The Redskins officially announced four signings this morning: veteran wide receivers Joey Galloway and Bobby Wade, and undrafted rookie free agents Logan Paulsen (a tight end out of UCLA) and Keiland WiIliams (a running back from LSU). Rather than just repost the press release — although I’ll do that too — I figured it might be nice to introduce the four new guys in video form.
Here, for example, is Wade, serving as “Globetrotter for the Night” with the Harlem Globetrotters. “This is a big game right here, this is a big point in the game,” he notes, as he prepares to make his dramatic leap from the stands to the basketball court. “You can expect some classic Bobby Wade, some big-play Wade.”
Practical experience that will no doubt come in handy during mini-camp.
Galloway’s best video — him flying with the Blue Angels when he was a Buccaneer — isn’t t embeddable, because the uploader doesn’t allow it. So here instead is an ESPN profile on Galloway as one of the three best receivers to come out of Ohio State. “You get, in my opinion, the best wide receiver in the NFL,” says a young Kirk Herbstreit, adding, “and I’m talking young wide receivers.”
He’s probably not considered a young wide receiver anymore, after fifteen NFL seasons. (In fact, Galloway started his stint in Tampa expected to play alongside a receiver who wound up not taking the field in a holdout. That receiver — Keenan McCardell — is now his position coach here.)
The two rookies haven’t done anything quite so quirky or memorable, so here’s a highlight reel of Paulsen with a needlessly ominous soundtrack.
And, in case you’re put off by the negative scouting report Hogs Haven received on Williams, here’s a touchdown run and a nicely executed swing pass, both of which show some promising talent:
Williams is also well-versed in interview cliches and makes a few good plays as a video game character, but I’m more interested in what Mike and Kyle Shanahan can do with the on-field ability displayed above.
Here’s the press release, if you need EVEN MORE on these guys after that detailed breakdown.
For Immediate Release
April 29, 2010
REDSKINS SIGN PAIR OF VETERAN WIDE RECEIVERS, TWO MORE COLLEGE FREE AGENTS
LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent wide receivers Joey Galloway and Bobby Wade. The team also signed tight end Logan Paulsen and running back Keiland Williams as college free agents. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
A veteran of 15 National Football League seasons, Galloway (5-11, 197) has played in 188 games, with 171 starts, and has amassed 689 receptions for 10,777 yards and 77 touchdowns. Those totals rank 31st, 26th, and 23rd, respectively, in NFL history.
Included in Galloway’s receiving yardage total are six seasons of at least 1,000 yards, most recently in 2007 as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That capped a three-year stretch where he accumulated 202 catches for 3,358 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Galloway originally entered the league as a first-round draft pick (No. 8 overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in 1995. In his first four seasons with the club, he registered three 1,000-yard seasons and one where he finished with 987. He also accounted for 36 receiving touchdowns and one on the ground over that span.
He appeared in only nine games over the next two seasons (1999-2000) for Seattle and Dallas, respectively, before starting all 16 contests in 2001 and 2002, and 13 in 2003, for the Cowboys. In 2004, Galloway was traded to Tampa Bay, where he would become the second player in NFL history to record three 1,000-yard receiving seasons with two different clubs.
Galloway played last season with New England and Pittsburgh, appearing in three games, all with the Patriots, and recording seven catches for 67 yards.
A native of Bellaire, Ohio, Galloway was a two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection at Ohio State. He was born Nov. 20, 1971.
Entering his eighth NFL season, Wade has played in 102 career games with 50 starts for the Chicago Bears (2003-2005), Tennessee Titans (two games in 2005), Minnesota Vikings (2007-08) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2009).
For his career, Wade has totaled 244 receptions for 2,858 yards (11.7 avg.) and nine touchdowns and also added 22 rushing attempts for 93 yards (4.2 avg.). In addition, Wade has 660 yards on 78 career punt returns (8.5 avg.) and a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown against Detroit (9/18/05). He has 1,194 yards on 50 career kickoff returns (23.9 avg.).
Wade recorded consecutive seasons with more than 50 receptions in 2007 and 2008 with the Vikings. He posted career highs in receptions (54), receiving yards (647) and receiving touchdowns (3) in 2007.
Wade (5-10, 186) originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round selection in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Arizona. A native of Los Angeles, Wade was born Feb. 25, 1981.
Paulsen (6-5, 264) played collegiately at UCLA, where he had 71 career catches for 888 yards (12.5 avg.) and one touchdown. As a redshirt senior, Paulsen caught 29 passes for 362 yards (12.5 avg.) and was named the offensive winner of UCLA’s N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership and also earned the Jack R. (Jackie) Robinson Award for Highest Scholarship of a Senior Player. Paulsen, who started the 2009 season on the Mackey Award watch list, also earned second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
Paulsen was born on Feb. 26, 1987, in Northridge, Calif.
Williams (5-11, 223) played in 47 career games at LSU, with three starts. He rushed for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns on 299 carries (5.7 avg.), and caught 28 passes for 273 yards (9.8 avg.) and two touchdowns.
Williams was born Aug. 14, 1986, in Lafayette, La., and as a junior at the city’s Northside High School, rushed for more than 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns before finishing his prep career at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.
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