Sammis Reyes appeared in his first football game ever on Aug. 12. Less than three weeks later, he's reportedly made an NFL roster.
Reyes will in fact be one of the 53 players coach Ron Rivera keeps on Washington's depth chart when cuts are due on Tuesday afternoon, according to ESPN's John Keim. And that's really damn incredible when you think about where he's come from.
Reyes signed with the Burgundy and Gold back in April, which marked the first major step in his journey to transition from college basketball player to pro football tight end. The Chilean-born athlete impressed during a March workout at the University of Florida, where he and other members of the league's International Player Pathway Program were given the opportunity to show their skills in front of scouts.
Multiple organizations approached Reyes with interest in bringing him aboard, but he chose to join Rivera and Washington. That was just the beginning of his efforts, though.
From there, Reyes went through rookie minicamp, OTAs, mandatory minicamp and, eventually, training camp. In all of those sessions, his physical gifts were evident at times, but more often it was his extreme inexperience that stood out. After all, the rookie only just recently learned what an audible was, so it wasn't shocking in the least to see him struggle alongside guys who had been suiting up for their entire lives.
That said, Reyes' commitment to catching up to his peers never wavered and in Washington's preseason opener versus the Patriots, he hauled in two receptions and logged one seriously impressive block in his first live action. Soon after that, Rivera told reporters that Reyes was one of, if not the, most physical players on the team.
Logan Thomas and John Bates' spots at tight end were never in doubt, but after them, Reyes, Temarrick Hemingway, Ricky Seals-Jones and Caleb Wilson all had chances to stick. Yet based on Keim's reporting, Reyes is the one who'll remain on Washington's initial roster.
Had the staff tried to get him to the practice squad, he very well could've been stolen by another organization due to his intriguing upside.
Will Reyes be there in a uniform and helmet on Week 1 when Washington faces off with the Chargers? That's still unclear. What is clear, however, is that he's on the right path toward proving that he isn't just a good story; perhaps one day, he'll simply become a good NFL player.