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Posted on Fri, May 4, 2012 : 1:24 p.m.

Former Michigan tailback Mike Shaw released on first day of Redskins' rookie minicamp

By Kyle Meinke

Former Michigan tailback Mike Shaw has been released by the Washington Redskins, according to a tweet posted by the team Friday afternoon.


Michael Shaw

Shaw was signed by the Redskins to a free agent deal shortly after the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday night. He was expected to take a physical Thursday, then report for the first day of the team's rookie minicamp Friday.

Shaw rushed 190 times for 1,001 yards and 14 touchdowns in his Michigan career. He was most productive as a junior, when he posted 75 carries for 402 yards and nine touchdowns.

His usage was scaled back last season, when Fitz Toussaint emerged as the featured back and Vincent Smith the primary alternate.

Former Michigan tight end Steve Watson and offensive tackle Mark Huyge are scheduled to compete in Washington's three-day rookie minicamp. They have not signed deals.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Sat, May 5, 2012 : 8:43 p.m.

Sad for Shaw, but not surprising. When the team doesn't draft you, it has absolutely NO loyalty to you (nor does it really have loyalty to you if you are not a round 1 draft pick). That being said, this is one more reason why I think the idea of going to college and taking advantage of a tuition free education is something that should be looked as a big opportunity for the players, and may change their lives. Many players--even those who are stars--do not make it past the college years and college education is really important for their long term prospects. (Think of all the seniors that leave programs and how many actually are in the pros). I think this is an example of how the argument that players should be paid is specious--they are being paid by free tuition, free books, free board, and big time opportunity. It is up to the players whether or not to take advantage.


Sun, May 6, 2012 : 11:59 p.m.

He probably broke into tears at the first site of Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol. Where's the threat?

Calvert T. Hoskins I

Sat, May 5, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

Football is a business and it is very brutal, Washington must have dedcided after signing Shaw that he just didn't fit their scheme of things perhaps. Maybe he is not as good as all that who knows, anyway if it is meant for him to play in the NFL then it will work out for him.. I wish him and all NFL hopefuls regardless of school affiliation the best because this could be their income for sometime to come. MGOBLUE!!

Matt Patercsak

Sat, May 5, 2012 : 3:19 p.m.

people, Mike Shaw is not a great running back. He's not really even a good running back. It is no surprise to me that he doesn't have a spot in the NFL. These comments show me just how low Michigan's RB standards have fallen.


Sun, May 6, 2012 : 3:59 p.m.

My thoughts exactly, 7718.


Sun, May 6, 2012 : 2:09 a.m.

3rd on the depth chart but signed as a free agent...Does that really mean the standards have fallen?

Scott Laux

Sat, May 5, 2012 : 5:38 a.m.

How can a guy who was only a third string RB at Michigan be good enough to play in the NFL? There were 100 to 150 backs who were better than Shaw who graduated in 2012. Silly.


Sun, May 6, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

Scott Driesbach was a third string QB at UM and managed to make the Raiders and hang around as an NFL backup for a few years.


Sat, May 5, 2012 : 4:31 a.m.

Another free agent steal? Where's the threat?


Mon, May 7, 2012 : 2:07 a.m.

....seems to have a lot of time on his hands.


Sun, May 6, 2012 : 11:58 p.m.

What makes you think that your inept offense will be able to score points on the Big 10's beat defense? Offer facts! The Spartans have a better defense, better special teams, a better O-Line and better running backs. There's not a player on the Michigan defense that could start at MSU. MSU's young passing game should be fully up to speed by October 20th. Duhnard has never done SQUAT vs. the Spartan defense. The game will be a rout! MSU 31 GO BLEW 13 Let's not forget the the IMPRESSIVE 173 yard performance that Duhnard and his merry men put up on the VICIOUS Virginia Tech defense. That same VT defense gave up more yard to App State, Arkansas State, Duke and others... That game was such a "stinker" that fans tuned out by the millions and the BCS realized that it had to change its approach. Where's the threat? There certainly ISN'T ONE in Ann Arbor!


Sat, May 5, 2012 : 2:17 p.m.

at the BIG HOUSE. . . DA!! sparty better bring his crying towel and waring his depends!! GO BLUE!!!!!!


Fri, May 4, 2012 : 11:09 p.m.

It's not over for shaw. He just wasn't what THAT team was looking for. Many more opportunities. GO BLUE!!!

wolfman jack

Fri, May 4, 2012 : 6:42 p.m.

It is a brutal business. He's a fine athlete. The redskins have 7 RB on the depth chart.


Fri, May 4, 2012 : 6:15 p.m.

First day? How can they make any decision in one day? They must have seen something that made them sign cut him in one day seems pretty abrupt.

Ron Granger

Fri, May 4, 2012 : 6:05 p.m.

That must be so devastating. You think you've made it to the NFL, and get cut on the first day. This is another example of why you cannot allow your "job", no matter how great it may seem, to define who you are, or what you are capable of. It is easy to fall into that trap - whether in the best, or the worst of times.


Fri, May 4, 2012 : 6:51 p.m.

Hey, don't forget that he was a "student-athlete" at UofM. I'm sure he has a great degree to fall back on right?

Rabid Wolverine

Fri, May 4, 2012 : 6 p.m.

I thought Shaw was using his final year of eligibility back home on the east coast??

Rabid Wolverine

Fri, May 4, 2012 : 6:06 p.m.

I was thinking of Cox, sorry.