Alex Smith officially makes the cut to 53 players in Washington

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The Washington Football Team has officially set its initial 53-man roster for the 2020 season and it includes quarterback Alex Smith.

Smith was expected to make the team once he was cleared to resume practicing during training camp this summer as his entire $16 million salary for the season is guaranteed. Dwayne Haskins is going to start at quarterback and Kyle Allen also made the cut.

Several of Washington’s moves were reported ahead of their announcement on Saturday afternoon and they announced the release of running back Adrian Peterson on Friday. Safety Sean Davis was also released, center Ross Pierschbacher was waived and the team placed linebacker Reuben Foster and guard Mike Liedtke on injured reserve.

Defensive tackle Ryan Bee, cornerback Simeon Thomas and wide receiver Jordan Veasy are also on injured reserve. Washington also released cornerback Aaron Colvin, defensive end Nate Orchard and tight end Richard Rodgers.

Tackle Paul Adams, defensive tackle David Bada, defensive end Jordan Brailford, wide receiver Tony Brown, guard Joshua Garnett, tight end Hale Hentges, wide receiver Johnathon Johnson, cornerback Ryan Lewis, quarterback Steven Montez, linebacker Jared Norris, tackle Timon Parris, linebacker Donald Payne, wide receiver Trey Quinn, safety Jeremy Reaves, wide receiver Cam Sims, tackle David Steinmetz, and wide receiver Jester Weah were all waived.

4 responses to “Alex Smith officially makes the cut to 53 players in Washington

  1. Pr move to look good with everything the team/snyder are going through. Would have been bad optics to cut smith. I doubt he will ever see a live game again. Not rooting against him, what hes overcome is amazing but his true progress has been overblown as well how he looked at camp.

  2. As mentioned in the article, every penny of his salary is guaranteed and that is why he made the roster. It is a feel good story that he recovered from the leg injury but it was a whole bunch of smoke Rivera was blowing when he was talking up Alex Smith’s chances of playing.

    Highest paid assistant coach in the league.

  3. Alex Smith is a great person and if you think Haskins won’t benefit from his help you’re nuts. Mahomes has said over and over that one of the reasons he’s as good as he is today was by learning from Alex Smith. Remember before AS was hurt he had the Team firing on all cylinders and headed for the playoffs. He’s probably one of the best backups.

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