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Practice Squad Gets High Marks

Say what you will about the top end of the Redskins' roster and the state of this season, but you can't deny that the team has built up a nice little practice squad. These guys are getting snatched up by other teams.

On Oct. 22, offensive lineman Andrew Crummey was signed to Cincinnati's active roster from the Skins' practice squad. On Nov. 8 the Skins released depth corner Leigh Torrence, and two teams put in claims, with New Orleans, a team battling Washington for a final wild card spot, getting him.

Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis spoke about Crummey, a Maryland product, during his conference call the other day, saying he is a player who may be able to compete for a starting center spot next year. "We do think he has a good future in the NFL," Lewis said, saying he would get "an opportunity to see what he can do in the league."

On Nov. 19 the Chiefs signed practice squad linebacker Curtis Gatewood to their active roster; on Nov. 27 Houston signed corner Mattereal Richardson to its active roster, and on Monday the Bears signed WR Devin Aromashodu from the squad. That's pretty unprecedented around here.

"I have to give them credit, they put together one of the best practice squads in the league," one NFL executive said. "They tend to overestimate their 'stars, but there are some interesting kids on the practice squad."

Morocco Brown, the team's director of pro personnel, deals most directly with the practice squad and the back end of the roster, looking for depth and role players with an upside. Brown excelled in a similar role for the Chicago Bears.

Many teams around the NFL that are not in playoff contention often use these last few weeks to get a jump on their January "future" signings, plucking players from practice squads who may have a shot to stick with them next season. Fullback Nehemiah Broughton and corner Byron Westbrook are the current members of the practice squad who have been around here the longest.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 11, 2008; 1:53 PM ET
 
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Comments

Don't forget about Marcus Mason, Jasno.

Posted by: psps23 | December 11, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see if this coaching staff will develop any of the practice squaders into starters or even competent backups.

Posted by: TWISI | December 11, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I never know who the college players are to draft, just know what we should be looking for. Here's what I said before the 2008 draft (they only had 9 picks at the time I posted, they actually had 10 during the draft).

O-line 4 picks
d-line 2 picks
WR or DB 1 pick
LB 2 picks

No picks: QB, TE, RB or special teams


Didn't go that way ... did they? I said no picks at TE, QB or teams. They used 3. How have Davis, Colt and Brooks been?

I suggested 4 o-line picks. They took 1. Now its pretty much the consensus up here that the aging OL is our #1 issue. There is somewhere between 2 and 5 slots to fill. Chad Reinhart, if he pans out, can only play 1.

LB, we lost Washington (shocking, I know) and Fletcher is hurting. Did we draft anyone there? Nope. We are out of depth there, need to hope Rocky, Blades and Fletcher all stay healthy the rest of the way.

I said 2 DL picks, they took 1, then traded away 3 future picks for Taylor and James.

1 pick for WR or DB. They used 5 on those positions. The WRs aren't doing much (though the draft strategy is defensible). The DBs, Horton has been good and Moore looks promising. As Greg can tell you, I wanted to address WR with a trade (Boldin or Housh), as opposed to the draft. But at least they tried to address that issue.


All in all, if I can figure out what this team needs, why can't the Spaghetti Gang?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 11, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A mixed metaphor that works even better than both of the originals combined. Love it.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 11, 2008 1:58 PM

Or, "the hole is grader than the some of the parts"?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 11, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Why do people keep mentioning Suggs as a potential FA acquisition?

We play a 4-3 and Bmore base is 3-4.

He's too small to play DE and he dosen't fit the normal OLB role.

Quit it. Just quit it....

And just because you draft 4-5 OLine man dosen't mean they will pann out in the end and you're still back t square one.

Quit it. Just Quit it.....

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 11, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

And just because you draft 4-5 OLine man dosen't mean they will pann out in the end and you're still back t square one.

Quit it. Just Quit it.....

Posted by: DaReal4th

That's precisely why you draft 4-5, not just 1.

Posted by: psps23 | December 11, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Who is Leigh Torrence?

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 11, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Morocco Brown, the team's director of pro personnel, dals most directly with the practice squad and the back end of the roster, looking for depth and role players with an upside.

By Jason La Canfora | December 11, 2008; 1:53 PM ET

Here's a thought. Do you think he'd make a good GM once Cork and zfpjr get Vinny fired with their insightful posts?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 11, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Who is Leigh Torrence?

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 11, 2008 2:12 PM

The best thing to happend to football since the invention of the helmet.

Posted by: Masonman | December 11, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

ryp, you really can't define Leigh Torrence in words....they don't do him justice...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 11, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

How come only Vinny gets the blame and not other people in the scouting department?

JLaC loves Morroco Brown, but what part has he had in the decision making?

This post is Very much pro-Morroco and Anti-Vinny..........

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 11, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 11, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

thoughts on which team grabs the final wild card spot...?

5. TB
6. ??

Was, Dal, Atl, Phi, N.O., Chi

Posted by: forever21 | December 11, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

DeAngelo Hall had more INT's in his first quarter as a Redskin than Torrence did in three years. He was worthless although E. James should have been released and Torrence retained.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 11, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

N.O. will grab the spot, just like (and because)they grabbed Leigh Torrence.

Posted by: Masonman | December 11, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

It kills me to say it but......Dallas.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 11, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

If the squad that's good, why can't Morocco Brown be elated to GM and do the same thing for the entire team? Hello............?

Vinny Cerrato can keep his job helping free agent bonus babies onto Snyder's jet.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 11, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

To a certain extent, you have to hand it to Vinny; he has surrounded himself with more than capable front office officials in Scott Campbell and Roc. Maybe, in his own hapless yet convoluted way, he's actually attempting to build something here. He's certainly no genius, but who working as a GM is? He's been in winning programs before with Notre Dame and the 90s 49ers; perhaps he has learned a thing or too?

Posted by: card1 | December 11, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

You just don't understand. This is a clever plan -- let other teams develop Crummy et al, then after they've played 9 years, we'll trade 2 draft picks and get them back once they're 34 and really experienced.

Posted by: groundhogdayguy | December 11, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I think our losing 4 out of the last 5 games is a direct result of cutting Leigh Torrence. I'm afraid this might have a Curse of the Bambino effect on this franchise. Oh, how I rue the day we let Leigh Torrence don a uniform other than the maroon & black....

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | December 11, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Now you're just bringing up Torrence to throw gas on the fire.

Posted by: jvwright | December 11, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

best insider yet!!!

didn't the linebacker from nebraska get picked up by somebody, also? why pick up hagans and not bring back mix?

a note on crummey: multiple time all american and all acc. the only reason he was NOT drafted was because he broke his leg his senior here at maryland.

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 11, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

gee, I made a similar observation about the team's practice squad months ago. Way to do research, Jason.
Also, is it me, or whenever the Post writes articles about how lowly the Skins' next opponent is, they (inadvertently) provide bulletin board material for the opposing squad? Just a thought.

Posted by: ColumbiaUSkins | December 11, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

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