Redskins Bring in Troutman
Byline: Jody Foldesy, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Washington Redskins have invited University of Pittsburgh basketball standout Chevon Troutman to try out at the three-day rookie minicamp that starts today at Redskin Park.
Troutman, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound power forward, is attempting to become the next Antonio Gates, who blossomed as a San Diego Chargers tight end after a superb basketball career at Kent State. Gates, who signed with San Diego as an undrafted rookie in 2003, caught 81 passes last year and was voted to the Pro Bowl.
Troutman averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Panthers last season and still prefers to pursue an NBA career. But tight end-sized basketball players are in vogue these days - the Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed Mercer's Wesley Duke - and the Redskins are eager to test the model.
Washington is impressed with Troutman's hands and work ethic, but the club realizes he's very raw and would need at least a year to make the transition from basketball. He last played football at Williamsport (Pa. …