WASHINGTON — Some might say preseason football is mostly a meaningless affair, when presumptive starters play only one series and most of the action is comprised of bubble players fighting for those final roster spots. But that’s not to say players don’t take it seriously.
Before kickoff of Thursday’s Redskins-Falcons preseason opener, linebacker Martrell Spaight — a fifth-round pick by Washington in 2015 who missed all but one game of his rookie season on injured reserve — centered a circle of teammates to share a message.
Apparently hyping up his teammates isn’t unfamiliar territory for Spaight, who was known for doing the same at Arkansas.
Spaight figures to be one of 53 left standing after final cuts come Sept. 3. Last week, 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Brian McNally named Spaight one of his five training camp surprises:
Spaight has fared well this camp against reserves. That’s a positive sign after a year of development was lost. There is a lot of youth at inside linebacker and Washington might need one of those players to develop quickly. Spaight is your best bet of the group. He drew praise on Thursday from coach Jay Gruden and broke up a pass at the goal line.
Hopefully, for Spaight’s sake, there’s more to his legacy than what he leaves in August.