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Josh Norman believes Ron Rivera will change the Redskins culture

Josh Norman believes Ron Rivera will change the Redskins culture

No Redskins player knows new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera better than cornerback Josh Norman.

The veteran spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Carolina under Rivera's leadership, where Norman went from a fifth-round selection to an All-Pro cornerback. His time in Carolina ended when the team initially placed the franchise tag on Norman following the 2015 season, but quickly removed it after the two sides were unable to complete a long-term deal. Norman became a free agent, signed a lucrative five-year deal in Washington.

Now, four years later, Norman's future in Washington is in limbo. No. 24 spent the final six weeks of the season on the sidelines, watching players the Redskins signed just days prior play over him. He has one year and $15 million left on the five-year deal he signed but would count as just a $3 million cap hit if released.

"Have I been told that? Not that I know of. Not to my knowledge," Norman said Monday when asked if he's played his last game in Washington. "I think that everybody else has been speculating that for some odd reason. I don’t know why. I got another year left on my deal. What I know, I’m still here. Until something else changes, I guess we’ll still be here."

But in the NFL, things change fast. Just a couple months ago, thinking Rivera would be the head coach of the Redskins seemed unthinkable. Norman was all but gone. But with Rivera in town, there's a chance Norman could return, whether that be at a reduced rate or not.

When asked what culture change Rivera would to the Redskins, Norman kept it blunt.

"Everything as you see it today would be different," he said. "I’ll say that."

When asked to expand on that answer, Norman endorsed Rivera strongly. His passion and respect for his first NFL coach seemed as strong as ever, despite not playing for him in four seasons.

"He gets the best out of players. Simple as that. There’s no cut-and-dry short answer other than what I just gave you," Norman said. "He gets the best out of players. And not just players, but men. He builds men and guys — and also builds character, and sets them up not just for football, but sets (them up) in life.

"I think that’s the first and foremost thing you want to see in anybody, that they actually care about you instead of the game itself," he continued. "That’s what builds that family and that bond where guys can’t break that.”

Once officially named head coach, Rivera has a lot to figure out. He has to determine who his defensive coordinator will be and whether to retain young offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell. There are several veterans that Washington can release this offseason to clear up a significant amount of cap room, with Norman being one of them.

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Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson carved up the visiting DC Defenders for 278 yards and three touchdowns Sunday night in the Los Angeles Wildcats' commanding 39-9 victory.

The Wildcats obliterated Cardale Jones (13-of-26, 4 INT) and the Defenders, who fall to 2-1 on the season.

Johnson completed passes to eight different receivers, including William and Mary standout Tre McBride, who was traded from the Defenders to the Wildcats in the preseason.

McBride finished the night with five catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson played for the Redskins during the 2018 NFL season, suiting up for the final four games after the team lost both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to season-ending injuries. Johnson led the Redskins to a 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars during Week 15, throwing for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson was selected by the Wildcats in the XFL Supplemental Draft in Nov. 2019. 

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Former Redskins RB Matt Jones powers St. Louis BattleHawks past the New York Guardians

Former Redskins RB Matt Jones powers St. Louis BattleHawks past the New York Guardians

Former Redskins running back Matt Jones was a force on the ground Sunday afternoon for the BattleHawks in the team's 29-9 win against the Guardians.

Jones paved the way for the St. Louis win, rushing for 95 yards and a score on 15 carries.

Jones was drafted by the Redskins in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida.

He impressed the coaching staff during his first year in D.C. (794 all-purpose yards, 4 total TDs) but struggled to hold on to the ball, fumbling five times. 

Jones was named the starting running back in 2016 after the Redskins decided to let Alfred Morris leave in free agency.

In his second season, Jones missed nine games with a rash of injuries and eventually lost his starting spot to Rob Kelley. 

He was waived shortly before the start of the 2017 NFL season by the Redskins, and he has been on the move ever since.

Jones and the BattleHawks head to Audi Field for a matchup with the DC Defenders on Sunday, March 8.

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