Few Washington Redskins players knew Edgar Jones at voluntary player workouts in June.
Some didn’t even know he was on the team. Others thought he was one of the Redskins latest draft picks.
In fact, the 6-foot-3, 262-pound tight end and linebacker hybrid played four seasons in Baltimore before he signed with the Redskins in January. That allowed him to join the team for voluntary workouts during the NFL labor dispute, but no opportunity to meet the majority of his teammates beforehand. As he learned the new terminology for the similar 3-4 defense he executed in Baltimore, Jones also spent the first day introducing himself to his new teammates.
“My first couple days, guys thought I was a rookie until they realized I was going into my fifth year,” Jones said. “Being in Baltimore for four years and coming out to a new team, that was a little different. It just comes with the game, especially if you are a new face.”
As a senior at Rayville High in Rayville, La., Jones had his scholarship to play football at Southern Mississippi pulled on signing day because of poor grades. He continued his football career at Southeast Missouri State University, where he led the NCAA I-AA division in sacks as a senior, with 12.
Jones expected to be drafted, but did not receive a call from an NFL team until the Ravens signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Upon his arrival for training camp, the equipment crew tossed him a No. 64 practice jersey. “Just a number,” Jones said. “So I knew I was behind the eight ball then.”
Jones worked his way onto the Ravens special teams, then changed his number to 84 and appeared in 32 games as a two-way player. He finished his tenure there with 19 tackles, a 25-yard pass reception in 2008 and an 8-yard catch in 2009.
Jones hopes to make the Redskins 53-man roster on special teams. He is practicing with the punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return teams. While the Redskins likely won’t need him to line up at tight end, Jones, who is competing with Markus White and Rob Jackson at the backup outside linebacker position, eventually wants a shot on defense.
“Hopefully, I can get a chance to get on the defense side of the ball too and get after that quarterback,” Jones said. “That’s something I know and I’m confident that I can do, in addition to also being a special teams guru.”