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Mathis cut

May 15, 2008, 8:52 PM EDT

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The one player the Washington Redskins signed as a free agent this past offseason is no longer with the team.

The Skins cut wide receiver and kick returner Jerome Mathis today.

I don’t think that the reasoning for this goes beyond the fact that they signed Mathis prior to drafting a pair of wide receivers in the second round of the draft. One of those receivers, Devin Thomas, is capable of giving Rock Cartwright a run for his money as the kickoff returner as is fourth-round selection Justin Tryon.

With only 80 roster spots the Redskins apparently decided that the one occupied by Mathis could be better utilized.

In the short term they utilized the spot to sign undrafted rookie defensive end J. Y. Mapu. The Tennessee product is on the old side for a rookie. He’s 24, having spent a couple of years on a church mission in 2004-2005. Mapu was among those invited to try out for the team during minicamp and evidently Greg Blache liked what he saw. Archives

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