By Adam Aniba
As training camp kicks off Washington added a new receiver to the mix. New OC Eric Bieniemy brought in a familiar face with his former receiver Byron Pringle.
Last season was a down year statiscally for Pringle (11 games-10 rec for 125 yards 3 TDs 12.5 ypc) in his only season in Chicago. During his three seasons in Kansas City from 2019-2021, Pringle recorded 898 receiving yards and 7 TDs with a 13.4 yards per reception average.
Pringle has displayed suddenness and aggressiveness this summer. He has a legit shot to seize the last receiver spot on the roster and should be familiar with some of the play calling/verbiage from Bieniemy.
The former Chiefs receiver sparked ovations from fans during an open practice session this week. His ability to fend of press coverage and be physically was evident.
Although Pringle has impressed coaches with his route running and ability to haul in tough receptions, competing with the returners will be his best shot to make the final 53-man roster.
At 6'1" 203 pounds Pringle offers adequate size. During his three seasons in Kansas City Pringle recorded 37 kick returns for 986 yards and 1 TD. His lone touchdown return went for 102 yards and he finished his career in Kansas City with a 26.6 yard per kick return average.
Pringle does come with some baggage though. On April 23, 2022 he was arrested for reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.
Fans are all too familiar with players dealing with reckless driving charges, as linebacker Jamin Davis is facing possible jail time for the same offense.
Competition will be stiff with what looks to be one or possibly two receiver spots up for grabs. Coaches like what they have in UDFA receiver Kazmeir Allen (Scouting Report), who also has a background as a returner during his time at UCLA, but is much smaller at 5'7" 176 lbs.
Both Pringle and Allen offer the ability to serve as the primary kick & punt returner for the Commandes. Although it's possible that Dax Milne makes the roster as their primary returner, that would be a lateral move considering his shortcomings on special teams.
This might not be a frequently talked about training camp battle, but it's imperative that Washington finds their returner of the future.