The Washington Redskins have signed free agent defensive end Jake McDonough. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets last season, but was waived during training camp. He then played for the Portland Thunder of the AFL, and was later signed to the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts.
McDonough is 24, 6’5, 280. Both the Jets and the Colts run 3-4 defensive schemes so McDonough has experience in the defense the Redskins run. And the Redskins need to add some youth on the defensive line, as most of the top guys are near or over thirty. So the expectation is for McDonough to come in and compete for a roster spot.
However, now that training camp has started McDonough may be along shot to make the team, as the Redskins have several established defensive lineman already on the depth chart ahead of him. Redskins special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica was with the Jets last season, so that might be McDonough’s connection to being signed.
McDonough was signed after the Redskins waived cornerback Courtney Bridget after he suffered a shoulder injury.