Wash­ing­ton cuts Nate Sud­feld, go with 2 QBs

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - The Associated Press Wash­ing­ton Red­skins quar­ter­back Nate Sud­feld throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers dur­ing a pre­sea­son game in Tampa, Fla.

ASH­BURN, Va. — Even with un­cer­tainty about the fu­ture of Kirk Cousins, the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins cut Nate Sud­feld to go with just two quar­ter­backs on their ini­tial 53man ros­ter.

Sud­feld, a de­vel­op­men­tal prospect after be­ing a sixth- round pick out of In­di­ana in 2016, was among the team’s most no­table cuts made Satur­day be­fore the dead­line. Cousins is play­ing a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son on the fran­chise tag and could cost $34 mil­lion if re­tained un­der the same terms in 2018.

The only other quar­ter­back on the ros­ter is 30-year-old Colt McCoy, who’s un­der con­tract for the next two sea­sons.

Run­ning back Matt Jones was waived and vet­eran safety Will Black­mon re­leased. With Black­mon gone and DeAn­gelo Hall on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list, Wash­ing­ton is left with a young group of safeties as free agent ad­di­tion D.J. Swearinger (26) and Su’a Cravens (22) are ex­pected to start.

Jones was the starter go­ing into last sea­son but fum­bled three times in seven games and was in­ac­tive the fi­nal nine games. He skipped vol­un­tary off­sea­son work­outs in the hope of be­ing traded or re­leased.

The Red­skins kept nine of their 10 draft picks this year, cut­ting only six­throunder Robert Davis and go­ing with five re­ceivers de­spite in­jury concerns about Josh Doct­son. A first- round pick last year, Doct­son missed most of his rookie sea­son with Achilles ten­don in­juries and a chunk of the pre­sea­son with ham­string tight­ness.

Josh Har­vey-Cle­mons, a seventh-rounder out of Louisville who’s mov­ing to in­side line­backer from safety, was ar­guable the big­gest ros­ter sur­prise. Har­vey- Cle­mons r eturned an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down in the fourth pre­sea­son game Thurs­day at Tampa Bay.

Be­fore mak­ing their fi­nal cuts, the Red­skins traded 27-year-old tight end Derek Car­rier to the Los An­ge­les Rams for a 2018 seventh-round pick.

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