Redskins sign receiver from Kaepernick workout

Ben Krimmel
December 05, 2019 - 9:14 am
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The Washington Redskins signed wide receiver Jordan Veasy to the practice squad Wednesday, the team announced.

Why is that noteworthy? Well, the seemingly unknown receiver who bounced around five different teams after going undrafted out of California in 2018, featured in Colin Kaepernick's November workout before NFL scouts in Georgia.

Veasy, 24, had a big moment in the workout when he caught a 50-yard deep ball from the former NFL quarterback and the video spread across social media. And his performance at the workout must have impressed Richard Mann II, Washington's assistant director of pro personnel, who was there watching. 

Neither player left that day with a contract offer, but Veasy, who stands 6-foot-3 and ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at his college pro day, believes the workout helped him land a job on the Redskins practice squad.

“It helped,” he told The Washington Post. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of it. Just being a part of the history of it, and I knew it was going to help me.”

After the Buffalo Bills released him off their practice squad earlier this season, Veasy returned to his native Alabama where he continued to workout and run routes. When he heard of Kaepernick's workout he figured he might as well make the two-hour drive, per The Post.

“I was going to be in Gadsden running routes anyway,” he said. “Might as well run 'em in front of some scouts.”

Veasy told the Post the Cleveland Browns flew him in nine days after the tryout but he left Cleveland still a free agent before a spot opened with the Redskins this week. 

Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII and the NFC title game the year after, remains unsigned. And despite declaring his firm interest in returning to the NFL after going unsigned following the 2016 season, when he averaged 6.8 yards per attempts and had a 16-4 touchdown to interception ratio, Kaepernick has been passed over by several teams in need of a quarterback in the weeks since the workout.  

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