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For Redskins fans wanting to refresh themselves on Kendall Fuller's career, this should help

For Redskins fans wanting to refresh themselves on Kendall Fuller's career, this should help

Since most people are staying inside these days, and most of those people are watching shows at an unreasonable yet also understandable rate, it's fitting to make comparisons that involve TV series.

So, going along those lines, Kendall Fuller is like that character in a crime show who was part of the cast a few seasons ago but then was forced to investigate for a different division — a plot choice that angered many viewers, by the way — keeping him off-screen for a while. Now, though, his old department needs him, so he's back.

That old department, of course, is the Redskins, who agreed to a four-year contract with the corner on Monday. The agreement can become official on Wednesday. 

However, fans of the team may need a refresher on the defender, much like one does when a familiar face shows up again after some time away. So, let's refresh.

How about we start here: Where did Fuller go in the first place?

Just a few days before the Eagles-Patriots 2018 Super Bowl, Fuller was sent to the Chiefs along with a draft pick in exchange for Alex Smith. The team was high on its 2016 third-rounder after his first two years in Washington, but they felt it was more important to acquire a QB then keep him around.

Just like that, he was gone, sent to go work in K.C.'s Secondary Bureau.

How did Fuller take that news?

Well, at first, he didn't believe it:

That stance didn't last that long:

Fuller eventually explained how he wasn't too disappointed by it all, just more surprised than anything.

At least on TV, a character can see in a script when his or her role is about to change. That night wasn't scripted at all.

OK, one unrelated question: Is there anything out there for Redskins supporters who are still trying to deal with Amari Cooper choosing Dallas over D.C.? Because I'm struggling with that right now.

Why, yes, in fact there is. JP Finlay wrote some excellent analysis on that right here. Check it out if you need to. There's a new Redskins Talk podcast out on it as well.

Man, I love Best website ever!!!!!!! Back to Fuller now. How did he fare with the Chiefs?

In 26 regular season contests and four playoff matchups, the DB posted three interceptions and defended 17 passes. One of those interceptions was the Super Bowl clincher against the Niners this past February.

Overall, those numbers are more modest than the champs were probably hoping for, which is probably why they didn't make a huge push to bring him back (they also have plenty of other stars they need to take care of financially). The PFF ratings aren't exactly kind, either

On the positive side, Fuller learned how to play multiple spots there and just recently turned 25. There's a strong chance his best football will happen over the course of his four-year deal with the franchise that drafted him.

Cool. Where does he fit in with the Burgundy and Gold moving forward?

As mentioned, Fuller's versatility makes that question both hard to answer but also less pressing to answer.

Quinton Dunbar still is unhappy with his situation, but as of now, he seems like he'll be with the defense in 2020. There's one promising outside starter.

Fabian Moreau, meanwhile, thrived once he moved from the slot to the boundary late last year. Then there's Jimmy Moreland, who best projects as a slot CB because of his size. 

Fuller's top campaign, which came in 2017, was one that featured him predominantly in the slot. That would be the logical place for him to slide in. However, he can help elsewhere and even lined up at safety in spurts for the Chiefs. 

This specific answer will become more clear once the full roster takes shape and training camp gets underway, but the concise response is this: Fuller will give the back end options and make them better.

Nice. In all, this seems like a smart move. It's a smart move, right?

For sure. Fuller isn't as celebrated as Byron Jones or James Bradberry, but he's supremely intelligent, was always prepared in his first stint with the Redskins and is returning to an organization he obviously feels comfortable with.

In short, it'll be good to have him back with his former cast. The writers got this one right. 

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VIDEO: Dwayne Haskins connects with Antonio Brown over and over in offseason workout

VIDEO: Dwayne Haskins connects with Antonio Brown over and over in offseason workout

Redskins fans will devour any video of Dwayne Haskins throwing the ball that they can get their hands on these days. 

But on Wednesday, footage emerged of Haskins throwing bomb after bomb to Antonio Brown. 

Yep. That Antonio Brown.

Haskins has had, and posted about, many offseason workouts the past few months, and most of the time, those workouts have featured teammates like Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon.

On Wednesday, however, the former Steelers, Raiders and Patriots pass catcher was on the same field as the Redskins quarterback. And they made some sweet, sweet (defender-less, pass rush-less) music together:


As seen on Haskins' own Twitter, there were some other notable names in attendance besides Brown. Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, former NFL wideout Chad Johnson and Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith all got in some work as well. 

Is this the space where you'll find analysis on whether the Redskins should sign Brown? Nope.

Is this the space where you'll get a critique of Haskins underthrowing the Pro Bowler a time or two? Nah.

But is this the space where you'll see appreciation for one really talented person chucking a ball really high and really far to another talented person? Yes. All of the yeses. 

Those videos are fun, those videos are interesting and those videos are cool. Try not to take too much away from them other than those things, as difficult as that may be.


