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Breeland says Redskins will miss Jarrett, but it's next man up vs Rodgers


Breeland says Redskins will miss Jarrett, but it's next man up vs Rodgers

The Redskins took a blow last week in a big win over Dallas as rookie defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett injured his shoulder and landed on the injured reserve. This week, the Washington defense will take on arguably the NFL's best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers without Jarrett, a player that was emerging as an important player for the 'Skins defense, especially in the nickel package.

Bashaud Breeland, the team's No. 1 cornerback, talked Wednesday about what it means for the team to lose Jarrett.

"It's tough," Breeland said. "He’s going to be missed, but like every injury we’ve had this year, it's next man up."


That next man up looks like a combination of Quinton Dunbar, another rookie who came to Redskins camp as a receiver, and veteran Cary Williams, who was signed on Tuesday. Williams is a veteran with playoff experience - he started at corner during the Ravens 2012 Super Bowl run - and Jay Gruden hinted that Williams could see significant snaps on Sunday vs Green Bay.

"He's a very confident corner, played a lot of ball," Gruden said of Williams. "We have confidence that he can pick this system up and contribute."

To a man, the guys in the Redskins locker room refused to act like losing Jarrett was a blow they could not handle.

"Whoever is on the field, we're gonna rally together," Breeland said. 

As for the opponent, Rodgers presents a unique set of problems. The Packers QB can move out of the pocket without losing his vision downfield, creating problems for defenses as plays start to break down and receivers improvise to get open.

"When [Rodgers] gets out of the pocket they’re turning up field," Breeland said of the Packers. "We’ve got to do a better job of latching on to our guys when he’s outside the pocket."

Rodgers is also a master at drawing the defense offside, only he doesn't just take the penalty, the two-time MVP winner tries to go deep and take advantage of the free play.

"He’s got the best voice inflection of anybody we’ve faced. He’s perfect at it," Breeland said of Rodgers drawing defenders offside. "You gotta watch the ball. You can preach it all week in practice, but you just gotta watch the ball."

Because of his ability to move in and out of the pocket, Rodgers extends plays. But this season more than others, that hasn't always been a good thing. Rodgers has taken 14 sacks in the Packers last two games as Green Bay lost their grip on the NFC North.

"Once he gets out of the pocket he’s very athletic. He can stretch plays. He holds that ball, he really doesn’t get too rattled," Breeland said. "That makes him freaky."

While the Redskins respect Rodgers, the team also knows some opportunities might present themselves.

"Make him either throw it away or make an errant throw. When you get him rattled he tends to make a bad throw."

Rattling Rodgers is not easy, but if the Redskins can do it, a win Sunday might be in the cards. 

"I'm excited," Breeland said. Sunday will mark the second year corner's first playoff game. 

"Everything is on the table."

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the third episode above and more here.

A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.