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Report: Redskins cut pass rusher Noah Spence

Noah Spence

The Washington Redskins are carrying a four-game losing streak heading into their matchup with the Detroit Lions in Week 12. As a result, it appears they have decided to make some changes for the final stretch of the 2019 NFL season.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, they have opted to release outside linebacker Noah Spence:

The Redskins have cut pass-rusher Noah Spence, source said. The former Bucs 2nd round pick heads to waivers.

The decision to cut Spence should hardly come as any surprise. Washington signed him prior to their Week 3 loss to the Chicago Bears with the hope that he would be able to provide some much-needed depth to their pass rush.

Unfortunately, he struggled to etch out any kind of significant role for himself on defense and wound up finishing his brief stint with just three tackles and a sack while playing a mere 10 defensive snaps per game.

Spence was initially taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was hoping that the fresh start in Washington was just what he needed after failing to get much playing time in Tampa Bay, however, his main contributions have largely come on special teams.

Meanwhile, defensive end Carroll Phillips has since been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster in a corresponding move.

The Redskins are not playing for much at this point in the season at 1-9 with the Lions coming to town. Perhaps they can use their favorable positioning in the 2020 NFL Draft to potentially fortify their pass rush.