Washington Redskins Unheralded Players: WR Matt Hazel
By Ian Cummings
While our previous three subjects all played on the biggest college stage, Matt Hazel suited up for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers as a two-star recruit.
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Hazel cemented a legacy there as one of the better Coastal Carolina wide receivers in history, and it was enough to get him drafted. Getting drafted and succeeding in the NFL, however, are two entirely different things.
He was selected by the Dolphins as a sixth-round pick in 2014. He took a rather common route out of the draft, spending his first NFL season on the practice squad. The following year, he saw his first action, making appearances in five regular season games. However, he failed to make an impression, and the following preseason, he was cut. He signed with the Bills for a short time, but that did not last. The Redskins signed him to the practice squad in October of 2016.
Hazel’s college production hasn’t yet translated into NFL success. Still, Hazel has the talent to contribute. But the NFL is an ongoing competition, and Hazel will have to show he’s better than the others at his position if he wishes to find success at the professional level.