The Redskins signed four players who attended their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. None of them was named Blake Sims, the former Alabama quarterback who was in town trying out as a running back. The Redskins had one roster spot open so they will need to release three players to make room -- and those moves have not yet been learned.
For now, here's a quick look at the four players they did sign:
QB Hutson Mason: Started for one season at Georgia, where he completed 51.9 percent of his deep throws according to NFL.com. However, he does not have a strong arm, as was evident this past weekend. He also needs to get bigger (209 pounds), but he would be a developmental quarterback anyway and would have to spend a year or two on the practice squad. Last season, Mason completed 67.9 percent of his throws with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. He averaged 7.83 yards per attempt. Mason gives the Redskins a fourth quarterback to take to training camp. Washington State's Connor Halliday was supposed to be this guy, but he abruptly left town before the minicamp began and apparently has retired.
OT Tovar Allen: He started as a sophomore and junior, but not as a senior (not sure if it was a demotion or injury related). Allen appeared in eight games for Alabama State last season.
LB Houston Bates: He played defensive end at Louisiana Tech after spending his first three seasons at Illinois (he had 3.5 sacks in 2013, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors). He had an incredible game vs. the Illini during last bowl season with 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss. He’s not big, listed at 6-foot-1, 238 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds during his pro day.
LB Dasman McCullum: In his last two seasons at Southern Miss, McCullum had a combined 23.5 tackles for a loss. He recorded 4.5 sacks this past season. McCullum missed most of the 2012 season after undergoing ACL surgery. McCullum is 6-4, 242 pounds. During an interview with NFLdraftdiamonds.com, McCullum said he needed to get bigger and add leg strength.