The Redskins were beating the Bills 21-0 at halftime on Sunday afternoon. That's when tight end Marcell Jensen received a phone call.
In a strange turn of events, Jensen, a member of the Bills practice squad, heard from his agent that the Redskins were signing him to their active roster. He had just joined the team that was beating his former one.
"Words can't express the emotions that overcame me," Jensen wrote on Instagram. "This is such a blessing and a huge opportunity. It's been quite a journey for me up to this point, (5 teams in the past 8 months) but hard work and perseverance are really paying off. Once again I'd like to thank God and my entire support group."
Jensen, as he mention in his post, has become quite the journeyman as of late. He began his career with the Jaguars , signed as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State. But for most of his rookie year, he was on injured reserve.
The Broncos picked him up the following May and was waived in September. The Falcons took his services next on their practice squad before he joined the Bills in December. Now, he'll bring his services to Washington, which continues to add tight end depth after losing Derek Carrier for the year last week.
Jensen's arms measure the longest (34 7/8") of the 74 tight ends at the National Scouting Combine since 2012. He also had long hair, but, as you can see above, he cut that after college.
Jensen, at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, described his feeling about the combine and getting scouted in the several months leading up to the NFL Draft while a senior at Fresno State.
He was actually a defensive end all through high school and transitioned to tight end during his freshman year in college.
At Rodriguez H.S. in Fairfield, Calif., was also a three-year letterman in basketball and named the school's Defensive Basketball Player of the Year and League MVP runner-up.
Growing up in northern California means, naturally, he was a big Golden State Warriors fan, too, and was pretty happy to see his team win the NBA Finals.