Washington commanders switch gears at DT

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Have you noticed how quickly Washington commanders changed their minds about a defensive tackle?

It all started in the season opener when Phidarian Mathis was injured early against the Jaguars. Mathis was lost for the season. So the next day (September 12), Washington placed Mathis on injured reserve and signed Donovan Jeter to the active roster.

Jeter, who played his college ball at Michigan, is listed as 6-foot-3, 325 pounds. He was undrafted (2022) and was later signed by the Steelers, went through training camp and preseason and was one of their subsequent cuts. Chicago called to sign him to their practice squad, but when Washington called to sign him to the active roster, he signed with Washington.

Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters he liked signing Jeter. “Tall, beefy and physical young man more than anything else. I like his quick first step, his ability to get into the crease and hold the point.

After a game in Detroit, Jeter left. The former commander took part in 18 defensive snaps and 7 special teams snaps. Jeter recorded a solo tackle. Maybe he didn’t look as tall, burly, physical, or possess the first-step quickness that Rivera thought he saw on tape?

On Monday, after Detroit’s loss, Rivera cut Jeter and signed John Ridgeway, another tackle, who had been released by Dallas. Interestingly enough, NFL teams avoid cutting players they pick up in their very first year. It’s a public admission that they really missed this player when drafting him.

So curious people like me can’t help but wonder, “Why didn’t Dallas keep a player they drafted in the 5th round this year?”

Maybe like Jeter, Ridgeway also only has one game to show if he’s going to be held back as well?

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