Used sparingly on offense for much of this season, Washington Redskins veteran Mike Sellers has seen a spike in action with fullback Darrel Young sidelined by a concussion. Now that Fred Davis is suspended for the rest of the season, Sellers said he’s ready to take on a larger role at tight end if called upon.
Sellers, a 13-year veteran, saw his role reduced this season as Young took over the starting fullback job. But since training camp, he has worked as a backup tight end as well. He already was familiar with the position, where he spent the early portion of his career. Sellers has taken a handful of snaps there this season.
Young expects to return to action this week, and just in time. The Redskins like to use multiple tight end sets. Logan Paulsen is poised to take over the No. 1 tight end spot, and Sellers’ action figures to increase.
“I’ll do whatever I can to help this team,” said Sellers, who recorded a 15-yard catch for his first reception of the season two weeks ago against Seattle. “Any way I can help. That’s why I’m here. I’ve just got to know two positions. I’ve known fullback, and I’ve always had to know tight end, so it’s just a matter of being professional and paying attention to both positions.”
The 6-foot-3, 272-pound Sellers has remained a contributor on special teams. He says that physically, he feels he can still contribute regularly on offense.
“I take care of my body. I feel great,” said Sellers, who last season posted 20 catches for 224 yards.
When asked how much longer he could play, Sellers smiled and said, “Until the wheels fall off. I feel good. I feel great. Shoulders, legs, knees – knock on wood.”
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