Getting To Know - Casey Bramlet
I am going to preface this by saying that I am just connecting some dots here. But, with Mark Brunell completing his new contract done as expected, I anticipate Todd Collins expressing an interest to be somewhere else, where he can possibly be more than a No. 3 QB. Which gives me the feeling Casey Bramlet will be the Skins' Sage Rosenfels/Tim Hasselbeck/Babe Laufenberg for 2007.
Bramlet, 25, is back in his second offseason with the team - he was cut last year - and I would not be surprised at all if he's the dude holding the clipboard this season. So, who is Casey Bramlet you may ask? Well, gathered some info on him the last few days - shout out to his agent, Ryan Tollner, a good guy, for filling in some blanks - and figured I'd share it with you guys.
Casey was a stud high school QB and hoops star in rural Wyoming, shattered a whole bunch of passing records and went on to the U of Wyoming and did the same dang thing there.(His little bro, Corey, backed him up his last two years of college and Corey, who was in Pats camp last season, will be playing in NFL Europe this spring, as well Casey).
The Bengals took Casey in the seventh round in 2004. He was their third QB, went to NFL Europe in the offseason and was among Cincy's final cuts in 05. Casey went back to Wyoming after that, working out and helping his bro in his senior season of college. The Skins signed him for the 06 offseason, and according to what I have heard, Al Saunders saw some potential there.
They liked his size (6-4, 220), arm strength and athleticism. Sure, he's really raw, and is a project, but he has some ability. But once Todd Collins was signed it was pretty obvious there were no jobs here, and very few training camp snaps, either. So, after his release, Casey worked out in Denver and trained young QBs. The Redskins re-signed him a little while back and he has been allocated back to Hamburg in NFL Europa (yeah, they actually changed the name of the league ... again. WLAF, anybody?).
If Collins leaves - creating another $1 million or so in cap space in the process - and Bramlet steps up in Europe, he might get a shot to stick around. He showed a solid grasp of the system last year, from what I am told, and will have to work on his accuracy, poise, etc., as many young QBs do. But it just could be that the Skins will have two kid passers around this season, and just one vet.
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