The Washington Football Team has spent a portion of their bye week filling out open spots on they practice squad, and recouping the developmental potential in that department.
Due to injuries and inconsistent at certain positions, the Washington Football Team has been continually sifting through its players, and fielding different roster sets each week. Over the past several weeks, they’ve had to elevate both Cam Sims and Tony Brown from the practice squad at wide receiver, and they were also forced to elevate Jeremy Reaves at safety after Landon Collins tore his Achilles.
In corresponding moves to these elevations, the Washington Football Team aimed to again fill out its practice squad, and on October 28, they added two players with this end goal in mind. Reports detail that Washington signed former Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Jordan Brown and former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis to the practice squad. Andrew DiCecco first reported the Brown signing, while Ian Rapoport made light of the Davis acquisition.
Both Brown and Davis have near-elite athletic potential, and it’s easy to see why the Washington Football Team would want these players in their farm system. Washington is at a stage where, despite competing in a lowly NFC East, they still have a need for long-term depth and added playmakers. These types of players improve the depth, at the very least, and have a shot to progress into heightened contributors.
Brown, 24, was drafted by the Bengals in Round 7 of the 2019 NFL Draft after earning three picks and 15 deflections in his final season at South Dakota State. Brown has yet to take an NFL snap, but his athletic testing numbers shed light on his upside: In the 2019 offseason, he logged a 4.5 40-yard dash, a 39.5-inch vertical, and a 128-inch broad jump, all at 6-foot-0, 201. Brown has productive experience at cornerback, but his traits also lend him upside as a safety.
Davis, meanwhile, is 27, and was a fifth-round pick for the Packers back in 2016. Injuries ultimately led Davis to his current destination, but in the past, he showed flashes of being a legitimate return man for Green Bay, and his athletic traits emphasize his potential there. Davis ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, and supplemented that with a 38.5-inch vertical, a 124-inch broad jump, and an excellent 6.60 three-cone time in the 2016 offseason.
With the new rules this season allowing teams more flexibility to get their practice squad players on-field experience, no practice squad signing should go under the radar. There’s a real chance that one of these players could see the field down the line in 2020, and if they do, they have the traits to make plays.