Washington Heads to the Desert

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In the immediate aftermath of April’s NFL Draft, Jerome Washington ’12 signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent. He reports to their mandatory rookie mini camp tomorrow.

In anticipation of his arrival, the Cards’ SB Nation blog, Revenge of the Birds, profiled the former Bear.


The Arizona Cardinals brought in 12 undrafted free agents following the 2019 NFL Draft. While they’ll have additional players in as tryout players, there are 12 they offered money to and signed.

Rutgers tight end Jerome Washington (6-3, 241 lbs) played in 19 games (15 starts) in his two seasons with the Scarlet Knights after transferring from the University of Miami. While at Rutgers, Washington had 39 receptions for 484 yards and one touchdown over the past two years and was named to the 2018 preseason John Mackey Award watch list for the nation’s top tight end. An Elizabeth, NJ native, Washington played in nine games at Miami in 2015 after beginning his college career at Mercer Community College.

Washington is a promising prospect who has battled through injuries in his two seasons with the Rutgers program. Durability is a looming question and medicals will have a large influence on his status. On the field, Washington projects as a TE2 in the immediate timeframe thanks to his gifts as a blocker. There is developmental upside and athleticism to become a long-term starter under a patient staff.


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