Dejon Gomes recorded a handful of takeaways during his four seasons at the University of Nebraska, but off the field he gave back to the community.
After finishing his college career in Lincoln, Neb. with seven interceptions, Gomes spent time between workouts this summer donating his time to the Down Syndrome Association during the NFL labor dispute.
“They look up to us and we were just trying to go out there and make their day,” Gomes said. “I just tried as much as I could when I had a little off time to give back.”
The time spent with his admirers also made Gomes’s day.
“For me personally, it just makes me appreciate everything,” said Gomes, whose good deeds while attending Nebraska date back to 2009, when he went over football rules with children at the Madonna Hospitals Wheelchair Football workshop. “A lot of people aren’t fortunate to be playing football. A lot of people aren’t fortunate to be walking or have the speech that we have so I just have to thank God and be appreciative and give back.”
With training camp in full swing, Gomes’ time currently is dedicated to digesting the defensive playbook. The Redskins selected him 146th overall in the fifth round of this year’s draft, after a senior season at Nebraska when he finished second on the team with 99 tackles, including 51 solo stops as a linebacker-cornerback hybrid.
Gomes wasn’t allowed to contact defensive backs coach Bob Slowik during the lockout. That has led to an accelerated transition during his first NFL training camp, but the rookie has managed to stay on pace.
“It’s definitely been a little bit harder (without OTA’s),” Gomes said. “You just have to focus that much more . . . I’m still learning, but [training camp] is going all right.”
Limited: LB Ryan Kerrigan(knee, day-to-day), TE Chris Cooley(knee, day-to-day), WR Malcolm Kelly (right foot, day-to-day); Out: RB Ryan Torain (broken hand, out seven to 10 days), S LaRon Landry (Achilles’ tendon, physically unable to perform list), S Kareem Moore (knee, pup list), LB Robert Henson (knee, PUP list).
Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers
When: Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Where: FedEx Field, Landover
The Redskins open the regular season Sept. 11 versus the Giants at FedEx Field, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)