Christine Michael stays in the NFC East

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Running back Christine Michael was deemed expendable by the Cowboys this week, but he’s found a new home in the same division as his former team.

Now he just has to work his way back to the active roster. The Redskins announced that they have signed Michael to their practice squad on Thursday.

It’s a logical landing spot for Michael. Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan was in the Seahawks front office when Seattle drafted Michael out of Texas A&M in the second round of the 2013 draft. Michael hasn’t done much in the NFL with either Seattle or Dallas — 67 carries for 305 yards in 19 games — but the Redskins may think that a few weeks in their system now will get him in a place where he can compete for a role on the 2016 roster.

Alfred Morris is set to be a free agent after the season and Matt Jones has played well during his rookie season, which may leave an open spot on the depth chart next year that Michael will be in position to fill.

12 responses to “Christine Michael stays in the NFC East

  1. It goes to show there is a lot more that goes in to professional football than simply athletic ability. On paper this guy looks like a first rounder. On film at times he looks like a freak. But he can not seem to improve on his deficiencies, nor does he seem to be able to bring it 100% of the time.

    The fact is most teams would rather use a less talented back that does everything he is asked 100% of the time.

  2. Washington already has a decent stable of backs. This is purely to pump him for info on Dallas’ offense.

  3. Christine Michael has all the tools but cannot play in the NFL. He’s all thumbs out there and has NO feel for the game. Theres a reason nobody wants him and I suspect he will be cut in 2-4 weeks.

  4. pftony says:
    Nov 19, 2015 5:44 PM
    Washington already has a decent stable of backs. This is purely to pump him for info on Dallas’ offense.
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    Same thing goes for Dallas since they signed Trey Williams off of the Washington practice squad. He still has information on their offense as well.

  5. If he gets his act together, he could be Alfred’s replacement next year with Jones being the feature back and Thompson being the scat back.

    I don’t see the skins shelling out a few million a year for Morris. They can find another back that can give them 40/50 yards a game as a back up to jones next year and Michael could be the guy.

  6. If Alfred Morris doesnt retire a Redskin, Im done supporting this team. Hes a great player and an awesome human being in our community in Norther Virginia. He is the kind of player you want on your team.

  7. blspears, I agree with you but this year is a contract year. The problem with Alfred right now is that his best year was 2012 and each year he has fallen off a bit from that until this year where he really has fallen off. I would assume Alfred thinks he should make more next year but based on what he’s been doing lately it doesn’t justify it. I’d love to keep Alfred Morris as a guy but the Skins need to make the right decision on whether the asking price for Alfred is going to meet the production. All that stuff you mention is great but the guy gets paid to move the ball forward and if the Skins see another person on the team that can do that significantly cheaper next year, they would be foolish not to go that direction.

  8. pftony says:
    Nov 19, 2015 5:44 PM

    Washington already has a decent stable of backs. This is purely to pump him for info on Dallas’ offense.

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    Good luck with that. LOL, The reason he was cut was that he couldn’t learn the offense. The word out of Seattle & Dallas is that he isn’t the brightest bulb out there. Talented, but he couldn’t learn the offense, when to stay in an pick up blitzers, when the play call changed at the line, a host of issues. He was driving Linehan crazy in practice.

  9. The Redskins did not pick the guy up for his knowledge of the Cowboys offense.

    Callahan is a coach for the Redskins now… he knows more than any player would.

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