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Redskins’ Signees Prepare For First Practice

Inside linebacker Josh Hull, long snapper Kyle Nelson and free safety Trenton Robinson all joined the Redskins for practice on Wednesday with an eye on improving the special teams units.

BY ZAC BOYER

ASHBURN – Josh Hull sat on a stool in front of his locker and flexed his new black Nike cleats, trying to break them in a bit before putting them on for the first time.

It had been a chaotic 48 hours for the inside linebacker, who flew from a workout with the Seahawks on Monday to be at Redskins Park to sign a contract on Tuesday. Now with a job after seven weeks of workouts and waiting, Hull was able to relax on Wednesday.

“It’s quick, man,” Hull said. “It’s a whirlwind, for sure.”

Hull was one of three players who signed with the Redskins on Tuesday, all of whom will be expected to contribute heavily on special teams. The team also signed safety Trenton Robinson, who was released from the Eagles’ practice squad last week, and long snapper Kyle Nelson, a friend of Nick Sundberg’s who was in training camp with the Seahawks.

The special teams units could use the help. Ranking in the bottom of several statistical categories, the Redskins also allowed a 90-yard kickoff return and an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 31-16 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

“I feel like I can help a lot,” Robinson said. “I feel like I can run down there. I play with enthusiasm and speed and heart, so I feel like I can go down there and have an impact immediately whenever they decide they want to put me in there.”

The Redskins made room for the three by placing Sundberg and inside linebacker Bryan Kehl on injured reserve and by waiving free safety Jordan Pugh.

It’s the second consecutive year in which the Redskins have lost their long snapper during the season. Last year, Sundberg broke his left arm in the opener against the Saints and missed the next eight weeks.

Nelson, who has worked out with Sundberg in the offseason and suggested that the connection played a role in his signing, didn’t get the job last year despite trying out. This time was different.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Nelson said. “First of all, I felt bad for Nick because of what happened and stuff, and you know, he’s going to come out of the surgery fine. He’ll be fine. So, I’m just gonna do what I can and do whatever they ask me to do.”

Hull originally worked out for the Redskins two weeks ago, giving him a first look at the opportunities with the team. As he started to settle in, the former Rams special-teamer is ready to play football again.

“There’s a bunch of good guys around here,” Hull said. “The staff seems like they’re excited. I’m looking forward to getting back on the winning track. The guys have welcomed me with open arms. I’m excited to get to work today.”

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