Redskins Sign Wide Receiver Mathis

New Redskin Jerome Mathis (13) made the 2005 Pro Bowl as a kick returner.
New Redskin Jerome Mathis (13) made the 2005 Pro Bowl as a kick returner. (By Dave Einsel -- Associated Press)
Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Washington Redskins signed wide receiver Jerome Mathis, the team announced yesterday. Mathis, a member of the Houston Texans his first three seasons in the NFL, appeared in three games in 2007 before a leg injury ended his season.

As a rookie in the 2005 season, Mathis, 24, finished second in the NFL in kickoff returns with a 28.6-yard average. He scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns and went to the Pro Bowl. In his career, Mathis has six receptions for 80 yards (a 13.3-yard average) with one touchdown.

The Redskins also conducted a workout yesterday for invited draft-eligible players who played in college or high school in the Washington area.

Redskins coaches directed players in drills in preparation for the draft April 26-27. Former Maryland running back Lance Ball and former Howard quarterback Brian Johnson were among 69 players who participated in the workout. Last season, Ball finished second on the Terrapins with 768 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. In his final season for the Bison, Johnson passed for 2,212 yards with 21 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He had a 132.7 quarterback rating.

-- Jason Reid

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