Can somebody check on Cole Holcomb?
The Redskins rookie linebacker has impressed so far this summer with his work on defense, but Nick Sundberg revealed on the Redskins Talk podcast that Holcomb is also Washington's emergency long snapper. Sundberg and Tress Way then walked through a prank they pulled on Holcomb that had him thinking his time in that role — and maybe the league as a whole — was in jeopardy.
It all started when Sundberg was showing Holcomb how to warm up for the position. Sundberg can snap the ball in a variety of ways and with both hands, and apparently, Holcomb wanted to emulate that as best as he could.
That would end up being a mistake.
"I'm a bit of a prankster across the team," Way told Redskins Talk. "So, Cole tries to throw it lefty and he throws just a straight duck. I just think on a whim as the ball's coming — I catch, drop it and I just reach down and grab my hand."
"Here's the deal," Way continued. "Cole's a rookie and he's trying something new and what's going through his head is, 'Oh my god.'"
Upon seeing No. 5 go down, the first-year pro started nervously walking back to check on him. He repeatedly asked Way if he was OK, but the specialist stayed quiet.
"I just sat there and didn't say a word," Way explained.
That's when Sundberg — whom Way labelled his "magician's assistant" — joined in.
"I go, 'Tress, don't play with me, you're OK right?'" Sundberg said.
Put yourself in Holcomb's cleats right about now. Here he is, just a few months removed from being a fifth-round selection, thinking he injured the Redskins' very valuable punter because he snapped a ball left-handed during warmups for a position he'll probably never play.
Fortunately, Way finally put him out of his misery.
"Well, I look up and Cole's like four yards away," Way said. "Cole was like, 'I'm so sorry.' And I go, 'I'm just kidding man, you're good.' The color in his face was gone."
If the color still hasn't returned yet, you can understand why. That was perfectly executed by Way and Sundberg.
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