcoles32 | August 30, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Please keep Mason and Mitchell !!!!!!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 30, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey lavararrington:

I guess the coaching staff knows nothing about evaluating talent either. CLARK played out of position and hurt, admirable traits. But he played like a stiff. The "SKINS had no choice. That doesn't mean he won't play in the NFL eventually. He has talent. It just wasn't his time and place man.

Posted by: glawrence007 | August 30, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure another LB is going to have to get cut.

1 Orakpo
2 Fletcher
3 McIntosh
4 Blades
5 Thomas
6 Wilson
7 Glenn
8 Henson


You know I had to go to the Roster to look up LB Robert Thomas. I don't recall much from him, so why do you think he is safer than wilson?

Posted by: Veretax | August 30, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Lendi Holmes is a beast

Posted by: ryjufox3 | August 30, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

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