Each day during training camp, the Redskins Blog will be highlighting one rookie as they participate in their first professional camp and try to find their way onto the final roster. Today’s spotlight is on guard Adam Gettis.
Washington Redskins’ rookie guard Adam Gettis first played organized football his freshman year in high school and developed into a two-star prospect not recruited to play by many big colleges.
Fast forward five years later, and Gettis is the fifth-round selection of the Redskins in April’s NFL Draft.
It’s been a whirlwind experience that even Gettis said he can’t believe sometimes.
“You don’t think it’s going to happen,” Gettis said Monday after the Redskins’ morning walk-through practice. “Being a two-star guy, you don’t think those guys are going to make it, but it’s all about work and opportunity and you have to take advantage of those types of things.”
On Monday, the team participated in its second practice with shoulder pads, giving a much more physical feel to things.
Gettis said he was happy to throw the pads on and get going.
“You have to have a mindset of being ready to go,” Gettis said. “You’re ready to go and you’re really pumped, and everybody’s pumped. So you just have to give it 100 percent.”
After all, if you’re not ready to be physical in a game like football, the pain will come sooner or later, Gettis said.
“You know somebody’s going to try to put you on your butt, so you just have to be ready.”
Next man up
It’s one of the most overused clichés, but it matters in football more than any other sport.
Gettis has seen several teammates along the offensive line go down to injury early on in training camp, giving him even more incentive to work hard and stay focused.
“You always have to be ready for the next man up,” Gettis said. “Any guy could go down, so you’re one or two plays away at all times, so you just gotta be ready to go.”
Technical mumbo jumbo
Gettis said his development as an offensive lineman in the NFL is not really about developing his footwork or picking up blitzes.
It’s about developing his football vision and not giving up the play before it even begins.
“I’m working on my first step, my hand vision,” he said. “But I’m also working on where I keep my eyes. A lot of things depend on where you keep your eyes.”
‘He’s a good roommate’
The Redskins Blog already announced that Gettis was rooming with fellow offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus for training camp.
LeRibeus said Gettis was an ideal roommate and reported no problems.
The feeling is mutual, Gettis said Monday.
“We’re in the playbook pretty much the two hours that we have off (from practice),” Gettis said. “We’re sitting there in the playbook, so for the last 10 minutes we might watch the Olympics. He’s a good roommate.”
Speaking of Olympics…
Like many football players, Gettis also participated in track and field while in high school.
But Gettis wasn’t just some jock tossing around the discus as something to do in the offseason — he placed second in the Illinois state meet in shot put in 2005.
Gettis said he watches the same events in the Olympics every four years with a close eye.
“I am waiting for the shot put and the discus to come up — I think it’s next week,” said Gettis, whose best shot put throw was an impressive 61 feet, 8 inches.
Check out this youngster from Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfort, Ill.:
“That’s junior year of high school, playing offensive tackle,” Gettis said when I showed him the photo. “I forgot which camp it was, but it was fun. It was a good time and it brings back a lot of memories.”
As previously mentioned, Rivals.com rated Gettis as two-star recruit, and he was listed as a weakside defensive end.
Gettis said he primarily got recruited as a defensive end by Mid-American Conference schools like Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois, but he chose Iowa because they thought Gettis was a better fit on the offensive line.
“I played both sides of the ball in high school, but I was mainly an offensive tackle in high school, but once I got to college everybody recruited me as a D-end except Iowa,” Gettis said. “It really didn’t matter as long as I got on the field. That’s what really mattered.”
Five W’s and one H:
Who in your family cooks the best?
“My grandmother. Her greens and macaroni are the best.”
What is an interdepartmental studies major?
“It’s rec management, which means you can pretty much do anything out there. It’s a little bit of everything.”
When did you first play organized football?
“High school — freshman year.”
Where do you want to go on vacation next?
“Brazil. Never been out of the country and I haven’t been too many places, but it sounds like a pretty cool place.”
Why is your Twitter account protected?
“Never really thought about it. It’s just always been protected.”
How hungry are you right now (asked at noon)?
“Very — on the field and off the field.”
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