In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Redskins spent three consecutive picks in the middle rounds on players from the University of Nebraska: running back Roy Helu, wide receiver Niles Paul and safety DeJon Gomes.
But the storyline has transitioned from a draft-day novelty, to having all three make the 53-man roster, and contribute in the first two games of the season.
Gomes tweeted his excitement after the finals cuts were made before the regular season:
Truly blessed to have two of my college teammates and good friends with me as we start our career—
DeJon Gomes (@D_Gomes24) September 06, 2011
“I knew going into training camp that we all had what it took to make this roster, and at least put our best foot forward,” Gomes explained. “At the end of the day, it’s up to the coaches and I thank God that we did all make it.”
So far in 2011, the former Huskers have combined to contribute in all facets of the Redskins game. Gomes has had one tackle in the secondary, Paul has had one return on special teams, and Helu had a monster day on Sunday, with 112 all-purpose yards on offense.
As this trio continues to grow and develop, they continue to lean on each other for support.
“Being at Nebraska prepared us,” Gomes assessed. “But it was more along the lines of having someone here that you could connect with on a deeper level, because they really know you.”
Gomes and Helu were roommates during training camp, and Paul frequently around to hang out after practice. Even now that camp has broken and the three live in separate places, they are never far away.
“Niles lives in the same apartment complex that I do, so we still hang out a lot,” Gomes said. “Roy likes to be on his own a lot of the time, but he’s only two minutes away.”
At this point, Helu interjected with: “He texts me. Sometimes I text him back.”
And wide receiver Anthony Armstrong sarcastically said: “That’s cute. That’s real cute.”
The three rookies join veteran defensive end Adam Carriker to form the Cornhusker contingent in Washington. Look for this group to be a significant factor in the Redskins success this season.
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