One of the new Redskins competing for a roster spot, tight end Billy Baber, grew up as a devoted Redskins fan. It's safe to say that earning a roster spot on the Redskins would be like landing a dream job.
"My favorites were Clint Didier and John Riggins," said Baber, a 6-4, 260-pound tight end/H-Back who played his college ball at the University of Virginia and still lives in the Charlottesville area in the town of Crozet, Va. "I remember having this little Redskin lamp when I was a kid."
Now in his third NFL season, Baber spent 2004 with Kansas City, San Diego and Tampa Bay. That means he played behind two of the NFL's top tight ends in Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.
Currently, Baber is listed as the backup tight end to Robert Royal. He is competing for a backup job with recent signees Brian Kozlowski and Robert Johnson. Kozlowski was with the team last season.
In Saturday's scrimmage at Baltimore, Baber and rookie quarterback Jason Campbell combined on a touchdown. That may help Baber's chances.
"In camp," says Baber, "what you want to do is show your coaches that you can play hard, and that you can play mistake-free. That's what it's all about."
His first Redskins training camp?
"It's pretty much like the others I've been in," he said. "In Kansas City, with Dick Vermeil, he's an old school coach, so his camps have a no-nonsense feel. It's the same way here with coach [Joe] Gibbs."