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Vernon Adams Gives Rookie Minicamp A Second Try With Redskins


The former Oregon Duck quarterback was given a tryout by the Redskins this weekend after leaving Seattle last week without a roster spot.

Among the new and notable faces trying out at Redskins rookie minicamp this weekend was quarterback Vernon Adams, the former Oregon Duck who threw for 2,634 yards and 26 touchdowns last season en route to finishing No. 19 in the nation.

After completing rookie minicamp with the Seahawks last weekend and leaving without a contract, Adams was granted another opportunity to compete for a roster spot by the Redskins, who lined him up next to sixth-round draft pick Nate Sudfeld and another tryout passer in Zach Oliver from Northwestern.

The offensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Game, Adams wasn't surprised he went undrafted based on his short, stocky build (he stands at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds), as well as his predominant position in the shotgun, but is content that he is gaining more experience under center, working to prove himself to anyone that will watch.

"There's always a chip on my shoulder, everybody's always doubting me, thinking I can't do it and don't believe in me," Adams said. "I just tell them 'put on the film.' I am a gamer, when it comes to the game it's a different story."

In the last week he's had to learn two different playbooks and travel to a different coast, though Saturday, after the second day of camp, he didn't seem to be fazed by it.

"It's not a challenge at all," he said. "You just have to put your mind to it and you have to really work for it. It depends on how bad you want it off the field. Not only here in the facility, but off the field, going home and looking over the playbook or whatever the case may be."

Experiencing Seattle's rookie minicamp last week prepared him for this weekend, and he admitted that both playbooks shared some of the same terminologies.

"It helped a lot," he said. "I got use to calling plays in the huddle and just going under center, right under center so that helped a lot."

The Washington Redskins offense held their second rookie minicamp practice of 2016 on May 14, 2016, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

"Vernon did a good job," head coach Jay Gruden said. "He came in and picked up rather quickly. You know, he's another shotgun-type guy and not used to being under center. But I thought he handled it very well. Did a nice job and threw some good balls."

Adams is realistic though. He knows the Redskins in particular are probably set at the quarterback position with Cousins, McCoy and, in all likelihood, sixth-round pick Nate Sudfeld. His next opportunity may have to be in the Canadian Football League.

He cited Warren Moon and Doug Flutie as examples of players that took that route to begin their professional careers, something he's ready to try if he needs to.

"Like I said, it's all about chance," Adams said. "Wherever I end up is where I am supposed to be, and I'm going to keep working and hopefully get higher and higher into the NFL or something."




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