One of three rookie college free agent signings on the Redskins' roster, Levern Jacobs is hoping that he can do enough at a position stacked with talent to make the active roster.
Although most children dread seeing their parents cry, when undrafted free agent wide receiver Levern Jacobs saw his mom break down in tears after hearing her son was receiving an opportunity to play for the Washington Redskins, it was one of the best moments of his life.
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"Man, she just was crying because it's like even me just getting an NFL opportunity, not a lot of people get that chance," Jacobs told Redskins.com. "So just being able to come out here each and every day and just put on for my family is just an honor in itself."
For a local guy like Jacobs, who is from Forestville, Md., the opportunity to play for the Redskins feels more like a dream than reality at times.
He grew up in a family that was passionate about the Redskins.
"I went to the University of Maryland then came to the Redskins, you know that's every childhood dream." Jacobs said. "My family is proud of me, Maryland is proud of me, Suitland [High School] is proud of me and I'm just honored to be here."
At Maryland, Jacobs finished seventh in team history for most career receptions despite dealing with inconsistent play from the Terps' quarterbacks. He also had to overcome injuries and other issues, too.
Finally back on the field for the conclusion of his college career, Jacobs hit his stride in the final eight games at Maryland, recording 38 receptions for 419 yards and two touchdowns.
Jacobs will need to continue that momentum deeper into training camp and the preseason if he hopes to earn a spot in a very competitive Redskins receiver corps.
While receivers such as Terrelle Pryor Sr., Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson lead the way for the team at the positon, competition to claim the other receiver positons on the 53-man roster.
Regardless of the competition Jacobs is currently facing, he is staying positive and trying to learn from others on the team who have been in his spot before while still trying to distinguish himself.
"I've definitely talked to all those guys," Jacobs said. "You know, just those guys trying to help me out with the playbook and everything, just trying to find little ways to separate myself because all those guys are great athletes and they're going to make plays when they're on the field."
As he continues on his path from undrafted to potentially an NFL roster during the regular season, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has made it clear that all of the team's young wide receivers must understand the concepts of playing outside and inside if they want to be active.
"You've got to know all three and that's tough for a rookie," Gruden said when asked about a rookie wide receiver claiming a roster spot. "Special teams are the start for a lot of young guys that are trying to make the roster. So if he can do well on special teams, that will be a huge plus for him. If he's got position flexibility, that will be another huge plus for him. Then obviously he's got to make the plays when they are given."