The Washington Redskins added some running back depth in undrafted free agency, as the National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson reports that the team has signed former USC Trojans and Penn State Nittany Lions star running back Silas Redd. He was never expected to be drafted after running a poor 40 time, but he had plenty of college production, especially at PSU when the backfield wasn’t as crowded.
Redd will fight for a roster spot, and I think he’ll crack the 53-man if he shows improved ball security in training camp. At the very least, Redd is a good practice squad stash, because I like it when teams decide to sign productive college backs in UDFA. It will be interesting to see if Redd has a better career than another former Penn State feature back that signed with the Redskins in Evan Royster, as both were productive backs in college who didn’t measure out well.
Another negative with Redd is his health, as he has earned a reputation for being an injury-prone back. Not only will he have to prove that he can cut down his fumbles, but he’ll also have to prove that he can stay healthy. On the bright side, Redd can help on passing downs, so we’ll see if the Redskins can find some value out of that if he makes the roster as the last RB on the depth chart.