ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins cut cornerback David Amerson, a 2013 second-round draft pick and a full-time starter a year ago. He's the highest-drafted player from that class to be released.
But Amerson's inconsistency bothered the coaches, and he did not play a snap from scrimmage Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. It was the first time in his two-plus seasons that he did not play a snap when healthy. Considering the Redskins were minus starter Chris Culliver because of a suspension and nickel corner Justin Rogers was hurt, Amerson's inactivity was telling.
Amerson's release came with the Redskins' re-signing of defensive end Frank Kearse. With Culliver coming off the suspension list, they will need to make an additional roster move, but not until Tuesday.
Amerson started 23 games in his first two seasons, including all 15 when he was healthy last year. He was the 51st overall pick in 2013.
"It's not what [Amerson] didn't do, it's just that the other guys are playing better," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "He has all the measurables you want, but for whatever reason, they don't show on a consistent basis when he's out there."
The Redskins have only two players left from their 2013 draft class, tight end Jordan Reed and running back Chris Thompson. But that group was drafted by a previous coaching staff and before general manager Scot McCloughan was hired.
"You want to build through the draft, but not all are going to hit," Gruden said. "Who's to say he won't be a great player somewhere else in the next year or so. His career is not over by a long shot. We felt it was time to move on, but we do want to develop our draft picks. That's the goal and the intent."