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Redskins rookie camp will feature nearly 40 tryout players, including 4 QBs

Redskins rookie camp will feature nearly 40 tryout players, including 4 QBs

The TV cameras will be focused on Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson, but the Redskins brass will also have their eyes on 37 tryout players at Redskins rookie camp this weekend. 

The list goes long, but at the top come four quarterbacks trying out. It's highly unlikely any of the passers make the 53-man roster this fall, but it's certainly possible one of the passers could stay with the team through OTAs and maybe even minicamp later this summer. 

Mike Fafaul headlines the QB group. In eight games at UCLA last season he threw for more than 1,600 yards to go with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Below is the full list of tryout players, beginning with the signal callers.


  • Cody Keith, Quarterback, New Mexico Highlands             
  • Alex Snyder, Quarterback, Tufts
  • Mike Fafaul, Quarterback, UCLA
  • Oluwafemi Bamiro, Quarterback, North Carolina A&T
  • Tyler Hull, Punter, South Carolina
  • Hunter Windmuller, Punter, William & Mary
  • Conrad Ukropina, Kicker, Stanford
  • Verlan Hunter, Wide Receiver, Grambling State
  • Brian Hunca, Wide Receiver, Kenyon College
  • Marrio Norman, Defensive Back, Coastal Carolina
  • Jarrett Ross, Defensive Back, Maryland 
  • Kelvin Rainey, Defensive Back, Virginia
  • Jamar Baynard, Running Back, Wesley College   
  • Blake McCain, Defensive Back, Kentucky
  • Deadrick Jones, Defensive Back, Morgan State
  • Anthony Wales, Running Back, Western Kentucky
  • Emmanuel Holder, Fullback, Towson
  • Titus Howard, Defensive Back, Slippery Rock
  • Jameel Jackson, Defensive Back, Grambling State
  • Tarean Folston, Running Back, Notre Dame        
  • Bradley Street, Defensive Back, Alabama State   
  • Se'Von Pittman, Linebacker, Akron         
  • Paul Kelly, Long Snapper, Nebraska        
  • Tevin Homer, Defensive Back, Florida Atlantic    
  • Cass Weitl, Linebacker, Northwest Missouri State            
  • Arkez Cooper, Linebacker, Grambling State         
  • Zack Ryan, Linebacker, Ball State
  • Nico Marley, Linebacker, Tulane
  • Denzell Dotson, Offensive Lineman, Midwestern State   
  • Tino Tuilata, Offensive Lineman, Midwestern State
  • Mario Yakoo, Offensive Lineman, Boise State     
  • Jordan Thompson, Tight End, Ohio         
  • Manasseh Garner, Tight End, Pittsburgh
  • Nicholas Norris, Wide Receiver, Western Kentucky          
  • B.J. Singleton, Defensive Lineman, Houston        
  • James Duberg, Defensive Lineman, Harvard       
  • Kevin Kavalec, Defensive Lineman, Boston College


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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.


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Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect

Darnell Savage has been getting a lot of buzz since the Packers traded up to the 21st overall pick to select him in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his teammates are on board.

The Maryland star was one of the draft's biggest risers, and it was well warranted.

The Packers' Instagram account posted a video of Savage Wednesday, and his teammate Davante Adams chimed in.

“The boy gonna be special,” Adams wrote.

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“He’s going to be that guy — I can tell," Adams said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "We definitely got a steal." “I know we got him early, but I still think that he could have gone even earlier just based on what he’s doing out there. He plays like a vet, he knows how to practice, and he’s smart, man.

Savage will face the Redskins in Week 14 when the Burgundy and Gold head up to Lambeau Field on December 8 for the matchup against the Packers.