Part of what appears to be a revamped defensive line, Kendall Reyes hopes he can make an impact for the Redskins in 2016 and re-claim some of the success he had early in his career.
Kendall Reyes wants to leave his mark in 2016.
Signed to a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins this season, Reyes is coming off a four-year run with the San Diego Chargers in which his stats varied.
During his first two seasons, Reyes totaled 10.5 sacks including his first two on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
In the last two seasons, though, despite 31 starts, Reyes has just three sacks.
"I'm definitely trying to prove myself in this league," Reyes told ESPN980 earlier this week. "I've had some pretty good success early on and it's been a little different these past couple years, but I mean I know what type of player I am and I'm just excited for this opportunity to just go out and prove myself and help the team win some ball games."
Reyes signs with the Redskins at a time in which the defensive line is being revamped.
Jason Hatcher was released March 7, while Frank Kearse and Terrance Knighton are bound for the New England Patriots.
While Reyes will be experiencing a change of scenery in Washington, he's got a slight leg up in his transition thanks to a prior relationship with Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
Barry was the Chargers' linebackers coach from 2011-14, overlapping with Reyes for three seasons.
"From what I've seen so far, it's very similar," Reyes said of the defensive schemes between San Diego and Washington. "I went into the meeting rooms and it's almost the same, pretty much, so I'm excited that I do know most of the defense. Obviously there's nuances with every team, but I am very familiar with a lot of the defense already."
Reyes believes his flexibility could mesh well with what the Redskins want to do, too.
The Washington Redskins announced on Friday, March 11, 2016, the signing of free agent defensive lineman Kendall Reyes. Here's a gallery of photos from his career.
"I'll probably be playing is the three- and the five-technique, I'm very familiar with that," Reyes said. "But the thing I love about this defense is that it can change and it's a very hard defense for offenses to read because there's lots of changes and I just love being part of defenses like that."
Reyes also joins a team coming off an NFC East title, its second in four seasons. It is a contrast to what he experienced in San Diego last season when the Chargers went just 4-12.
In Washington, he joins a youthful team building towards a promising future.
"There's a certain toughness that this team has and I just love that about this team," Reyes said. "Obviously they have tons of great players here. Kirk Cousins, he's an awesome player, I was really excited to see him do very well this year and to see them make the playoffs, and hopefully I can be a part of helping this team take it a little bit further."