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The WR picture—Thrash on the bubble?

May 16, 2008, 10:30 AM EST

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The Washington Redskins cut Jerome Mathis today, making the roster outlook for the team’s wide receivers much more clear.

Here are the 10 WR’s currently on the roster:

12

Kelly, Malcolm

80

Mann, Maurice

16

McMullen, Billy

19

Mix, Anthony

89

Moss, Santana

82

Randle El, Antwaan

11

Thomas, Devin

83

Thrash, James

18

Toler, Burl

84

Gant, Horace

Moss and Randle El will start while Thomas and Kelly will see action as the third and fourth receivers. Five receivers on the roster is the norm, so that leaves one spot up for grabs.

The best that Mann, Toler, and Gant can hope for is a spot on the practice squad. McMullen has bounced around during his four years in the league and he’ll probably get bounced again.

That leaves Thrash and Mix to battle it out for one job. It will be a classic battle of youth vs. experience.

Thrash, 33, has contributed in a myriad of ways since returning to the Redskins in 2004. He is the hardest worker on a team full of blue-collar types.

Mix, 25, is 6-5 and has the physical tools needed to thrive in the West Coast offense. He also made some standout plays on special teams.

So, there you have it. Thrash has the track record, Mix has the potential.

Depending on how things unfold in training camp and in the preseason games, it may well appear that the Redskins will be better off in 2008 if they keep Thrash and better off in 2009 and beyond if they keep Mix around.

Thrash vs. Mix will be one of Jim Zorn’s first big decisions and it will be a very telling one as well.

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