Just two games remain in the Washington Redskins’ season, but tight end Rob Myers and defensive end Doug Worthington aim to make a strong impression on coaches following their promotions to the 53-man roster this week.
Myers, a 6-foot-4, 239-pound Utah State product, signed to Washington’s practice squad five weeks ago. Since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2009, Myers has spent time with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts. But he has spent time only on practice squads and never any of those team’s 53-man rosters.
“I found out [Monday] and couldn’t believe it, and it sounds very cliché, but it was the best Christmas present. Christmas comes early,” Myers said. “It was a really cool experience. It’s been 2 1 / 2, almost three years and finally get the opportunity. I’m so excited.”
If Myers is in uniform for Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, it will mark the first official game in which he has appeared since his junior year of college in 2007, when he recorded 21 catches for 320 yards and three touchdowns. Myers suffered turf toe during the preseason of his senior season and had season-ending surgery. He bounced around from NFL practice squad to practice squad, and broke a rib during this year’s training camp with the Colts.
“I went back to Houston, and wasn’t getting any calls. So I started getting my resume together,” said Myers, who considered sales jobs in the medical devices and oil industries. “I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen. I got a call from these guys to get an opportunity. I was happy just to be back on a practice squad, but this opportunity, this is awesome. … I definitely have fresh legs. Most of these guys are pretty beat up close to the end of the season. I feel like I can bring a little freshness. I’m not sure what my role will be, but if they ask me to block, I’ll block. If they ask me to run downfield, I’ll run downfield.”
Worthington, meantime, spent the entire regular season on Washington’s practice squad after joining the team during the preseason. The former Ohio State standout was a seventh-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, but he never played a game for that team or for his next squad, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 6-foot-5, 292-pound Worthington last played an official game came in the 2010 Rose Bowl between Ohio State and Oregon.
He has spent this season working behind veterans Adam Carriker, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston (who is now on Injured Reserve), Darrion Scott and Kentwan Balmer and now hopes to prove himself in a game.
“Just as far as my work ethic, they’ve seen it in practice,” said Worthington, who recorded six tackles during the preseason for Washington. “You want to be ready if I do get my chance on the field, whether it’s special teams or whatever they want to use me at, or just giving a guy a blow, just do my best. … The preseason games are huge. Don’t get me wrong. But it’d be great to get into a game that really meant something on our stats.”
The Redskins on Tuesday also made two practice squad additions, signing tight end Schuylar Oordt, a first-year player out of Northern Iowa, and safety Michael Hamlin, a third-year pro out of Clemson, who has spent time with Dallas, Indianapolis and Jacksonville.