At the conclusion of training camp the cut to 53 is always a time where fans fear their team will lose a young player with potential upside to another team’s waiver claim. However, as we’ve looked at, most players pass through waivers unclaimed, and it’s rare that a team is unable to sign a player that it wants to keep to its practice squad.
Unfortunately, fans can’t stop stressing just because a player cleared waivers and signed to the practice squad. Just nine days after the Seattle Seahawks signed Simeon Thomas to the practice squad to serve as depth for the secondary, the Washington Redskins have poached Thomas.
Thomas was a sixth round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2018, who the Seahawks then claimed off of waivers from the Browns. The Hawks then kept him on the active roster for a few days before waiving him and then resigning him to the practice squad. He spent the remainder of the 2018 season on the practice squad, with the exception of a six day period in December when Seattle shuffled things around. He had a solid camp, and many felt between his youth an upside he might have a shot at one of the final cornerback spots on the 53 man roster.
However, he did not survive roster cuts, and while the team mitigated the loss of depth at the cornerback position by bringing back veteran Jamar Taylor on Monday, Thomas might have seen that as an obstacle to his making the 53. In any case, Thomas now plays for Washington, and we wish him the best of luck going forward.