Washington Releases Former Pro Bowler to Clear Way for Undrafted Rookie

The Washington Football Team has released Lamar Miller, clearing room for Jaret Patterson.
The Washington Football Team has released Lamar Miller, clearing room for Jaret Patterson. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

There's no doubt that Antonio Gibson is the top dog in the Washington Football Team backfield, and JD McKissic seems locked in to his job as a change-of-pace receiving back as well.

The preseason brings a serious competition for the remaining roster spots at running back, however, and there has already been one casualty.

Washington released former Pro Bowler Lamar Miller on Sunday.

Miller didn't get a ton of action in Thursday's preseason opener against the New England Patriots, but he turned his 6 touches into 23 yards and a touchdown.

The 30-year-old clearly didn't do enough to impress coaches though, and it looks like undrafted rookie Jaret Patterson caught their eyes instead. Patterson led the entire offense in rushes (10), receptions (4), rushing yards (40) and receiving yards (30).

That dual-threat ability is especially interesting because his final collegiate season saw him tally 141 carries without a single reception in six games.

Patterson is still far from a lock to make the final roster, but his play was enough to a former Pro Bowler and two-time 1,000-yard rusher expendable. That's a promising sign for the rookie.

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