RICHMOND -- Jay Gruden did not specify exactly what caused the Redskins to cut second-year linebacker Brandon Jenkins on Sunday, but the coach did indicate that the decision was performance related.
“We decided to make a move with Brandon and move forward with our football team,” Gruden said. “We like the play of the guys who are behind him. They have stepped up their play -- Adrian Robinson, Gabe Miller and, obviously, the drafting of Trent Murphy had a major impact. We thought the earlier we make that move would give Brandon a chance somewhere else.”
Jenkins, a fifth-round draft pick last year, had a poor start to training camp that was underscored by weak effort in Sunday morning's practice. Jenkins is the second Mike Shanahan draft pick cut by Gruden. The other was running back Jawan Jamison in March.
Some other highlights from Gruden’s news conference:
- Gruden said the team’s practice Monday morning will be in full pads. “We’re going to go full pads tomorrow, pants included,” Gruden said. “We might do some ‘live’ drills ... Might be some tackling involved.”
- Gruden has also cancelled Monday’s afternoon walkthrough. “We’ll have a dinner and then I’ll probably give them off that night,” Gruden said. “Get away from everybody. It’s been a grind. When you’ve been around the same guys for five days in a row for about 18 hours a day, you get tired of looking at them. I’m tired of looking at them.”
- Mo Hurt rejoined the team Sunday for the afternoon walkthrough. He’ll be available for Monday’s practice. “It wasn't so much that he was out of shape after further review,” Gruden said. “He lost some weight in the offseason and when we came back for the conditioning test and something wasn’t right. We wanted to make sure he was healthy enough to resume practice. He did not finish his conditioning test. But I don’t think it was because he was out of shape. His weight was down.”
- With a roster spot open, the Redskins plan to invite a few players to try out tomorrow. One of those players will be 26-year-old Everette Brown, a 6-4, 250 pound defensive end who has played for Carolina, San Diego and Dallas. Last season, Brown had a sack, a forced fumble and 10 tackles in seven games with the Cowboys.