Jawan Jamison signed off practice squad

It's not a move that's going to change the Washington Redskins' fortunes, but it is one that could give another young player a chance. Regardless, it's a nice holiday boost for rookie running back Jawan Jamison, who was signed to the active roster Tuesday.

Jamison is the sixth rookie to be on the roster this season. The only player in the seven-member draft class who will not have been on the active roster this season is fourth-round safety Phillip Thomas; he was placed on injured reserve before the season. But the class has a ways to go before it can be considered a good one. For now it looks like one that will yield one standout (tight end Jordan Reed), one contributor and potential starter (corner David Amerson) and a lot of question marks.

Jamison takes the roster spot vacated when Evan Royster was placed on injured reserve after suffering a high ankle sprain in Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Jamison, a seventh-round pick, spent the first 13 games on the practice squad. He did not stand out this summer, and barring injuries it's hard to see him doing much, if he's even active. Jamison was known at Rutgers for his ability to make defenders miss once past the line of scrimmage. He also did a nice job in pass protection, though he had a tougher time of that this summer when facing players bigger than those he competed against in college.