Washington Redskins Unheralded Players: TE Hale Hentges
By Ian Cummings
Uncertainty can be an equalizer.
The Washington Redskins‘ offseason was already marred by this uncertainty. In January, owner Dan Snyder fired Bruce Allen and brought in former Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who swiftly cleaned house, bringing in a brand new staff and a wave of free agent additions.
The Redskins are a long-term project in its early stages, and nothing is settled yet. Compounding that uncertainty is the fallout of the United States’ novel coronavirus outbreak, which has complicated the NFL’s plans for training camp and other offseason activities. It’s a new coaching staff. It’s a new process. It’s a clean slate.
Uncertainty like this can be daunting, but some players have the ability to use that uncertainty to rise from obscurity, and take advantage where other players do not. Some players do their best work when the lights are dim, so that when they do come back on, they can shine on the greatest stage, against all odds.
We call these Unheralded Players; perceived long shots to make the Redskins roster, who ultimately cannot be counted out of the race. Our first qualifier of the 2020 offseason — the first of many to come — is second-year tight end Hale Hentges.