RICHMOND, VA. – Jonathan Allen, Arie Kouandjio and Terrelle Pryor Sr. were among the players who signed autographs and took photos with fans following a two-hour practice session on Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.
Thousands of Redskins supporters came out for Fan Appreciation Day in advance of the team’s first preseason game.
“It’s a chance for the fans to see where we are and how far we’ve come,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.
The team released defensive backs Lou Young and Josh Evans during the first week of training camp. Young, a former Good Counsel standout, was waived from the reserve/injured list with an injury settlement.
Evans, who was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, was picked up by the Redskins last season and only played in two games.
The Redskins have high expectations for Allen and rookie linebacker Ryan Anderson who were college teammates at Alabama.
“They played in a lot of huge games,” said Gruden. “The SEC, you can argue all you want, is the best conference in football and they played great competition week in and week out. Every game was a huge game for them, not to mention their record was what it was. Their defense was as stellar as it was.”
During his tenure at Alabama, Allen, a 6-foot-3, 288-pound defensive end, earned numerous accolades including the SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
“Jon, he’s a guy that doesn’t talk much,” said Anderson. “He don’t like messing up, he don’t like getting beat. That bothers him when stuff like that happens to him. He comes out every day and he just competes, man. He’s the type of guy that you want on your team.”
Kouandjio, a DeMatha product, enters his third season in the NFL after a stellar career at Alabama where he was a two-time BCS national champion and earned First-team All-SEC honors in 2014.
Meanwhile, Pryor, who joined the Redskins in the offseason, spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He began his NFL career at quarterback with the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and was converted to wide receiver when he joined the Browns in 2015.
“I just like the fact that he’s a very bright guy, understands coverages, understands where the ball should go and route concepts, which is very big,” said Gruden.