Labor Day Blog-ette
Hey there. Hope you're all having a great weekend. I'm trying to stay low key and do the family thing, but thought I would throw a lil somethin up here for the diehards. After the widespread NFL cuts came down Saturday there were a handful of players available I thought might interest the Skins. Some of them probably did, but the younger guys have to clear waivers first, and Washington's 10-6 record last year puts them low on the waiver claim list. A few older free agents are still out there, and could be had before the team heads back out to practice Tuesday.
The name that jumped out at me most was Minnesota offensive lineman Chris Liwienski. He's played at a decent level in this league for a long time, and would surely be an upgrade for a second-string line that was punished regularly in the preseason. But, according to league sources, the Redskins did not make a play for him. He's heading to Arizona, to play for Dennis Green, his former coach with the Vikings. I think thus guy would have been a nice pickup.
A younger lineman who showed some promise last season was Rob Petitti. He started 16 games for the Cowboys as a rookie, and, while, taking his lumps, I thought could at least push Jim Molinaro for a backup tackle spot, an area of particular concern. The Redskins may have made a waiver claim, but it's a moot point as New Orleans claimed him. A young tackle who was cut by Kansas City, Jeremy Parquet, I thought might be worth a chance. Al Saunders would know him a bit from the Chiefs. However, the Skins had not called him as of last night, sources said, and Atlanta was expressing some interest.
Finally, Dwayne Carswell might not be able to play in the league anymore after suffering a bunch of injuries in an accident a few years back. He blocked for Portis in Denver and, yeah, that's a different scheme there, but again, if these guys were willing to give 400-pound Lincoln Kennedy a look-see during camp, I thought maybe Carswell would be worth a look. Wasn't able to pin down his health situation, Carswell did get through all of camp for the Broncos
On the defensive side of the ball, lineman Carlos Hall and corner Duane Starks are on the decline, but have put in some very solid years in the past. Both are Rosenhaus clients too, and we know how Snyder likes to do business with him, so you never know. They could probably provide some cover in a pinch.
Anyway, just some names for you to consider. I still have a feeling at least one new face will be at Redskins Park tomorrow, and I'll get any details up here on the blog as soon as I get them.
Enjoy the holiday.
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