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The Triumphant Return Of Doug Dutch (And The Signing Of Two Other Guys)

Posted by Matt Terl on December 30, 2010 – 9:20 am

When the Redskins traded cornerback Doug Dutch to the Ravens for current #2 quarterback John Beck, it seemed likely that we had seen the last of the D.C. native (and Gonzaga grad) as well as his impressive cheering section. But Dutch never caught on in Baltimore, and — as the Redskins find themselves thin in the defensive backfield following injuries to Carlos Rogers and every safety on the team — Dutch was signed to the practice squad yesterday. The cheering section hasn’t returned yet, but I’m sure they’ll be here if Dutch is still on the roster when training camp rolls around.

(This signing also means that John Beck was acquired for absolutely nothing. Coincidentally, that’s the same thing he’s done on the field this season. But the coaching staff seems to be pretty high on him, so I suppose you could now officially chalk up the John Beck trade as an umitigated win for the Redskins. The way this season’s gone, I’ll take whatever wins I can find.)

Dutch wasn’t the only signing, though, and he probably wasn’t the most significant either — cornerback Reggie Jones was signed from the Saints practice squad straight to the Redskins active roster.

Jones came to the Saints as an undrafted free agent last year and was impressing in training camp before suffering an Achilles injury that landed him on injured reserve. But the Saints kept him around through the offseason and had him on their practice squad this entire year, so clearly they saw something in him.

He may have an opportunity here in D.C. As noted above, Rogers is injured and sat out practice yesterday. Kareem Moore has gone on injured reserve, where he joins fellow safeties LaRon Landry and Chris Horton. This has forced cornerback Kevin Barnes to see some action — and a bit of success — at safety, but it means there’s certainly a chance for a hungry defensive back to make an impression in the final week of the season.

Anyone who’s starred in a YouTube video entitled “Reggie Jones and his hair” deserves every chance he can get, as far as I’m concerned.

The third signing — and second to the practice squad — is another intriguing end-of-season prospect, a defensive lineman named Vince Oghobaase (pronounced oh-guh-BAH-see). Oghobaase was most recently with the UFL Hartford Colonials, but the 6-5, 305 pound Duke grad was projected to have much more impressive NFL success until injuries his senior year of college dropped his stock. Here’s a scouting report from just before the 2010 Draft that tells the story:

It is not every day that the Duke Blue Devils have a legitimate first day draft pick on their hands, at least in football. Vince Oghobaase probably could have declared for the NFL draft last year and been a first or second round selection. As a freshman in 2006, Oghobaase started all 12 games for Duke and earned a variety of All-Freshman accolades. Heading into the 2009 campaign, he has not missed a start since. However, a foot injury did keep him out of the lineup for a couple of early games in the 2009 campaign and have made his numbers five games into the 2009 season slightly disappointing.

And that’s followed by this update:

Duke had some success in the middle of the 2009 campaign, but lost their last four games with bowl eligibility on the line. Part of the problem was Oghobaase’s inconsistency following his injury. At times he was dominating and did tally 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks on the year in just eight games, but his overall lack of production has dropped his draft stock. Oghobaase is still at least a second round talent, but he needs to prove that he can stay consistent during Senior Week.

Oghobaase seems exceedingly unlikely to contribute this year (as he’s on the practice squad with one game remaining), but I think he represents an interesting possibility as a young 3-4 defensive end heading into the 2011 season. The highlights below — he’s the guy wearing #3 — seem to be pulled from his injury-plagued senior year, but there’s enough there to intrigue, I think.

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