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Redskins hope to catch a waive after final cuts

The Washington Redskins will be looking for one or two good men today.

After making seven roster moves to get their roster down to the final 53-player limit yesterday, the Redskins will be checking the waiver wire to see if they can find a player or two let go by other teams who can help them.

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Last year, they picked up defensive lineman Marc Boutte and wide receiver Leslie Shepherd after they were waived by the Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively, on the final cut. Both made the roster this year, and Boutte is starting.

"We're going to look to see what's available," Redskins coach Norv Turner said. "If there's a player out there we think can help us for those last two-three spots [we'll claim him]."

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Top priority on their shopping list will be a defensive lineman, because that's the team's weakest position.

There were no major surprises on the Redskins' final cuts, as they waived six players and put kicker Scott Blanton on the injured reserve list with a groin injury.

Blanton will sit out the season but has a chance to beat out veteran Eddie Murray for the job next season. The Redskins were impressed with Blanton in camp and were ready to keep him over Chip Lohmiller when he was injured. He made 41 of 61 field-goal tries at Oklahoma.

Only three -- wide receiver Olanda Truitt, running back Tyrone Rush and cornerback Sebastian Savage -- of the six players waived yesterday played for the Redskins last year.

Truitt played in nine games, caught two passes -- one a 77-yard touchdown catch against Tampa Bay -- and lost out to Shepherd.

Rush played in five games, didn't carry the ball and was beaten out by William Bell and Reggie Brooks.

Savage played in one game last season, and his special teams play wasn't good enough to earn him a roster spot.

The other three players waived were two rookies, defensive tackle Jeffrey Rodgers and guard Ron Lewis, and wide receiver Bobby Olive, who was waived by the Cleveland Browns last year and played in the World League.

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Of the 53 players on the roster, only 12 were on the team when Turner was named head coach a year ago and only seven were on Joe Gibbs' last team in 1992.

Of the 12 players, only Brooks was in danger of losing his spot this year. Sidelined at the start of camp with a pulled hamstring, he got healthy and rallied to win a job.

There are 23 newcomers on the roster: seven draft picks, nine unrestricted free agents, five free agents waived by other teams, a player (defensive lineman Anthony Abrams) who was on the Redskins' practice squad last year and one (tight end Coleman Bell) who was signed off the Dallas practice squad last year. He is one of seven ex-Cowboys on the roster.


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