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For the Redskins cornerback unit, it's time for potential to turn into production

For the Redskins cornerback unit, it's time for potential to turn into production

The Redskins' cornerback group for the 2019 season is shaping up to be a solid mix of established veterans and a few young, but unproven players with potential.

It's no secret the cornerback position has been one of the weaker units for the Redskins in recent seasons. But in 2019, it could be a different story, depending on one key thing, according to NBC Sports Washington's Trevor Matich.

"It all depends on how the young guys do," Matich said. 

The veterans in the Redskins' cornerback group are all well established. 

"We know what we have in Josh Norman, one of the better corners in the league," Matich said. "They have experience in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. They have Quinton Dunbar back from injury, and if he's fully healthy, he's one of the rising corners in the NFL."

Norman is locked in as one of the starting outside cornerbacks. If he's healthy, Dunbar will likely be the other starter opposite Norman. But after that is where things get tricky.

To address their depth at the position, the Redskins have prioritized the cornerback unit in recent drafts. Now, they must perform on the field.

"The Redskins have drafted several players at the position over the past couple years, and it's time for them to step up," Matich said.

In 2017, Washington used a third-round pick on Fabian Moreau. In each of the past two drafts, the Redskins invested a seventh-round pick in two cornerbacks: Greg Stroman in 2018 and Jimmy Moreland in 2019. Danny Johnson signed as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and was a contributor as a rookie as well.

"The first guy to look at is Fabian Moreau out of UCLA," Matich said on who the Redskins should look to step up in 2019. "He's a first-round talent, runs a 4.35 forty. But he dropped in the draft because he injured his pectoral [muscle] during the draft workout process. He's healthy now, and coaches have been talking about how well he's doing this offseason. The question then becomes, can he turn his progress into production on the field?"

Moreau is entering his third season with the Redskins, and they expect him to take the jump to the next step and establish himself as the No. 3 cornerback.

Due to injuries to the position, both Stroman and Johnson were given significant snaps as rookies a season ago.

Did they struggle some? Yes. But that doesn't mean they can't bounce back, especially with a year of NFL experience under their belt.

"Do [Stroman and Johnson] have the potential to rise up?" Matich said. "Yeah, they do."

This year's late-round defensive back is certainly in the mix for playing time as well. Jimmy Moreland was a star during offseason OTA's and minicamp, pulling down five (!!) interceptions in total, including three in one day.

Sure, there's a lot of uncertainty at the cornerback position. But if a few of the young guys can pull it together, this group has a lot of potential in 2019.

"If the young guys develop from unguided missiles who don't really know what's going on into productive players, then this could be for the first time in a long time, a solid, deep group of corners for the Redskins," Matich said.


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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.

The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property. 

According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills. 

Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."

In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.

"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.

"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."

Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.

Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season. 


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Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts. 

He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf. 

After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years. 

Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks. 

If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.

Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit. 

To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.