Fighting for a spot on the Redskins’ roster for the second time of his career, outside linebacker Chris Wilson had an active night in Washington’s 30-17 preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Wilson had a sack that resulted in a safety, and also recorded a tackle and three additional hits on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Wilson received significant playing time with the first team as he rotated in and out of the game. His safety came in the third quarter with the Colts and backup quarterback Chandler Harnish backed up deep in their own territory.
“Looking at the formation, I thought they were going to chip, and as I was rushing, I seen that they didn’t,” Wilson said. “I’d been working the whole game to get a sack. That’s what us pass-rushers like to do. He happened to be in the end zone when I got home finally.”
Wilson played four seasons (2007-2010) for the Redskins — playing primarily on special teams and a backup on defense — but wasn’t re-signed last offseason. He had a brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason of 2011, but was cut before the regular season.
Wilson returned to Washington this past offseason, and is competing for a spot on the 53-man roster.
He hopes that a performance like his on Saturday helps solidify his spot with the team.
“[This game] is very important for a guy like myself,” Wilson said. “I know my role on this team, playing special teams, and being able to make sure there’s not any drop-off when I’m in the game. Just trying to show what I can do. Being gone, football is something I love and cherish, especially being here at FedEx Field. It was a wonderful feeling to come back here in this stadium. Just giving God all the glory, honor and praise, and just happy I could play well.”