Going 3-13 a year ago, the 2019 season was largely forgettable for many Redskins players. But for one, it was very memorable.
That would be linebacker Nate Orchard, who has agreed to return to Washington on a one-year deal for the 2020 season, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
DE Nate Orchard returning to Washington on a one-year deal, per source.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 18, 2020
Orchard was signed by Washington prior to the team's Week 13 matchup versus Carolina and remained with the team through the end of the year. He played in five games and recorded 14 tackles and one sack on the season. Orchard contributed on special teams too, blocking a punt in a Week 16 clash with the Giants.
Those numbers shouldn't stand out to anyone. But for Orchard, it represents his journey back into the NFL.
Prior to signing with Washington, he had 10 (!!) free agent workouts through the first two-thirds of the season. When he wasn't working out, he was installing windows.
In his first game with Washington, Orchard was thrust into action against the Panthers due to an injury to Montez Sweat and Ryan Anderson getting ejected.
Orchard made his playing time count. The linebacker finished with a sack, two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble on the final play of the game to seal the victory for the Redskins. So, it made sense why he was quite emotional postgame.
The Redskins have made significant changes since the 2019 season and a whole new regime is in charge. Ironically, new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera was the coach on the other sideline when Orchard had his breakout game.
Rivera must have been impressed enough to want the linebacker back for another year, because Orchard is returning to the Burgundy and Gold.
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