The Washington Redskins on Sunday announced the signing of two tight ends, veteran D.J. Williams and rookie Ernst Brun.
The Washington Redskins on Sunday addressed a major immediate roster need, signing two players – D.J. Williams and Ernst Brun – at the tight end position.
The Washington Redskins on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, announced the signing of veteran tight end D.J. Williams.
In corresponding moves, the team placed tight ends Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen on Injured-Reserve, and also waived/injured running back Silas Redd Jr.
Williams was a fifth-round (141st-overall) pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFL Draft, and has since had stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In his NFL career, Williams, 26, who stands 6 foot 2 and weighs 245 pounds, has played in 35 games with nine receptions for 70 yards (7.8 yards per reception).
Williams finished his college career at Arkansas as the most prolific pass-catching tight end in school history, finishing his career with 152 receptions for 1,855 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 51 games with 32 starts.
As a senior in 2010, he became the first Arkansas player to win the John Mackey Award, given annually to the country's top tight end, and also earned first-team All-SEC recognition by leading the team with 54 receptions for 627 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, starting all 13 games.
Brun, meanwhile, an Iowa State product, caught 32 passes for 377 yards and six receiving touchdowns for the Cyclones from 2011-13.
The Washington Redskins on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, signed tight end Ernst Brun. Here's highlights from his career at Iowa State.
The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Brun earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors from the AP his junior campaign, when he started 11 games and made 26 receptions for 330 yards and six touchdowns, tying the Iowa State record for most touchdowns in a season by a tight end.
He played in eight games his senior year, despite being hampered by injuries.
The Redskins were looking to add depth to the tight end position after two of their top three players at the position suffered season-ending injuries in recent days. Paul suffered a broken left ankle Thursday night in the team's 2015 preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, while Paulsen is undergoing season-ending surgery on a turf toe injury suffered in an Aug. 6 practice.
Williams and Brun's additions give the team six total players at tight end, joining Jordan Reed, Je'Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon and Devin Mahina.
Redd Jr., meanwhile, was waived/injured after suffering a torn right ACL/MCL on a rushing attempt against the Browns. He was entering his second year in the NFL and with the Redskins in 2015.
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