The Washington Redskins released one of their draft picks from May and a cornerback trying to return from a bad knee injury a year ago. They also cut one of their two punters on the roster.
Washington released seventh-round draft choice Ted Bolser, a tight end, as well as Richard Crawford, a cornerback who spent the past two years with the Redskins. Neither cut was a big surprise; the Redskins figured to keep only three tight ends and Crawford was the seventh cornerback on a team that will be hard pressed to keep more than five.
Both, however, could end up on Washington’s practice squad. So, too, could offensive lineman Tevita Stevens, also among the cuts. The other cuts as of 5 p.m. Friday: safety Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith and offensive lineman Kevin Kowalski. All the moves, based on reports from ESPN.com, The Washington Post and ESPN980, were expected. The Redskins have to get down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday.
Bolser improved from the spring, but was not yet in a position to help the Redskins from scrimmage and was running a clear fourth on the depth chart. He improved his blocking and his hands got better as well, though he dropped a pass in Thursday’s preseason win over Tampa Bay.
As for Crawford, he missed last season with a torn ACL and LCL in his knee. Before the injury, he likely would have been Washington’s punt returner in 2013.
But he looked rusty upon his return this summer, though he had a good showing at times on defense Thursday with one pass breakup. He broke well on another pass, but the ball was thrown over his head for a completion. However, on punt returns, what he showed before his injury was the ability to make the first defender miss. That was not the case Thursday.
Still, both Bolser and Crawford said they have been told by the team they could return to the practice squad.
The Redskins also cut punter Robert Malone, nose tackle Robert Thomas and receiver Lee Doss. Malone was a mild surprise, though he was inconsistent -- which has plagued him throughout his career. That leaves Tress Way as the only punter on the roster, though that does not yet mean he will be the one punting in the season opener. Way had an excellent night Thursday, averaging 51.5 yards on two punts, but he has never punted in an NFL game and was inconsistent with Chicago this summer before being cut.