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For Immediate Release
Oct. 26, 2011
REDSKINS MAKE ROSTER MOVES
ASHBURN, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed tight end Dominique Byrd and offensive lineman Jonathan Compas to their 53-man roster and signed running back Tristan Davis to their practice squad. The team also released guard John Malecki from their practice squad.
Byrd (6-3, 255) was originally drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. Byrd has six career receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown in 15 career games. After two seasons with the Rams, he was released on April 29, 2008 before signing with the Arizona Cardinals on May 5, 2009 after spending a year out of football. He was released on Nov. 24 before resigning with Arizona to a reserve/futures contract on Jan. 21, 2010. He was released on Aug. 30 prior to signing a reserve/futures contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 21, 2011. He was released by the Seahawks on Aug. 13.
Byrd played collegiately at Southern California from 2002-05, where he played his final two seasons with current Redskins tight end Fred Davis. In his time at USC, he appeared in 39 games and totaled 81 receptions for 968 yards and four touchdowns. In 2004, he was All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
Compas (6-3, 300) originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as a college free agent on April 29, 2009 before being waived on Aug. 31. He was claimed off of waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 1. He appeared in two games with the Buccaneers before being released on Sept. 24, 2010. He signed with the New England Patriots on Aug. 3, 2011 before being released on Sept. 2.
Compas played collegiately at UC Davis (Calif.), where he appeared in 36 regular season games from 2005-08. Compas, who received starts at both right guard and right tackle during his college career, received first team All-Great West honors in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
Davis (5-10, 212) originally signed with the Detroit Lions as a college free agent on Aug. 24, 2009 before joining the team’s practice squad on Sept. 6. He was released on Oct. 30 before joining the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad on Nov. 9. He was signed to the Dolphins’ offseason roster Jan. 6, 2010 before being released on Aug. 23. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent on July 31, 2011 before being released on Sept. 2 and joining the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad on Sept. 21. He was released a day later, and was added to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad on Oct. 5 and was later released by the Steelers on Oct. 18.
Following a redshirt year during Auburn’s undefeated season in 2004, Davis played collegiately at Auburn from 2005-08, seeing action at both safety and running back in addition to handling kick return duties. Davis appeared in 36 games, rushing 19 times for 253 yards and three touchdowns during his college career. He also amassed 1,455 yards and two touchdowns on 55 kick returns. In 2006, he totaled a then-school-record 756 kickoff return yards.