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Fitzpatrick directs Bills' 34-18 rout over Jaguars

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Fitzpatrick directs Bills' 34-18 rout over Jaguars

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick directed five straight scoring drives in helping the Buffalo Bills keep alive their slim playoff hopes with a 34-18 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard plunge in providing a spark to an injury-depleted offense that finished the game minus its top two receivers. Starter Stevie Johnson did not return after hurting his left hamstring in the third quarter, while Donald Jones was out due to a calf injury.

Fred Jackson had 101 yards rushing and C.J. Spiller scored on a 44-yard run that put Buffalo (5-7) up 34-10 early in the fourth quarter.

The Jaguars (2-10) were unable to carry over much momentum a week after snapping a seven-game skid with 24-19 win over Tennessee. Quarterback Chad Henne scored on a 1-yard run and also completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts III.

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Dwayne Haskins welcomes fellow OSU alum, XFL QB Cardale Jones to D.C.

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Dwayne Haskins welcomes fellow OSU alum, XFL QB Cardale Jones to D.C.

There's a new Buckeye in town.

The XFL conducted the first part of their 2020 Draft Tuesday with D.C.'s newest team, the Defenders, drafting quarterback Cardale Jones.

Dwayne Haskins welcomed his fellow Buckeye to town on Twitter, to which Jones replied, "roommates?" "Towels and linen ready," Haskins tweeted back.

Jones led the Buckeyes to a National Championship in 2015, leaving Ohio State to enter the 2016 NFL Draft the year Haskins arrived.

Jones' NFL career was short-lived. He was drafted during the fourth round in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, was then traded to the Los Angeles Chargers, cut at the end of this past August, picked up by the Seattle Seahawks and cut two weeks later. After an NFL career that never seemed to materialize, Jones is looking forward to a career in the XFL.

“It’s an opportunity to go somewhere and be ‘the guy,’ instead of being on someone’s practice squad," Jones said in a phone interview with the Washington Post after being cut by the Seahawks.

The XFL and D.C. Defenders kick off their inaugural season at Audi Field in February 2020.

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It's time to start regarding Quinton Dunbar as a top cornerback in the NFL

It's time to start regarding Quinton Dunbar as a top cornerback in the NFL

Many features of the Redskins' defense has disappointed in 2019. Quinton Dunbar's performance isn't one of them, though.

The 27-year-old's effort on Sunday against the Dolphins included an interception and ended with him receiving the second-best single-game grade of his career, according to Pro Football Focus.

Any idea which contest was the only one to top his afternoon in Miami? Oh, it came just a few weeks ago versus the Giants, where he picked off two Daniel Jones passes and shut down whatever pass-catcher lined up across from him.

Overall, Pro Football Focus rates Dunbar as the NFL's third most effective cornerback this year. He's missed two matchups due to injuries, but when he's active, he's active in the secondary.

"He was tremendous in so many areas," interim coach Bill Callahan said on Monday when looking back at what Dunbar did in Week 6. "He was relentless versus their screens — he came up, he supported, he filled the alley, really impressive — and the play he made on the slant on the pick, really great anticipation, awareness, instinct, intuitiveness."

Those four qualities that Callahan mentioned are what really stand out from the former-receiver-turned-corner (whenever writing about No. 23, it's necessary to point out he didn't even play on defense until 2015, illustrating just how incredible his development at DB has been). His pick of Josh Rosen happened thanks to his ability to read and then react to the route:

Dunny's other two thefts this season were much like that one: he shadowed the opponent step-for-step then ran through his body to force a turnover. He's not nabbing overthrows or getting lucky off deflections; he's stealing balls from the offense.

As mentioned, leg issues have kept Dunbar on the sidelines this campaign as well as the last one for some extended periods. He's also lining up on a unit that's been nothing more than mediocre for a while, which is another factor preventing him from getting the recognition he deserves. 

But with the way he's stepping up as of late, his name should stop popping up more when running down the list of the sport's best at his position.

Redskins fans have long lamented what Josh Norman has done and how the team doesn't have a special CB. It's beginning to look like they do, however — it's just the guy on the other side of the field.

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