The 53: Who benefits from Minnifield's departure?

The 53: Who benefits from Minnifield's departure?
July 25, 2012, 2:15 pm
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The Redskins announced yesterday that they have released rookie free agent cornerback Chase Minnifield. His agent said that he reinjured the same knee on which he had microfracture surgery earlier this year.It was reported last week that Minnifield had been placed on the physically unable to perform list. Other teams will have 24 hours to claim Minnifield. If, as his agent believes, he goes unclaimed he will revert to the Redskins injured reserve list.Whether the lands with the Redskins or with another team, Minnifield is unlikely to play in 2012. A good performance in minicamp had put him in solid position to win a roster spot. Since making an NFL roster is a zero sum game one players misfortune can be a good break for another one.Here is how I had things shaking out at cornerback when I did my roster prediction earlier this month:In: DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin, Richard Crawford, Chase Minnifield
Out: Kevin Barnes, Brandyn Thompson, Morgan TrentDavid Jones was signed to take Minnifields place on the roster and he, Barnes, Thompson and Trent will vie for that roster spot. In fact, you can put Crawford into the competition mix as well since he is far from a lock to make it. So that makes five players fighting for two jobs.So who has the edge? Trent and Jones have very similar backgrounds and resumes. They were born about three months apart in 1985 and both played for the Jaguars last season. They have similar builds; Trent is listed at 6-1, 193 and Jones is 6-0, 196. Both have been mostly part-time players for multiple teams during their NFL careers. They have proven to be just a guy, good enough to earn at least semi-regular NFL paychecks. It is unlikely that that either will become anything special.Perhaps the same can be said of Barnes. He was given the slot corner position last year and he struggled. The Redskins may be prepared to move on from Vinny Cerratos 2009 third-round draft pick.Crawford looked good in OTAs and minicamp and I think he has a good shot at holding on to a job. Im going to go with him and Thompson to take the last two spots. Thompson showed playmaking potential in the preseason last year but spent most of the year either on the practice squad or the bench. With an offseason program under his belt (there wasnt one last year due to the lockout) he could be ready for some playing time this year.On top of that, Crawford and Thompson are this regime's draft picks. They have shown a strong preference for keepint their guys.Of course, all of this could change when practice starts tomorrow. Perhaps Barnes will respond to the challenge and bring up his level of play a few notches. Maybe Trent or Jones will prove to be too valuable to release.We will see starting on Thursday.