THN will be profiling over a dozen players in the weeks leading up to the Washington Redskins 2005 Training Camp. Up next in the previews is offseason UFA pick-up, wide receiver Kevin Dyson.
Number: 18 Position: WR Height: 6'2" Weight. 212 School: University of Utah Major: - Hometown: Logan, Utah Birthday: 06/23/1975
How Acquired: Dyson was signed by the Redskins as an unrestricted free agent on June 6th, 2005.
Professional Career: Dyson was selected by the Tennessee Titans (then known as the Tennessee Oilers) in the 1st round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He is best known for being the recipient of Frank Wycheck’s lateral in the waning seconds of the 1999 AFC Wild Card game versus the Buffalo Bills. That play, which resulted in a 75-yard touchdown, will forever be remembered as the “Music City Miracle”.
Dyson also caught the potentially game-winning pass from Steve McNair in Super Bowl XXXIV. Dyson ended up one yard shy of the endzone after being wrapped up by Rams linebacker Mike Jones with as time expired.
Dyson played with Tennessee until 2002. During his 5 seasons in Tennessee, he totaled 176 catches, 2,310 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns. While in Tennessee, Kevin also played with his brother, Andre, who is now a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks.
He went on to sign with the Carolina Panthers prior to the 2003 season. He appeared in his second Super Bowl with Carolina against the New England Patriots. Due to a torn Achilles suffered during mini-camp, he only caught two passes during the regular season.
After the Panthers decided not to re-sign Dyson following the 2003 season, he went on to sign with the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers released the 6-year veteran prior to the start of the 2004 season though and he did not play at all in 2004.
Collegiate Career: From 1994-1997, Kevin was a three-year starter for the Utes. He holds Utah’s all-time reception record (192), is second with 2,726 receiving yards, and ranks fourth with 18 touchdown receptions. Dyson was redshirted as a true freshman in 1993. He was a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection and was Utah’s offensive MVP during his junior season in 1996.
High School Career: Dyson was an all-state selection at defensive back and also played receiver for Clearfield High School in Clearfield, Utah. He also earned all-area and honorable mention all state as a basketball player for the Falcons.
Outlook: Dyson is a talented and speedy receiver who has been plagued by injuries. He has only played in one game since the end of the 2002 season. He hopes to catch on with the Redskins; a position that already has a full stable of talented players. Dyson will have to battle the likes of Santana Moss, David Patten, Darnerien McCants, Taylor Jacobs, and James Thrash in training camp in order to make the squad.
If his health holds up, Dyson’s hopes may be realized, and the veteran receiver may find himself a home in Washington.