While special teams is often the proving grounds for a lot of younger players, some of which secured a roster spot without even being drafted, for the Washington Redskins, things are seen a little bit differently.
After re-signing veteran defensive lineman
Bruton Jr., an eight-year veteran, was one of the Broncos’ team captains the last three seasons and was a Pro Bowl alternate during the 2012 season as a special teamer for the AFC.
The Notre Dame product has also blocked two punts during his career and even recorded a 35-yard fake punt run in 2013.
“Like I did last year, and I’m going to keep trying to do, especially in free agency, is bring guys from organizations that have won in defenses that have been very strong, very powerful – and offense, too – but it’s just bringing guys in that have seen it,” McCloughan told "Redskins Nation" host Larry Michael on Sunday at the NFL Owners Meetings. “They know what it looks like. They know how to practice, they know how to take notes, they know how to lift weights – they understand, ‘This is what we have to do to be successful.’
For Garvin, undrafted out of West Virginia, he’s made his living on special teams.
In his three seasons with the Steelers, Garvin led the team with 33 special teams tackles (26 solo).
Last season, the Redskins finished ninth in kickoff return average (25 yards per return) and tied for the most kickoff return touchdowns while
But as the Redskins move forward seeking improvement in the process, McCloughan wants to make sure the special teams unit has a positive impact on the 2016 season.
“Yeah, with Garvin and, no doubt about it, with Bruton, no doubt about it, that’s very important to me,” McCloughan said of their special teams experience. “I expect them to fight for a starting job and the competition will play itself out to see who gets a job, but they have to add a value to this team.”