Former Penn State defensive back Troy Apke was resigned by the Washington Commanders to a one-year deal on Monday. Apke appeared in all 17 games this past season with the Commanders, who he has spent his entire four-year career with.
Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the defensive back from Mt. Lebanon has seen most of his playing time in the NFL come on special teams. In 2020 he earned the starting free safety spot over former Pittsburgh Steeler Sean Davis in training camp, but lost his starting role in week five. Last year, the Commanders moved him to cornerback which made him the first white cornerback in the NFL since Jason Sehorn retired with the Rams following the 2003 NFL season.
Apke has appeared in 50 games in his NFL career and has gotten 9 starts on defense. He has 68 career tackles and a lone interception that came in 2019.
While at Penn State, Apke was a key part of the defensive unit that helped lead Penn State to a B1G title in 2016. His best year though in college was his senior season in 2017 when he had a career high in tackles (55), pass deflections (6) and tackles-for-loss (3).