As the Washington Football Team convenes for Spring Camp on Day 1, the roster is in flux with a number of departures and arrivals from the previous season.
The most conspicuous absence is defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, who departed the franchise in free agency after a decade-long tenure. Kerrigan, the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks, had been the bedrock of the team’s defense for the past several years and his loss is a significant blow.
On the flip side, the team also welcomed a new face in the person of cornerback William Jackson III. Jackson, signed in free agency, is coming off a stellar 2020 campaign with the Cincinnati Bengals and has the potential to be a valuable addition to the secondary.
The team also took steps to bolster its offensive line, signing veteran guard Zach Fulton and center Daniel Kilgore. Fulton, who was a starter for the Houston Texans last season, should provide a stabilizing presence on the interior, while Kilgore, who is coming off a Super Bowl-winning season with Kansas City, will provide further depth and competition for the starting role.
On the injury front, the team is expecting to get a boost from the return of running back Derrius Guice. Guice, who missed most of the 2020 season due to an ACL tear, is expected to be back in time for the start of the regular season.
In all, the first day of Spring Camp provided a glimpse of a Washington Football Team in transition, with notable departures and arrivals from the previous season, and a number of personnel moves designed to bolster the roster.