- Terrence Austin, a seventh-round pick out of UCLA, led the Redskins in the preseason with 10 catches for 146 yards. (Photo: Associated Press)
Update -- 6:30 p.m.: Contrary to earlier reports, the Washington Redskins have not promoted rookie wide receiver Terrence Austin from their practice squad to the 53-man roster. At least not yet.
Sources believed that Austin had been promoted and said that he made the trip with the Redskins to Nashville, where they will play the Tennessee Titans tomorrow.
But this evening, two team officials say that Austin hasn't been promoted. He did, however, travel with the Redskins -- which practice squad players never do.
But the Redskins missed the deadline to make a roster move for Saturday.
Because Washington hasn't yet made the move doesn't mean they won't, however. The Redskins' receiving corps has been a glaring weakness, and with kick/punt returner Brandon Banks coming off of knee surgery, Austin could be used as an insurance policy if Banks happened to have a setback Sunday morning.
The only thing is, the Redskins could still promote Austin on Sunday, but he wouldn't be eligible to play on the same day. So, the question is why did Mike Shanahan & Co. bring him along to Nashville? Nobody really seems to know ... for now.
Published 2:43 p.m.: The Washington Redskins have promoted wide receiver Terrence Austin from the practice squad and to their 53-man roster, a source has confirmed.
John Keim of the Washington Examiner first-reported the roster move.
The rookie seventh-round pick out of UCLA made the trip to Nashville with the Redskins, but it’s not yet clear who the team cut in order to make room for Austin on the roster.
Austin during the preseason led the Redskins with 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. He also returned five punts for an average of 8.8 yards and returned three kicks for an average of 20 yards.With the production of Washington’s receiving corps being rather minimal outside of Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong, it was suspected that a move could be made. Joey Galloway and Roydell Williams this season have combined for just 12 catches. Galloway in the last week has drawn the criticism of his coaches for improperly running routes -- twice resulting in interceptions (against Chicago and Philadelphia). And Williams admittedly is still trying to pick up the playbook.
Austin in a recent interview said that he felt like he was close to getting a promotion, but wasn’t exactly sure when. He said that his time on the practice squad had been both beneficial but also trying since he didn’t get to play in games. He was happy just to be on the team in any capacity, however.
“It’s been real cool. It’s something I always wanted to do, so I don’t see at as drudgery or anything like that,” he told TBD. “It’s a lot more studying involved, a lot more time in the playbook. It’s all about technique. Everybody can play, so it’s about how you prepare and how you execute. … I work hard every day, and you see certain transactions happen and you know it’s just a matter of time and that’s all I need to happen for me to get my chance. So it’s all about being patient, and working hard. It’ll happen.”