Although the Redskins have not yet announced their list of undrafted free agents, there are reliable reports that former Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees is among the players they have under contract.
Rees started 30 games for the Fighting Irish including 12 last year. In 2013 he passed for 2,938 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
He wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, perhaps due to an inconsistent career. Rees started 12 games as a sophomore in 2011 and completed 65 percent of his passes. Last year he completed 54 percent. In 2012 he lost his starting job to Everett Golston and regained it last year when Golston was suspended for the season due to academic issues.
After going undrafted he decided to sign with the Redskins despite the presence of Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, and Colt McCoy, three fairly young quarterbacks with NFL starting experience.
“The coaching staff that’s coming in is one that I’m excited about learning under and getting to know,” Rees told 106.7 The Fan. “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.”
Despite the presence of the three young veterans, Washington is not a bad place for a rookie quarterback to be. Right now, it looks like Rees would have to beat out McCoy for the No. 3 quarterback job. However, that job might not exist on the Redskins as they might decide to go with just two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Most teams that go with two will keep a third on the practice squad. Rees would be eligible for the practice squad while McCoy would not.
Rees will get his shot at landing a spot on the Redskins starting with the team’s rookie minicamp, which starts on Friday.