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Rookie preview: Corner Richard Crawford

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Rookie preview: Corner Richard Crawford

RICHARD CRAWFORDCornerback
SMU
5-10, 189The need: No unit on the squad has undergone a bigger facelift this offseason then the secondary, both at corner and safety. Starting corners DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson return while free agents Cedric Griffin and Leigh Torrence were added to battle Kevin Barnes for the time at the nickel and dime slots. Those five could be the group Mike Shanahan keeps on the 53-man roster, but the backups in particular have their warts so opportunity exists for a dark horse to make noise.The fit: Like fellow seventh-round pick Jordan Bernstine, Crawford played all over the secondary in college, but Shanahan has stated the SMU product will play corner in the NFL. Athletic though not particularly quick, Crawfords best defensive value could come in zone packages. He also averaged nearly 13 yards as a punt returner for the Mustangs.The depth chart: Barring injury, Hall and Wilson are locks. Hard to see Griffin not making the roster after inking a free agent deal and Barnes potential remains evident even if his play at is spotty at times. The fifth corner slot appears wide open and possibly competitive if undrafted free agent Chase Minnifield (Virginia) joins the fray. Crawfords upside: Considering Crawfords versatility, he could sneak in as the final overall defensive back, especially if the team keeps 10 in the secondary. Proving his worth on special teams would go a long way to making his team. If Crawford can show immediate impact as a returner, might allow the Redskins to move on from Brandon Banks. Practice squad material.Shanahan on Crawford: He has the possibility of playing inside in the nickel as well as the outside. Also, punt return. Yeah, we think he has some value. Had the chance to talk to SMU head coach June Jones in detail about him. I really liked what I saw and was glad he was available in the seventh round.Crawford on Crawford (On if he is comfortable playing in the slot): Yeah, actually I am. I grew up playing safety. I didnt start playing corner until I got to college, so Im used to playing inside.

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Zach Brown's Twitter frustration not aimed at Redskins, per source

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Zach Brown's Twitter frustration not aimed at Redskins, per source

Redskins fans desperately want Zach Brown back on the roster for the 2018 season, and a Wednesday morning tweet made many Washington fans freak out when the linebacker posted, "I guess the respect level is still low..."

Don't freak out Redskin fans.

The tweet has nothing to do with contract negotiations between Brown and the Redskins, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Instead, this is about a recent addition to the Pro Bowl. 

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Tuesday night, the NFL announced Falcons linebacker Deion Jones would replace injured Panthers LB Luke Kuechly in the Pro Bowl. 

Brown made the Pro Bowl in 2016 playing with the Bills, and during Pro Bowl voting earlier this season his Twitter feed had many messages supporting a second straight trip. 

Jones had a strong season for a good Falcons defense, but he finished with just 11 more tackles than Brown despite playing in three more games.

In fact, Brown was the leading tackler in the NFL before missing the final three games of the season with a litany of injuries. Remarkably, Brown kept the NFL tackle lead after he missed Week 15, though the rest of the leauge caught up to him by Week 16. Playing in only 13 games, Brown still finished ninth in the NFL in tackles, and also added 2.5 sacks. 

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Josh Norman wears a kilt during Scotland trip and it's hilarious (VIDEO)

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Josh Norman wears a kilt during Scotland trip and it's hilarious (VIDEO)

Josh Norman traveled to Scotland as part of an NFL promotional trip, and in turn, Josh Norman wore a kilt. 

It's awesome. 

Norman, along with Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders, decided to give the traditional Scottish formal attire a try, and the results were spectacular.

Norman even broke out in a tradional Scottish jig, sending the folks in the Glasgow audience into a frenzy.

Norman likes to have fun, and though the 2017 season didn't provide him many opportunities to do so, he's taking advantage while overseas. After Glasgow, Norman and the NFL crew went to Manchester, England, where he caught up with old friend and Manchester United star Paul Pogba for a jersey exchange.

Remember, Pogba hung out with the Redskins when the team played in London in 2016, and joined the Redskins Extra crew after the game. 

Plenty more cool pictures and videos from Norman's trip available via @NFLUK.

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