The Washington Football Team filled an open spot on their practice sign by signing defensive end Gerri Green.
The Washington Football Team has been surprisingly active on the defensive end/edge rush market this week. After losing practice squader Jordan Brailford to the Minnesota Vikings, Washington claimed 2020 seventh-round draft pick Casey Toohill off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.
And now, the team has added another pass rusher to their practice squad. According to the team’s official Twitter account, Washing signed defensive end Gerri Green to a contract.
Green (6-foot-4, 254 pounds) was a sixth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts back in 2019 and played collegiately at Mississippi State. He had 8.5 sacks during his final two college seasons and posted solid athletic numbers at the combine.
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Green hasn’t yet cracked an active roster at the NFL level, but he did spend the 2019 season on the Colts and Patriots practice squads and was on the Colts’ offseason roster/practice squad until mid-September this year. He does have potential, and Washington will hope that they can tap into it.
Defensive end certainly isn’t one of the big needs for the Washington roster as currently constructed. Chase Young and Montez Sweat figure to be the guys moving forward at that position and Ryan Kerrigan and Ryan Anderson have been solid rotational players for Washington this season.
That said, both Kerrigan and Anderson are free agents after this season. They each could leave the organization and there remains a chance that either could be traded before the 2020 trade deadline if Washington is out of contention and gets a compelling offer for one of them.
Because of that, it makes sense that the team is building up depth at this position, as Green, Toohill, and 2020 seventh-round pick James Smith-Williams all could challenge for backup roles with the squad in the future. And at the very least, building up organizational depth at a position of strength is never a bad thing.
We’ll see if Green can make an impact with Washington or if he’s just here as a quick tryout option. If Green can’t gain any traction, Washington can move onto the next option on the list or could consider signing practice squad depth at a position of weakness, like offensive line, tight end, or wide receiver.