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Washington sign Alonzo Highsmith Jr. after releasing five players

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Washington Redskins have arguably the biggest season in their history upon them in 2015 after two terrible campaigns.

After winning just seven games in the last two seasons, fans in the capital have grown tired of the franchise's constant failures, with star quarterback Robert Griffin III and head coach Jay Gruden needing massive years in order to keep their jobs.

But it's not just about RG3 and Gruden in Washington, with the Redskins concluding the process in the last 24 hours of moving on several players. Whilst the NFC East team has also picked up a player in a key position on their defense.

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Five players cut

It was revealed by the Washington Post on Tuesday that the Redskins have waived several players following the decision to sign five players that took part in this weekend's rookie minicamp.

"The team waived tackle Brey Cook, outside linebacker James Gayle (designated injured), quarterback Connor Halliday (designated left squad), defensive lineman LaKendrick Ross and wide receiver Tyler Rutenbeck," Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

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"Those moves cleared roster spots for the signings of minicamp participants Tovar Allen, a tackle; Houston Bates, a linebacker; Hutson Mason, a quarterback; Dasman McCullum, a linebacker; and defensive lineman Daryl Waud."

Finalising 90-man roster

Then in a late and final decision by Washington, linebacker Alonzo Highsmith Jr. was signed by the Redskins to complete the team's 90-man roster.

Highsmith is the son of former Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back, Alonzo Highsmith.

Highsmith Jr. started 13 games for Arkansas during college, before he went undrafted in 2013. The linebacker has had brief stints with Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs but hasn't played an NFL game yet in his career.

Though these signings are not huge decisions by the Redskins and represent the players that will form the lower end of Washington's depth chart, every player in an organization has a role to play and it will be interesting to see whether any of these players progress up the Redskins' depth chart in the coming months.

In the meantime, what head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback RG3 will be judged on this season is wins, and how do you think the franchise will do during the 2015 NFL season? Let us know below.

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