Redskins rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden tested positive for coronavirus in March
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Redskins rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden tested positive for coronavirus in March

By Tommy Fradenburg

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See @tommyfradenburg

On the day NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell allowed teams to return to their practice facilities in a limited capacity; Washington Redskins rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24.

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“During my pre-draft training, I tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24,” he said in a statement released on Wednesday. “My symptoms thankfully were mild, but I self-quarantined for two weeks and followed all guidelines from health experts.”

“I feel 100% now and can’t wait to get on the field for the Redskins ASAP!”

The Redskins are one of a few NFL teams that reopened its doors to players rehabbing from injuries and their trainers; a move approved in a memo released by Goodell. Gandy-Golden is the only known person to test positive for the virus to date.

Getting to Know AGG

The Washington Redskins selected Gandy-Golden in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL virtual draft out of Liberty.

After a limited role as a freshman, he broke onto the scene as a sophomore in 2017; becoming the seventh wide receiver in school history to record a 1,000-yard season and leading the Big South with 10 touchdown catches. He repeated the feat in his junior and senior campaigns as well; earning the distinction as the only player to post three straight 1,000-yard seasons.

In a game during his junior season against New Mexico he exploded for 245 yards; record setting performance for the program highlighted by a 50-yard touchdown.

He grew six inches over the course of his college career on the way to becoming the eighth player drafted from Liberty; but almost transferred from the school after his junior year.

Then-head coach Turner Gill stepped down from his position, and AGG had flashed Power Five talent. But the Flames hired Hugh Freeze, who coached big time pass catchers Evan Engram and D.K. Metcalf during his time at Ole Miss; a move that enticed Gandy-Golden to remain in Lynchburg, Virginia.

He finished his career with a career-high 1,396 yards; averaging 17.7 yards per reception before getting drafted with the 142nd overall pick.

How He Fits

Gandy-Golden joins a receiving corps without a single 1,000-yard receiver in 2019; but did have a breakout star in rookie Terry McLaurin. McLaurin caught 58 passes for 919 yards and seven scores in his first season.

McLaurin was one of the few bright spots on a team that finished 3-13 last year; and AGG should add a spark to an otherwise beleaguered offense. It remains to be seen who is going to sling him the ball; as Kyle Allen and Dwayne Haskins are likely to battle for the right to start at quarterback once the season begins.

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There is other new blood in the nation’s capital as well; as the Washington hired former Carolina Panthers head coach earlier this off season to replace Jay Gruden. They also brought in former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio to serve as the team’s defensive coordinator.

Headlining the changes in the Redskins camp is their first round draft prize; as they selected Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Young out of Ohio State University.

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