RICHMOND -- If only Martrell Spaight were still a rookie. Tack on that new car smell to the airbag-releasing type hitting the inside linebacker is producing in the Washington Redskins training camp and the whoa factor might be overly stimulating for the fan base excited for the next big thing.
Regardless, the second-year player is drawing plenty of attention including that of the head coach. Asked about the inside linebackers during camp, Jay Gruden responded initially like this:
“Yeah, it's a pretty good group really. It’s interesting. [Martrell] Spaight is having one heck of a camp so far. He’s turned a lot of heads.
That Spaight's actual head is right after enduring a season-ending concussion in Week 1 last season is what matters most. Based on his impressive performance in camp, it appears all is good. Not just physically, but mentally, as the 2015 fifth-round pick told Breaking Burgundy. Spaight also discussed learning his football smarts, getting ready for Thursday's preseason opener and going up against Washington's young running backs in the above video.
It seems weird to say considering his generally light NFL resume, but Spaight is essentially a lock to make the roster as one of the backups behind Will Compton and Mason Foster. If the stout 6-foot-0, 238-pounder continues to impress, he could lead to an interesting decision for the Redskins with veteran ILB Perry Riley and his notable salary cap hit.
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