When the Washington football team drafted Liberty wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the team saw him as someone who could start alongside the breakout star. Terry McLaurin.
Unfortunately for Gandy-Golden, injuries got the better of him in 2020. He missed 10 games in his rookie year and only caught one pass for three yards.
Now, just a year after being drafted, he’s battling for a spot to stay on the 53-man roster.
Since Gandy-Golden’s writing, the Broad Reception Hall in Washington has undergone a massive upgrade.
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Cam Sims and Steven Sims each had breakthrough years in 2020 while Gandy-Golden was on the sidelines. In free agency, the team signed veterans Curtis Samuel from the Carolina Panthers and Adam Humphries from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Then the team drafted Dyami Brown of North Carolina in the third round and Dax Milne of BYU in the seventh round of the draft.
It’s customary for a team to carry around five or six receivers on the 53-player roster, and once you add a roster lock in McLaurin, that further muddies the situation and decreases Gandy-Golden’s chances of making it. part of the team.
Gandy-Golden is currently in the third team on The WFT depth map.
However, the second-year spread played well in the team’s second preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, leading the team in receiving yards.
Gandy-Golden caught his three targets for 37 yards, a best team total.
He also had a crucial two-point conversion to extend the lead to seven in the fourth quarter.
The two-point conversion proved why he was drafted by the team in the first place. His solid 6’4 “frame creates a gap with so many defensive backs and he’s the kind of guy you can throw the ball to and he’ll find a way to get it.
No other receiver on the roster is bigger than Gandy-Golden, with the exception of Cam Sims, who is probably his main contender for the final spot on the roster. Sims was cut before the regular season last year, but was brought back during the season and played a key role in the team’s playoff game, capturing seven assists for a high of 104 yards.
The decision between Gandy-Golden and Sims will likely be one of the last decisions the team will make before finalizing the roster, as the two are neck and neck. But if Gandy-Golden can continue to train and play like he did last night, it’s going to be very difficult for the team not to cut him.
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