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Kevin Barnes Notable Quotables

Kevin Barnes Notable Quotables

On how excited he is to be a Washington Redskin:

"I love the area, being that I played right down the street. My mom's not too far away. It's really an honor to play for such a passionate organization. So, I am very proud to be a Redskin right now."

 

On if he had any indication he would be chosen early today:

"I wasn't sure. They said late second, early-to-mid third, so I was just sitting there waiting and then Washington picked me. They called me right before it came across the screen. Here I am now."

 

On his reaction when the Washington Redskins called:

"I saw the number and it wasn't stored in my phone so I knew it had to be something good. I was pretty much speechless. I wasn't really expecting them to pick me. I hadn't really talked to them too much in the process. From what I've talked to my former teammates, that's how it usually happens. The team that you don't really talk to the most has the most interest in you."

 

On what he knows about the Redskins situation at cornerback:

"I know they signed DeAngelo (Hall). I know Carlos (Rogers) is on the last year of his deal. (Fred) Smoot, he's getting a little bit older. I'm ready to get in there and compete as soon as possible. I'm trying to have an immediate impact."

 

On what he does well at the cornerback position:

"I feel like I compete with anybody. I'm a big corner, but I also move like a smaller guy. It's not like I'm a big guy who is a very long-strider, not very quick. I am very quick also. So I feel like, being a big corner, I can compete with the big receivers and move with the smaller receivers too. Having a great set of receivers on the team it helped me more in practice just getting reps with them."

 

On the injury to his shoulder last season:

"I was going for a hit and just got hit in an awkward part of my shoulder, the back of my shoulder. It was diagnosed as a fracture in my shoulder blade. They inserted a pin in. I think this happened the second week of October and I had the surgery the last weekend of October and I've just been rehabbing. Actually, by the time we were practicing for our bowl, because we played our bowl in Boise, I was actually practicing again, but they weighed my options and said, 'It would probably be best for you to not play in this game because your career is on the line. We don't want you to get hurt again.' I've been healthy for a while now."

 

On if the pin is still in his shoulder:

"Yeah, it's real small. It's nothing that is going to affect me at all. I've been checked out by several doctors. Everything will be fine. I will be back to normal."

 

On if he was worried about his future when the shoulder injury occurred:

"I had to weigh my options. The initial doctor told me I would be out five to six months and when I heard that I was initially panicking a little bit because I realized if I was out five to six months I wouldn't be able to compete in the combine or anything. I went and got a second opinion and he told me two to three months. I've always been a fast healer, throughout my whole life, so I personally took a few weeks off that myself because I knew I was going to rehab hard and just naturally a good healer. I'm not going to regret anything. My last hit, even though I got hurt, I caused the guy to fumble. I have to look at it that way, put a smile on my face."

 

On if he thinks his injury caused him to drop in the draft:

"Any injury I feel definitely causes a drop in the draft a little bit. Sometimes you fall into the right place and I feel like I fell right into the right situation, the best situation for me."

 

On if he has talked with former Terrapin Stephon Heyer:

"I see him around every once in a while, but I am pretty sure we will hang out a lot more now that I am a part of the family. He's a great guy."

 

On what he thinks about the Washington Redskins:

"I definitely know that they are one of the most passionate organizations, if not the most passionate, in the NFL. They go out there and they look for the best talent. They are great evaluators of talent and they do whatever it takes to get a winning team. I really feel like with the new coaching staff that came in last year they are on the right track. I just hope to be the last part to that puzzle."

 

On which NFL team he grew up rooting for:

"See now, that's a funny question because I grew up partly in North Carolina, because my parents are in the military. The Carolina Panthers weren't in North Carolina at that time, so my family was actually Cowboys fans. So I actually grew up a Cowboys fan for a while, but the more I got into football, the more I started appreciating good teams and good players. Initially, the first team I liked was the Cowboys, so how ironic that I would go to the Redskins, but I love to be a Redskin. I've been telling people that for months because everybody was telling me, 'You're going to the Redskins.' I was like, 'Hey, I love the area, so, I would definitely love to be a part of it."

 

On if his parents are still in the military:

"No, they are both government employees in D.C., so they are nearby. My mom, she works for the US National Physical Disability Agency and my dad, he is a U.S. Park policeman."

 

On what NFL players does he look up to:

"Asante Samuel, he is just a great playmaker. He is a winner. Champ Bailey, every year he is dominating. Even DeAngelo (Hall). We trained in the same place in the combine and I've seen all his records and how explosive he is and how physical of a player he is from watching him on TV. Not one player I would say, but I appreciate what everybody can do."

 

On what bigger corners in the NFL does he compare to:

"Champ Bailey is about 6'1". Antontio Cromartie from San Deigo, he is about 6'2", 6'3" and he moves like a cat. So I definitely watch his game. He is definitely a playmaker. Al Harris from Green Bay. Charles Woodson from Green Bay also. They are big corners."

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

There was some confusion about the Redskins’ Week 16 game in Tennessee when the NFL schedule dropped. The schedule pushed out by the Redskins said that the game date and time are to be determined. Other versions that went out, including the one on NFL.com, says the game will be on Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

So what’s the story? Well, if you’re thinking of making reservations to go to Nashville to watch the game you just might want to hold off for a while. Like, until early November. 

In an under the radar move, the NFL has established flex scheduling for its late-season Saturday games. Here are the details from the schedule press release from Redskins PR:

“Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday. Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.”

The way it sets up, if the Redskins and Titans are playing well in midseason there is a good chance the game will be played on Saturday, December 22 at either 4:30 or 8:20. If one or both teams are struggling, the league and networks could choose to flex two of the other four matchups to Saturday. 

This is taking flex scheduling to a different level. It’s one thing shifting a Sunday kickoff seven and a half hours from 1 p.m. to 8:30. It’s another to shift a whole day. The visiting teams can’t make travel arrangements, not knowing if they need to come into town on Friday for a Saturday game or on Saturday for Sunday. Fans who want to travel to the game are in the same boat. 

Of course, if you can afford it, you can just add a day to your Nashville excursion. There are worse things in the world than spending an extra day or two in Music City. 

If you have to wait to make your plans, as the Redskins do, you will find out no later than October 29, which is when Week 8 ends. 

Do you believe in trends? Then you should hope that the game does get flexed to Saturday. The Redskins have won three straight Saturday games, beating the Eagles in both 2014 and 2015 (the latter game clinching the division title for Washington) and the Bears in 2016. 

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