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Redskins Add 7 More Undrafted Rookies

The Redskins have agreed to terms with seven undrafted rookies coming out of the just-concluded three-day Rookie Camp, the team announced on Tuesday.

The team has also released linebacker Nick McNeil, linebacker Jashon Sykes, defensive end Sean Guthrie and cornerback/wide receiver LaShaun Ward.

The list of newcomers includes linebacker Justin Stull, who played college ball at Princeton, and wide receiver Mike Espy, whose father (also named Mike) is a former U.S. congressman and agriculture secretary.

Here's the complete list, with thumbnail descriptions:

Mike Espy, WR, Mississippi

Espy, 5-11 and 195-pounds, was a contributor all four seasons at Ole Miss, playing in 48 games and starting five. Last year, he caught 52 passes for 543 yards and three touchdowns. He also served as a punt and kickoff return specialist.

John Eubanks, CB, Southern Mississippi

Eubanks, 5-10 and 173 pounds, was a three-year starter and All-Conference special teams selection at Southern Mississippi. As a kick return specialist last season, he averaged 24.2 yards per return. At cornerback, he logged 31 tackles and four interceptions and one forced fumble.

Vaka Manupuna, DT, Colorado

Manupuna, 6-0 and 290 pounds, started the past two seasons and earned all-Big 12 Conference honors as a senior. He is regarded as a hard-working, three-technique lineman. Last year, he posted 52 tackles (28 solo) and four tackles for a loss.

Chris Mineo, DT, UTEP

Mineo, 6-1 and 295 pounds, sustained an ankle injury during his senior season which may have kept him off draft boards. In limited action, he posted 20 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and six sacks last year for the Miners. As a junior, he recorded 52 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and eight sacks.

Chris Pino, OT, San Diego State

Pino, 6-4 and 315 pounds, joins college teammate Spencer Harvey, also an undrafted rookie, on the Redskins' roster. Pino played left tackle for the Aztecs. He has battled weight issues in the past, but he has surprising mobility for his size.

Justin Stull, LB, Princeton

For the second year in a row, the Redskins signed an undrafted rookie linebacker out of Princeton. Last offseason, it was Zak Keasey who earned a spot on the Redskins' roster. (Keasey is currently on the San Francisco 49ers' off-season roster.) Stull, 6-1 and 235 pounds, served as Princeton's co-captain last season. He recorded 86 tackles (43 solo), four sacks and two forced fumbles.

Joe Sykes, DE, Southern University

Sykes is a 6-2, 266-pound defensive end who may be somewhat raw, but he has the size and long arms to fit in to a classic 4-3 alignment. As a senior at Southern, he played in nine games and recorded 53 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss and nine sacks.

The roster adjustments come two days after the Redskins completed their three-day Rookie Camp. Team officials feel they uncovered some young, promising talent at the camp.

At linebacker, undrafted rookies Spencer Havner and Stull will join draft picks Roger "Rocky" McIntosh and Kevin Simon. The four additions led to a log-jam at linebacker, so the team opted to release both McNeil and Sykes.

The seven new additions bring the number of 2006 undrafted rookies on the roster to 15. On May 1, the team agreed to terms with defensive tackle Manaia Brown, wide receiver Derrick Fenner, offensive lineman Jasper Harvey, cornerback Chris Hawkins, linebacker Spencer Havner, punter David Lonie, cornerback Chijioke Onyenegecha and tight end Buck Ortega.

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