The Washington Redskins had many needs on their roster coming off a season where they finished 3-13, fired their head coach, and their 2013 NFC East Championship banner a distant memory. One position that seemed settled was quarterback, where Robert Griffin III was entrenched as the starter and Kirk Cousins, barring a trade, the back-up. However, that wouldn't stop undrafted free agent quarterback Tommy Rees from pursuing his NFL dream with the Redskins.
Rees, started 12 games with Notre Dame as a sophomore but was benched in favor of Everett Golson in 2012. After the much maligned Golson was suspended due to academic infractions, Rees was once again elevated to the starting lineup, where he completed 54.1% of his passes for 3,257 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
After fielding several offers from NFL teams, Rees and his agent decided Washington was the best fit for him despite having significant depth at the quarterback position. The opportunity to play for new head coach Jay Gruden was a major factor in accepting the Redskins offer:
“The coaching staff that’s coming in is one that I’m excited about learning under and getting to know,” Rees said. “I knew coach Gruden and his background and the kind of offense that he runs and being a quarterback guy. Obviously, his pedigree is one that speaks for itself. Throughout the process, getting to know him and a couple of other guys on the offensive staff has been enjoyable.”
Rees will be competing for the third quarterback spot behind the aforementioned RG3 and Cousins. His primary competition will be the well-traveled Colt McCoy, the former Texas Longhorn product, who was signed as a free agent several weeks ago. Mike Shanahan, Gruden's predecessor in Washington, kept three quarterbacks on the roster, listing Rex Grossman primarily as inactive for the majority of last season.
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