RICHMOND, Va. - With Junior Gallette enduring yet another season ending injury, the Redskins have a void to fill at outside linebacker. They've taken a different approach to finding a replacement, opting to promote internally, instead of a free-agency splash.
"Injuries are a part of the game, we have to rebound, we still have Ryan Kerrigan, we still have Preston Smith, Lynden Trail" says head coach Jay Gruden.
The opportunity for a fresh face to step in and fill a role assigned to a veteran has Trail eyeing the prize. "Gruden came up to me and told me he needs somebody that can pass rush, preferably somebody who's long," Trail said.
That fits the bill of Trail--all 6-foot-7, 270 pounds of the former Norfolk State Spartan. Whether it's on special teams or on defense, he's focused on contributing in the role assigned to him.
"I play a position, that you need production from, so that's something I'm working on. It's up to me to get out here and work on pass rush moves in, and show them what I got, I have to produce at the end of the day," said Trail.
Stability isn't in his vocabulary, but a big showing in the first few days of camp, can go a long way towards job security.