Maryland Football: AJ Francis resigned by the Redskins

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 13: Defensive tackle A.J. Francis
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 13: Defensive tackle A.J. Francis /

Former Maryland Defensive Lineman AJ Francis was resigned by the Washington Redskins to their practice squad.

This move was made after the Redskins announced that 2017 first-round pick Jonathan Allen would miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury. Allen had accumulated 10 tackles and a sack in just four games as a rookie.

During the 2017 preseason, Francis played for the Redskins, and finished with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery in four games. His performance left him just short of the 53-man roster, and without a team to play for so far this season.

After going undrafted in 2013, Francis landed with the Miami Dolphins, but did not stick on an NFL roster until 2015. Back in Miami after a reserve/future contract was signed, Francis would play in his only three NFL game during the 2015 season. He played a total of 28 snaps and ended up with two tackles in those games combined.

Francis was a part of the transition period between former coaches Ralph Friedgen and Randy Edsall. In his sophomore season, Francis would play in the Military Bowl, which was the only postseason appearance he made. Statistically, Francis never had less than 31 tackles in a season, and racked up 9.5 career sacks.

With the free time this fall, Francis released a hip-hop album titled O.T.A. on September 8th. One of the tracks on this album titled “Olympic Gold” had a music video filmed at Maryland Stadium.

Francis has also spent time with his K-12 youth program Francis SportsTheir mission is to “plan to provide quality sports training, and consulting all while building foundations for athletes of all skill levels”.