Name: Cody Hoffman
Position: Wide Receiver
Draft Status: Undrafted Free Agent
Career Stats: (At BYU)
Although it isn’t unheard of for undrafted players to make the 53-man roster, it is a harder path. Cody Hoffman will have an uphill battle to make the Redskins roster in 2014, but Hoffman will definitely get a chance to earn his way onto the roster. Hoffman brings a skillset that the Redskins receiving corps currently lacks. At 6’4", Hoffman is a big bodied, possession type receiver, making him the type of taller receiver that head coach Jay Gruden has shown a tendency to prefer in the past.
If developed correctly, Hoffman could become a solid possession receiver and dangerous red-zone target for the Redskins. However, that development will not happen quickly, and if Hoffman wants to make the 53-man roster he will have to make an impact on special teams. Hoffman showed his ability in the return game while at BYU, and with both the Redskins punt and kickoff return positions wide open at the start of OTA’s this could be Hoffman’s best way to prove his worth. Last year rookie running back Chris Thompson showed flashes in the return game, and earned a spot on the 53-man roster largely because of that. If Hoffman can prove his value on special teams, he should make the roster to help improve a special teams unit in 2013 that was absolutely awful, and to give depth and versatility to the Redskins receiving corps.
Roster Bubble: Training Camp Player
He has a chance, but at the end of the day it will be extremely difficult for Cody Hoffman to make the final roster. The starters are set with Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and Andre Roberts. Leonard Hankerson’s recovery from major knee surgery will determine his spot, Aldrick Robinson and Santana Moss are also still in Washington, in addition to fifth round selection Ryan Grant who has gotten the coaching staff’s attention early. Hoffman will likely be a practice squad player in 2014, and given the time to develop, could eventually make his way onto the 53-man roster.