Sammis Reyes says goodbye to Washington

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The Washington Commanders placed tight end Sammis Reyes on injured reserve last week. This week, the Commanders reached an injury settlement with Reyes and released him.

On Thursday, Reyes said goodbye to Washington on his Instagram account.

THANK YOU WASHINGTON COMMANDERS for the amazing opportunity to represent the organization. I will forever be grateful for the incredible support I received from my coaches, my teammates and the fan base here in the DMV. Thank you

Some fans may see Reyes as just another player who was cut ahead of the season. He wasn’t. Reyes was a unique case. Remember, Washington signed Reyes last spring after he worked out at the University of Florida pro day and was enrolled in the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program.

Reyes had never taken a snap in football before he signed with Washington. While his first NFL season was filled with ups and downs, Reyes’ effort and physicality as a blocker stood out at times.

Unfortunately for him, he was still developing, and the Commanders didn’t have the room to continue to develop him. And after drafting Cole Turner in the fifth round and signing Armani Rogers as an undrafted free agent, Washington found two young players who can help in 2022 behind Logan Thomas and John Bates.

Reyes may or may not land in another NFL city. But considering his lack of football experience, he came a long way.

Story originally appeared on Commanders Wire