Every year, the offseason functions as a safe haven for unreasonable, unending optimism. The are two ways to react to this kind of euphoria. One may reject it, with the consequence of lost hope. Or one may cherish it.
Teams that find themselves falling short of the playoffs on an annual basis are more likely to hold onto this hope, because it is a hope that they do not often experience in the months of autumn and winter.
For this reason, it makes sense that every time May comes around, the Washington Redskins are better than they were last year. It is the prevailing hope that one year, that optimism will end up reigning true.
That said, the Washington Redskins could very well exceed expectations 2018 (Yes, I’m a culprit, admittedly). They revamped their defensive line, adding high-upside players such as Daron Payne and Tim Settle. They finally found a talent worthy of directing their running game in Derrius Guice in Round 2 of the NFL Draft, and they were able to rather seamlessly transition from the Kirk Cousins era by trading for veteran quarterback Alex Smith.
Perhaps none of these new additions, however, have Redskins fans more excited than one draft acquisition in particular.
The No. 256 pick. Mr. Irrelevant. Trey Quinn.
Fans love an underdog story. And the instant he was selected, Trey Quinn, formerly a wide receiver with the SMU Mustangs, became just that. In many draft corners, Quinn’s resume embodied a fourth or fifth-round player better than it did a seventh-rounder. Quinn only had one year of solid production in college, but in that year, his final season, he logged 114 receptions (leading the NCAA), 1,236 yards, and 13 receiving touchdowns. I bet you can’t name his college quarterback without googling it, either.
When Quinn was selected, it didn’t take long for most Washington Redskins fans to realize he was a very good pick. But as the undeniable hope of the offseason has festered with time, so has the excitement for the Washington Redskins’ final pick, Trey Quinn. It started with bold predictions that Quinn would impress in his first season. Then came the speculation that he might be Jamison Crowder’s replacement in 2019. And now, his name has been regularly copied and pasted into Chuck Norris jokes. In fact, there’s a hashtag for it.
If unmitigated offseason enthusiasm is your kind of thing, then please, by all means, scroll through the tweets below. You won’t be disappointed. #TreyQuinnSZN is in full effect, and it is outrageously amazing. But don’t worry. The tweets are predominantly satire.
Or are they…?
Scroll through and enjoy #TreyQuinnSZN:
Yes, there’s even more where that came from. Somehow, I knew you’d ask. You can view the hashtag on Twitter from the link above.
Trey Quinn’s kind of a big deal now. It didn’t take long for him to shed the “Mr. Irrelevant” title. In fact, he hasn’t even played a down of professional football yet. The offseason hype machine moves with almost no resistance. It’s a trend that persists every year.
Don’t worry. No one is anointing Trey Quinn MVP just yet. But make no mistake: This hype is not baseless. Quinn has the skill set to exceed his draft slot at the next level. He might not end up scaring Waldo into submission, or rising to the ranks of eternal stardom among the world’s shark communities.
But he just might be a decent football player.