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Former University of Virginia Tight End Joe Torchia Among Those Cut By Redskins

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Former University of Virginia tight end Joe Torchia, who signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent on Aug. 1, was among the nine players who were cut by the team Tuesday.

Torchia, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end, took part in the Redskins’ practice Tuesday afternoon before being released. He was not immediately available for comment, and his agent, Jason Bernstein, did not immediately return a call or e-mail.

Torchia played in each of the Redskins’ first three preseason games on special teams, but never lined up as a tight end. He was among six other players vying for time at the position with Chris Cooley, the starter each of the past six years, battling a left knee injury.

The Redskins had three tight ends on the roster when Torchia was signed, including Cooley, Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen, but they added Derek Schouman and Tony Curtis in the following weeks and moved fullback Mike Sellers to the position as well.

Torchia caught 15 passes for 150 yards as a junior in 2009, but played just four games in 2010 before injuring his shoulder on Oct. 2 against Florida State. He missed the rest of the season because of the injury, which bothered him partially because first-year coach Mike London utilized a tight end more often than former coach Al Groh.

“It’s been a long road to get here, but it’s not over,” Torchia told The Free Lance-Star shortly after arriving at camp. “My foot’s in the door, but I’ve really got to work hard to learn the offense and do everything I can – special teams, snapping, doing whatever I can to make the team.”

The Redskins also released Eric McBride, a linebacker from the University of Richmond who was the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association defensive player of the year. McBride, who was also on the track and field team, had 119 tackles last season and started all 54 games in his career.

Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, who has been injured throughout the preseason with a sore left foot, as well as offensive tackles Xavier Fulton and Corey O’Daniel, quarterback Ben Chappell, kicker Clint Stitser and cornerbacks Dante Barnes and Tyrone Grant were also cut.

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