Darrion Scott had been a professional football player for five years prior to the 2011 season, but he said it wasn’t until late last year that he really learned how to be a pro.
Released by the Washington Redskins during Week 10, Scott, a defensive end, found himself without a team for the first time in his career.
“It was a trying time for me,” Scott said Saturday afternoon. “It’s something I really hadn’t been used to in the past few years, and basically, it humbled me.”
But it wouldn’t be long until the Redskins realized they needed Scott — right when Scott really needed the Redskins.
A week later Scott rejoined Washington’s roster after Kedric Golston was placed on injured reserve with a knee ligament injury. He was then re-signed by the team during the offseason.
“When Kedric got hurt, I came back and had to play right away, and it was something I had to be prepared for,” Scott said. “That’s what it really taught me over the course of half a season when I wasn’t playing: It taught me to be a better pro.”
Scott, a 6-year NFL veteran, ending up playing in seven games for the Redskins in 2011, serving as a backup at defensive end. He logged 10 tackles and four quarterback pressures.
Scott — a third round (88th overall) selection out of Ohio State in the 2004 NFL Draft — played the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, where he logged 77 tackles, 9.5 sacks and one forced fumble before joining the Redskins in 2010.
Scott said he’s taken the offseason and organized team activities very seriously so he can be ready to produce at a high rate in 2012.
“For me, I took it upon myself to have a really good offseason,” Scott said. “I wanted to be in great shape.”
Scott feels the continuity across a defense that features several returners can only mean good things for the Redskins.
“I feel we only have room for improvement,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any chance we go back or anything like that.”
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