Addition of Sam Irwin-Hill quietly raises eyebrows
While the Washington Redskins are looking for the best way to sign free agents at bargain prices, one move has seem to go under the radar with fans. Punter Sam Irwin-Hill was signed by the Redskins on March 16th with the terms not being disclosed.
Irwin-Hill is an Aussie, like former Redskins Punter Sav Rocca, that played his college ball at the University of Arkansas. Sam attended the Indianapolis Colts minicamp on a tryout basis in 2015 and 2016 with no luck in signing on with them.
In 2017, Irwin-Hill was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, but was eventually waived at the end of the preseason.
You might be thinking to yourself, “wait, don’t the Redskins have Tress Way already on the roster?” You would be correct. Way, who was signed by the Redskins in 2014, is still on the roster and is signed through 2020. The Redskins can cut Way this preseason and have it be a minimal cap hit.
The only reason a team brings in a punter when you have one on the roster already, is that you believe they have lost their effectiveness. By all accounts, this could just be a move to bring in competition to light a fire under Way.
Way had a career high in punts (83), yards (3,794), net yards (3,239) and punts inside the 20 yard line (33) in 2017.
With those numbers, you would think his job is safe going into 2018. The coaches must be seeing something different on film. There will be plenty of position battles to be watching in the coming weeks and months. But, this is one that could quietly improve the Redskins special teams.