The Mason/Brennan Preseason Hype! Award has been given out unofficially by the fans for years to each preseason’s most hyped players, but now we’ve made it official, and will bring it to a vote.
This year, without pre-season games, things will be a little different. This week’s vote will cover the hype including the couple of weeks of training camp. Place your vote for who you feel has been the most hyped player up to this point, whether the hype is deserved or not.
1. Player must have been drafted late (6th or 7th round) or signed by the Washington Football Team as an undrafted free agent. Players that have only been on other teams practice squads that are signed by the team are also eligible.
2. A player that has been on the team for several years is still eligible if most of that time has been spent on the practice squad, inactive, or with very limited productivity/time
How have past Mason/Brennan winners done in pro football after receiving this glorious award?
With one of the early Mason/Brennan winners, tight end Thad Moss, already waived with an injury designation, things are already getting interesting.
S, Kamren Curl
The WFT 7th round pick out of Arkansas has been fairly quiet this pre-season, and from his Twitter activity, seems to be spending at least as much time “vaccine truthing” as he is practicing football. If he wants to contend for the M/B Award (and have a chance of making this pro football team), he would do well to set down his smart phone and get some more quality time in with the Jugs machine instead.
After S Kamren Curl dropped a pick, DB coach Chris Harris yelled you him “do you not like nice things!” (Have to admit some of us thought he said “do u not like ice cream.” Thought: oh ice cream is a reward for picks. Alas, “nice things”.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 20, 2020
Two kinds of morning people. We appreciate them both pic.twitter.com/oOijJb94fY— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 6, 2020
DE, James Smith-Williams
Another 2020 7th round pick, Smith-Williams got some early mentions in training camp as interesting defensive line depth. He’s got some of the toughest competition on the team, however, in the form of Chase Young, Montez Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan, Tim Settle, Nate Orchard, Jordan Brailford, and Ryan Bee.
We’re back out here in Ashburn early, it’s raining but that didn’t stop James Smith-Williams from being the first player out of the building ... again— Mitchell Tischler (@Mitch_Tischler) August 22, 2020
He’s quickly turned into the odds on favorite, I don’t know that I’d bet against him at this point #WFT
WR, Isaiah Wright
In a year where the WFT picked up very few UDFAs after the draft, Wright, the dynamic return man/WR out of Temple, was an acquisition that created some serious buzz (for an UDFA). In the past week, he’s received special recognition from Coach Rivera and several of the beat reporters. Could he be the one UDFA who sticks?
Rivera named Isaiah Wright as a guy who has caught some people's attention during camp. He also listed AGG and Trey Quinn as two players who have done some good things in the last three days.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 20, 2020
He's not included in here, but keep an eye on undrafted rookie WR Isaiah Wright. Special teams standout with offensive upside. https://t.co/6Hhe71wqJB— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 18, 2020
CB, Greg Stroman
Stroman, out of Virginia Tech, was taken in the 7th round of the 2018 draft by the WFT. His inclusion on this list may be considered marginal by some, as he played in 15 games and started 3 during his rookie season. However, he only played in 1 game in 2019, and was placed on IR very early in the season. This could be a make or break year for Stroman.
Greg Stroman with the pick in practice. Plays like that will go a long way toward the 5th and 6th CB spots. https://t.co/JFVDdfEdnu— Ian Cummings (@ian_cummings_9) August 17, 2020
CB Greg Stroman has made a case for himself to make Washington's 55-man roster https://t.co/5TNto7rbH7— Washington Wire (@Washington_Wire) August 22, 2020
CB Greg Stroman has really come on as of late. Two interceptions in as many practices, and he had another before the media were allowed to watch. Washington needs CB depth, and Stroman is making his case.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 22, 2020
TE, Marcus Baugh
Baugh, one of Dwayne Haskins’ teammates at Ohio State, was picked up as an UDFA after the 2018 draft by the Raiders. He was waived before that season began. He spent some time in the Alliance of American Football before being signed by the Carolina Panthers later in 2019. He was put on IR before the 2019 season and waived in February 2020. Thus far, Baugh seems to be turning some heads in pre-season.
Washington always has two tight ends join quarterbacks and receivers during throwing drills. So far they’ve been Logan Thomas and Marcus Baugh. pic.twitter.com/rfoJlsd9Mb— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 22, 2020
It looks like TE Marcus Baugh has a legitimate shot at making the Washington Football Team's roster.https://t.co/NPSAGiG6OV— Riggo's Rag (@RiggosRag) August 22, 2020
WR, Cam Sims
Picked up by the WFT as an UDFA after the 2018 draft, Sims is verging on a perennial M/B candidate at this point. Sims has 2 receptions for 27 yards in his two years on the team, and he has spent most of his time with the WFT either on IR or the practice squad. He’s the beneficiary of injuries and legal trouble among the WR corps this year, but will that be enough for him to stick?
Rivera is asked about which receivers have stood out beyond the obvious. Ticked off most of them but started with Cam Sims and Isaiah Wright.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 20, 2020
OT, Timon Parris
Parris was taken by the WFT as an UDFA after the 2018 draft. He was on the WFT practice squad for nearly all of 2018, playing just one game for the team that year. He spent most of 2019 on the practice squad, but was elevated to the 53-man roster late in the season to avoid being poached by the Colts. Given the WFT’s thin manpower at tackle, there may never be a better opportunity for Parris to make an NFL roster.
Ryan Anderson is back at practice after missing yesterday. Here he is in a one on one against Timon Parris pic.twitter.com/iUttzgzetC— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 19, 2020
1s out. Cornelius Lucas at LT, Wes Martin at LG, Timon Parris at RT, Troy Apke at FS— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 20, 2020
A look into Timon Parris, Redskins OT. This is an ongoing thread where I'll post supercuts of the good and the bad that I see while watching him. So clips will post after I watch each preseason game from last year.— Robbie Duncan (@RobbieDuncanOL) April 29, 2020
DE, Jordan Brailford (late addition)
Brailford, the 2018 BIG 12 sack leader out of Oklahoma State, was a 7th round pick of the WFT in the 2019 draft. He spent the 2019 season for the WFT on injured reserve. Brailford is in a very crowded defensive line room, but his performance so far this pre-season (albeit often against second and third stringers) has gotten some notice.
DE Jordan Brailford flashed a little again at times today. Got around Cornelius Lucas on a speed rush. But on the next play, Brailford tried a spin move; Lucas stopped him.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 20, 2020
Another solid day for 2019 seventh-round DE Jordan Brailford. He blew up a pitch play for a would-be loss against the second team and then spun past an third-team O-lineman.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 19, 2020
*One guy who looked quick off the edge at times was Jordan Brailford. Please note: He was working vs. second and third teamers. But it's the first time we've really gotten a chance to see him. Curious to see more.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 18, 2020
*: tweet intended for non over-reaction purposes only.
At this point, who is your Mason/Brennan frontrunner?
This poll is closed
Kamren Curl, S
James Smith-Williams, DE
Isaiah Wright, WR
Greg Stroman, CB
Marcus Baugh, TE
Cam Sims, WR
Timon Parris, OT
Jordan Brailford, DE