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Nick Sundberg thinks NFL should be cautious, follow MLB and NHL's lead in preparing for 2020 season

Nick Sundberg thinks NFL should be cautious, follow MLB and NHL's lead in preparing for 2020 season

As the NFL continues to work toward creating a plan that allows the 2020 season to start in a safe and effective way amid the coronavirus pandemic, numerous players, coaches and league officials are tasked with brainstorming the best possible solution. Among them is Washington Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg, as the special teams veteran is the team's player representative for the National Football League Players Association.

With the calendar turning to June and OTAs and other training sessions delayed, the pressure to make a decision on how teams can work together in person continues to rise. Sundberg understands the concerns but believes the best option at this point is to not rush into anything.

“I think to be cautious is the biggest thing. I don’t want to rush into anything," Sundberg told the Redskins Talk Podcast. "Especially since we have time on our side right now, we’re not missing games today, we’re months away from that.”

Sundberg is correct in saying that time is a valuable resource for the NFL right now. Unlike other professional leagues, each passing day isn't a delay of the regular season or playoffs. Leagues like the NHL and MLB are itching to get back and salvage lost seasons, football isn't there just yet as game action isn't in jeopardy until August.

Therefore, Sundberg thinks the best course of action at the current moment is to observe what the other leagues do in the coming months. They'll be back to work first, and the NFL should see how things play out and learn from successes and failures. 

From there, the NFL would have a clearer picture of what could really happen when football returns. If the results are positive, the league can follow suit. If not, it will be up to Sundberg and company to re-work the policies done by others to create more progress in the future.

“If it were me leading our approach, I would create a blueprint from the MLB and the NHL. I would wait to see what they do and see what works and what doesn’t," Sundberg said. "Compare and contrast the two leagues on how they went about the situation of getting teams in the facilities, how they went about practice, who was allowed in the building, how they went about games.”

“I would try and model, take what they do and make it better if we can. Unless they just roll out a perfect plan, then that’s our blueprint," Sundberg added.

Besides examining policies put in place, Sundberg understands the importance of looking at numbers and trends. It's one thing to see how the other leagues go about having players and staff together on and off the field, but it's another to see what the virus does in that situation. 

"Track data over a month, month and a half, six weeks," Sundberg said. "Let’s see how many players contracted, how many coaches, how many front office and staff members and that sort of thing.”


Real-time studies based on what happens when other sports return will largely dictate what the NFL can do, but Sundberg also understands that football isn't the same as other sports. When training camp begins, rosters are a lot larger than what baseball and hockey teams carry. Certain measures may be effective for those groups of players, but what happens when a full football franchise needs to be accounted for?

Additionally, contact is a necessary element of the game. At some point, teams are going to need to run drills where players block and hit each other and it won't be able to be avoided. How does the league prepare for that level of closeness? These are all things that Sundberg and others in the Players Association have to consider when laying the groundwork.

“For us, it’s so interesting because we have 90 guys on the roster right now and we have such a big organization, you know," Sundberg said. "You can’t have 10 guys over there, 10 guys over there, 10 guys over there. You can spread out on the fields, but at some point we have to come and do some one-on-ones. Guys are going to be breathing in each other’s faces.” 

Safety for players, staff and others involved in football operations is essential, but it's not the only factor that goes into decision-making. As recent negotiations in the MLB have shown, contracts and payments will determine how the season plays out. The NFL is no different.

As Sundberg explains, NFL players are typically paid in season, as game checks and incentives make up their contract. That isn't necessarily a concern right now as the belief is that all games will be played, but there are other stipulations in tentative plans that Sundberg and other players don't agree with.

“Some of the things I’ve heard I haven’t fallen in love with," Sundberg said.

Specifically, a proposed idea on how to handle players who contracted coronavirus was not a procedure he was a fan of. During the podcast, he noted that there was a suggestion that those with the virus would be played on a two-week disabled list, rather than the Injured Reserve. However, coronavirus would be viewed as a non-football injury. In that instance, teams would not be obligated to pay the players who ended up on the list due to coronavirus.

Clearly, that wasn't something the players were going to go for.

“There’s no way a player could get the virus at work and then you say it’s a non-football injury, right?" Sundberg explained.

The long snapper's insight into how the NFL is handling the unclear future of the 2020 season has shown that a lot still needs to be done, but only time will tell how that happens. Other leagues will potentially return soon, and that can help the professional football league in its efforts to come up with the best course of action. However, tough football-specific decisions will still be on the table.

The stress and uncertainty of the time can be a lot, but it's not something Sundberg is shying away from. He was elected to help do what's best for his team and other players around the league, and he's looking forward to fulfilling that promise.

“I think there’s a lot of work that needs to happen moving forward before we even get to the point of stepping on the field for a game," Sundberg said. "But I’m kind of looking forward to cyphering through it all and seeing some of the creative things that guys that are put in place to do that have come up with.” 

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