Redskins finalize initial practice squad list

Brian Tinsman
September 02, 2018 - 10:01 pm
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The Washington Redskins had a tough decision in cutting running back Kapri Bibbs, but the move paid off, at least for now.

The team's top exhibition rushing performer (106 yards) showed up well in the passing game and pass protection as well, but still got waived as part of the team's round of roster cuts on Saturday.

After clearing waivers, he went straight back to Ashburn as one of the team's eight practice squad players.

He will be joined on the list by defensive back Kenny Ladler, wide receivers Simmie Cobbs and Darvin Kidsy, tight end Matt Flanagan, linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, offensive tackle Timon Parris and defensive lineman Jojo Wicker.

Each of these players will work out and have team meetings with the members of the 53-man roster, but will generally not travel with the team and will not suit up on game days. They will be entitled to a minimum weekly salary of $7,600, which is a $400 raise over last season.

The practice squad tends to be a revolving door of talent, depending on what the team needs at any given time. If the main roster gets thin or underperforms at a particular position, the team can target young players to learn the system and prepare for a promotion. That's what makes Bibbs a player to watch.

The Redskins are already on Plan B or C at the running back position this season, after losing rookie Derrius Guice (knee) and failing to see Rob Kelley or Samaje Perine take the next step. Both players made the roster, along with future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, veteran Chris Thompson, and Byron Marshall.

Peterson remains the key factor, as he seized the starting job in the third preseason game, but also has the 12th-most rushing yards in NFL history. He has undeniable talent and freaky genetics, but how much does he have left for a 16-game schedule? Peterson showed flashes of his former self in New Orleans and Arizona last year before fading down the stretch.

The team's decision to keep Marshall could give some insight into the confidence they have in Thompson's recovery from breaking his leg last season. The two have a similar skill set in that they are able to catch the ball out of the backfield and have plus speed.

Bibbs is also capable in all three facets of the game, and would likely be in line for a promotion if a need develops in the offensive backfield. It's also possible that other teams would review his film in case of injury, and he could be signed away. If a team puts an offer on Bibbs, the Redskins will have the right to sign him to the 53-man roster instead of letting him go. Either way, Bibbs could get a chance this season.

Then again, he provides value to the Redskins in the meantime, sharpening their defenders as they prepare for opponents each week. First up, he gets to pretend to be Cardinals back David Johnson.

 

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