Redskins sign DE Jeremy Towns

RICHMOND – The Redskins have signed defensive lineman Jeremy Towns to fill the roster spot that became vacant when Washington waived injured wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr., according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Towns went undrafted out of Samford this past spring and had a tryout with the New York Jets but remained unsigned.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pounder concluded his college career with a senior season that saw him start all 13 games and finish with 54 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Towns becomes the second defensive line prospect signed by Washington in the last week. The team on Wednesday signed defensive end Jake McDonough. The team has a number of veteran defensive linemen, but is looking for young, developmental talent at that position.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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Mike Jones · August 3, 2014