RICHMOND -- As the Redskins came out to the field for the morning walkthrough on day one of training camp, the team split on the two fields. The 1st team offense and defense went to one field, and the rest of the players went to the other field. After a quick scan, I saw two or three extra bodies brought over to rotate in with the starters. Kendall Reyes was in that group.
Reyes was signed as a free agent this year and it didn't get much attention. His signing was attributed to Reyes' background with Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry and not much else. It's only the first day of camp, but Reyes' could have a significant role on the defense.
When Reyes' 97 jersey lined up inside next to Chris Baker in a 4-man front, it immediately brought flashbacks of Jason Hatcher who was with the team last year. With the loss of Hatcher and Terrance Knighton, the Redskins are looking for someone to step up. It looks like Reyes, a free agent signing from the Chargers, is getting the first shot.
Trent Murphy, Ziggy Hood, Corey Crawford and Matt Ioannidis will get chances to work in and show what they can do, but Reyes was the only one to make it to the first team field today. The Redskins didn't make any splash signings at the position and only spent a 5th round pick on Ioannidis in the draft. Consider this unit a group effort situation. It's only the first day of camp, but the team appears to be giving Reyes the ball first and it is up to him to run with it.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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