When the Washington Football Team began training camp last month, the name of cornerback Torry McTyer likely didn’t ring a bell for most fans. A former undrafted free agent in 2017, McTyer signed a reserve/futures contract with the Football Team back in January.
Now, less than two weeks into training camp, McTyer is having a good summer and he certainly has the attention of head coach Ron Rivera.
After Washington’s open practice at FedEx Field on Friday, Rivera spoke to the media and said the following, per Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic.
Ron Rivera on McTyer is somebody “we’ve all talked about and he has our attention.” Has been able to stick with WRs. Coaches are interested in seeing what he does against the Patriots
— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 7, 2021
McTyer, 26, played collegiately at UNLV before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2017. He would spend two years with Miami before he was released. From there, McTyer spent time with Kansas City and Cincinnati Bengals before coming to Washington.
Now, the young journeyman has a legitimate shot to win a spot on Washington’s roster.
The first five spots are filled. Kendall Fuller, William Jackson III, Benjamin St-Juste, Bobby McCain and Jimmy Moreland all appear to be in good shape. Now, the biggest question facing Washington is will it keep five or six corners?
Competing against McTyer for that No. 5 corner spot is Darryl Roberts, Greg Stroman, Danny Johnson, Cole Luke, Troy Apke and Jordan Brown. Johnson also returns kicks, potentially helping his chances for a roster spot. McCain can play safety or corner. Apke has moved over to corner after struggling at safety and appears much more comfortable. He’s also had a solid camp this summer.
Washington will keep at least 10 defensive backs, perhaps 11. The players who are versatile, such as McCain, appeal to Rivera.
Should Washington hold onto players like Stroman and Johnson, who haven’t contributed alot outside of special teams, or go with a corner who has a higher upside?
The biggest test for McTyer will be the preseason games. If he plays well, after a strong camp, it will be difficult for Washington to part with McTyer.
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