Lost in all the hubbub of the Redskins’ quarterback change on Wednesday was the addition of guard John Malecki to the practice squad.
Malecki fills the spot vacated by rookie Maurice Hurt, who was promoted to the 53-man roster after left tackle Kory Lichtensteiger was placed on the injured reserve list.
A 6-foot-2, 298-pound University of Pittsburgh product, Malecki broke into the NFL as an undrafted rookie signed by the Tennessee Titans in 2010. He was released by Tennessee in Aug. 2010 and then had stints with the Cleveland Browns twice and the Tampa Buccaneers twice. He spent a portion of this season with the Pittsburgh Steelers before he was cut on Oct. 9.
Malecki played defensive tackle for two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh before switching to right guard, where he started the final 26 games of his career and earned first-team All-Big East honors as a senior.
Malecki hopes that he finally has found a home with the Redskins, who run a zone blocking scheme that he believes can suit his strengths.
“Being a smaller guy who banks more on his speed, I think it’ll definitely help me and let me showcase the quickness I’ve always had and worked on,” Malecki said. “It’s a good scheme and these guys are pretty solid with it, so I’ll be able to get a lot of pointers from the veteran guys to help get my footwork and hand placement down. But any time you get the opportunity to put on a helmet and play for an NFL team, it’s awesome. For me, it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride, but … hopefully, I can pick it up pretty quickly and get out and help these guys.”