After spending the last season and a half on the Redskins' practice squad, Je'Ron Hamm now gets a chance to show how far he's come in his progression as a tight end.
It was a moment that took a year and a half of anticipation, but the wait ended up being well worth it.
Earlier this week, the Washington Redskins called up tight end Je'Ron Hamm from the practice squad.
Hamm, who was signed last September, was the only player to spend time on the Redskins' practice squad on each of the last two seasons.
But now, Hamm -- who got the call about his signing to the active-roster in the middle of a haircut -- will get an opportunity to show just how far he's come in the last two seasons.
"I was about to come up here with a half haircut, but they told me don't rush," Hamm said with a smile. "So I finished that, my girlfriend and daughter were there, and I just went in there smiling and I was like, 'They just called me and they told me they're going to activate me, so I'm about to head up there. They saw me, they were all happy; I'm happy for the opportunity, but definitely know that means more work. I need to keep grinding as if I'm trying to make it. It was a great moment, just happy that my hard work did pay off and that it didn't go unnoticed."
The 23-year-old Hamm, a 6-foot-3, 236-pound product of Louisiana-Monroe, appreciated his time on the practice squad.
Coming to the Redskins fresh off a college career as a prolific wide receiver, Hamm needed time honing his blocking skills from a position he had no prior experience at before a short stint on the New Orleans Saints' 2014 offseason roster.
"I feel good about it," Hamm said of his blocking. "I mean, I'm definitely not a 260 kind of guy, but I feel like I can get in in there and that the ball can be ran my way. I feel confident. [Tight ends coach] Wes [Phillips] has worked with me this last year and a half. So that's what it took – a year and a half – but it worked and I feel confident."
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After season-ending injuries to both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen, and with Jordan Reed dinged up during preseason, when Hamm got extensive action with the first- and second-team offenses.
While a busted blood vessel in his eye would sideline him for the second half of the preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, Hamm would go on to record three receptions for 46 yards during the preseason.
With Jordan Reed returning to health and the team electing to bring in veterans Derek Carrier and Anthony McCoy, Hamm was placed back onto the practice squad.
But with McCoy released this week to make room for Hamm, there are now just three tight ends on the roster -- all three of whom have created a close bond.
"With Derek even being a new guy this year, we've all formed a bond and now it's us three in the room, so we're all pretty cool now," Hamm said. "Derek just tells me his journey, how he was on a P-squad for however long he was, and J-Reed just gives me feedback on what I do in practice, tells me what I did good and what I can do differently. We're all proactive with each other and it's just great being in the room with those two guys."