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Redskins officially add 8 undrafted free agents, loading up at wide receiver

Redskins officially add 8 undrafted free agents, loading up at wide receiver

The NFL Draft might have ended last weekend but the competition for undrafted players can be fierce. The Redskins officially announced what UDFAs they are bringing in, and it includes some players from local schools. 

Clearly, defensive line and guard were priorities for the Washington scouts, but wide receiver ruled the day in the signings.

  1. Brandon Banks  DL     6-3     287     Charlotte
  2. Tyler Catalina G      6-6     314     Georgia
  3. Levern Jacobs  WR     5-11    185     Maryland
  4. Kyle Kalis     G      6-4     308     Michigan
  5. Zach Pascal    WR     6-2     219     Old Dominion
  6. Ondre Pipkins  DL     6-3     325     Texas Tech
  7. James Quick    WR     6-0     186     Louisville
  8. Fish Smithson  S      5-11    190     Kansas

Interesting notes from the signings include Jacobs that played at Maryland and Pascal that played at Old Dominion. Washington will now have two wide receivers named Quick on the roster (Brian and James) as well as a safety named Fish. That has to be a first. 

The Redskins have had recent success with undrafted players, including 2016 defensive captain Will Compton and former defensive lineman Chris Baker.

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How new Redskins QB Kyle Allen is improving by spending his time inside with Josh Allen and Sam Darnold

How new Redskins QB Kyle Allen is improving by spending his time inside with Josh Allen and Sam Darnold

When Kyle Allen set out for California on Feb. 1, he was prepared to embark on his normal offseason routine which consists of workouts with fellow NFL quarterbacks Josh Allen, of the Buffalo Bills, and Sam Darnold, of the New York Jets.

What he couldn't predict was that two months from then, he'd be a member of the Redskins while spending all of his waking moments with his workout partners, playing card games and working out in the garage.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the three passers, like many others, have had to adapt to the new conditions that require one to spend almost all their time inside. Though some may imagine that the life of an NFL quarterback is different than others, it really isn't.

“It's pretty boring right now, I’m going to be honest with you. This morning we woke up, threw around, just got done working out, it’s about one o’clock, and we have the rest of the day with absolutely nothing to do," Allen, who currently lives with Josh Allen and is about 15 minutes or so from Sam Darnold, told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday. "So we play a ton of gin, we watch movies, play Call Of Duty, and we get super bored. That’s about it." 

NFL players, they're just like us.

However, this situation hasn't stopped Allen and company from continuing to get in work in what is a big offseason for all three. Darnold and Josh Allen will enter 2020 with bigger expectations in their third year as starters, while Washington's newest passer has a chance to compete with Dwayne Haskins after getting some game experience in 2019.

“That’s why we like to come out here and train with each other too, because they are kind of going through the same thing," Allen said. "There's a bunch of things I'm working on from last season, there are things Sam's working on, things Josh is working on, and some things from everybody."

Like many others, that work is being done in a home gym. Equipment was moved to a neighbors garage where the three are able to lift weights and train, all while still practicing social distancing guidelines.

The group also watches films, just not the Netflix and Hulu kind.

"We have film night at our houses and break down film and just talk through a bunch of things, get everyone’s point-of-view," Allen said.

With OTAs and other team events indefinitely suspended, there is no timetable for when Allen will get a chance to work with his new teammates. Until then, though he may be bored at times, he understands he still has the opportunity to work on his craft with a pair of pretty good training partners.

Not much has changed. It's just been a little harder to find places to throw, a little harder to find places to work out," Allen said. "But it's been good, we've been getting good work in and trying to adapt to all this like everyone else is.”

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Watch Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan push a large vehicle as part of his workout

Watch Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan push a large vehicle as part of his workout

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan hasn't let current circumstances stop him from staying on top of his training, if a video that his wife, Jessica, added Tuesday to social media is any indication.

In the video posted to Jessica's Instagram story, Ryan is pushing what appears to be a large automobile, with ease. 

Jessica, who is recording him while sitting comfortably inside the vehicle, added Salt-N-Pepa's hit song "Push It" as the fitting background music.

Athletes continue to find creative ways to stay in shape and work out during the coronavirus pandemic. It seems Washington's nine-year veteran has found his own unique way to stay in shape.

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