NFL.com did a spin around the NFL and looked for a player on each team who could be set to have a breakout year in 2012. While I dont always agree with their take on things, I wholeheartedly endorse their selection of Leonard Hankerson as the Redskins potential breakout layer.Hankerson might not have been in to conversation to be a breakout player this year had he not injured his hip in Week 10 against the Dolphins last year. Had he been able to play in the Redskins final seven games he might have broken out in 2011. The rookie dominated a pretty good Miami secondary, catching eight passes for 106 yards before getting injured late in the game.Now, Hankerson was not going to average eight catches for 100 yards the rest of the way but he certainly had the potential to be the teams top receiver and biggest threat for the last half of the season.But as it turned out all of that had to wait until this year. And if he was going to break out last year with Rex Grossman at quarterback, then he has the potential to really burst onto the scene with Robert Griffin III throwing him the ball. From the NFL.com article:Griffin was highly accurate at Baylor and used the weapons around him. All Redskins wideouts should see a boost with the rookie QB at the controls, but Hankerson, especially, could see his career altered by RG3's arrival. Hankerson's not a household name here in June, but riding Griffin's coattails could thrust him into the lights.And Hankerson, a big target at 6-2, will help Griffin as much as RG3 will help the receiver. It should be fun to watch.
Another week, another game where no matter what the Washington Redskins (6-3) will leave their game at first place in the division.
This week the Redskins host fellow division leader, the Houston Texans (6-3) for a Week 11 match-up. Quite possibly, this could be the final week where Washington faces a team above .500 this season.
Last week the Redskins gave up over 500 yards to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but kept them out fo the end zone to preserve a victory. Since then though there was more talk about the fans in the stands than the players out on the field.
Houston is unlike any team the Redskins have faced this season, except for perhaps the Carolina Panthers. They have a balanced offense (rush and pass) and a stellar, star-studed defense. With DeShaun Watson, the Texans are never out of a game either.
The all-time series between the Redskins and Texans is young. Sunday will mark only their fifth ever matchup ant it is tied at 2-2. Houston has won two straight in the series with the last win for the Redskins coming in 2006.
REDSKINS vs. HOUSTON TEXANS WEEK 11
Who: Washington Redskins vs. Houston Texans
What: Game 10 of the 2018 NFL regular season
When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: You can stream Redskins Kickoff Live, Redskins Postgame Live and Redskins Overtime Live right here using the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Point Spread: Houston, -3
Weather: 50 degrees, partly
REDSKINS vs. TEXANS TV SCHEDULE:
8:30 AM: Redskins Nation
9:00 AM: Redskins 100
9:30 AM: Redskins Kickoff Preview
10:00 AM: Redskins Gameday: D.C. Sports Live
11:00 AM: Redskins Coach's Show
11:30 AM: Inside the Redskins
12:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live (NBCSW+ and the MyTeams App)
4:00 PM: Redskins Postgame Live (NBCSW+ and the MyTeams App)
5:30 PM: Redskins Overtime Live (NBCSW+ and the MyTeams App)
REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Week 1: Sun., 9/9, @ Arizona Cardinals (24-6, W)
Week 2: Sun, 9/16, vs. Indianapolis Colts (21-9, L)
Week 3: Sun., 9/23, vs. Green Bay Packers (31-17, W)
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, (43-19, L)
Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (23-17, W)
Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (20-17, W)
Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (20-13, W)
Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (38-14, L)
Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (16-3 W)
Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (ESPN)
Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: Sat., 12/22, @ Tennessee Titans, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
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In 2015, the Houston Texans cut D.J. Swearinger. And even in 2018, the Redskins safety hasn't forgotten it.
"It's fun going against my former teams, showing them what they missed out on," Swearinger said this week.
Houston selected Swearinger out of the University of South Carolina in the second round of the NFL Draft. For two years he played fairly well in Houston, but when the staff switched over from Gary Kubiak to Bill O'Brien, things went wrong according to Swearinger.
"Kubiak let me be myself, let me do whatever as long as I played ball," he said. "O'Brien was a control guy: 'You can't do this. You can't do that.'"
After his release in Houston, Swearinger played in Tampa for a brief period before a good landing place in Arizona. He played well with the Cardinals, and parlayed that experience into a three-year contract with the Redskins in the 2017 offseason.
Since he's been in Washington, Swearinger has been an ideal teammate and leader. He credits the hard times, stemming from being cut in Houston, to the role he plays now.
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#Houston I Appreciate Coach Gary Kubiak, Coach Wade Phillips, Coach Vance Joseph for Giving Me A Chance Of A Lifetime & Letting Me Be “Myself” My Rookie Year. When They Left My 2nd Year, the New Coaching Staff Would Always Worry About What I Was Doing Or Saying To Other Players 🤔🤔Well, the Young Swagg Had A Hard Time Adjusting To The New System Nor Did I Want To Play Linebacker Every Play, and I Also Was Late A Few Times Too Many...All Apart Of Growing Up & Learning To Be A Pro. There Was A MisUnderstanding With My Db Coach That Lead To Unprofessional Actions By My Head Coach (o’brien) That I Could No Longer Respect! Which Lead To Me Being Cut. That Same Coach Told Me I Would Be Outta The League In 3Years. Unfortunately, My God & Grind Had A Plan And Knew That 6years Later....I Would Make Him Eat His Words! #LiveIn5🤫 #2spoonzswagggu🥄🥄
With four interceptions this season, Swearinger is tied for the No. 2 spot in the NFL and is a huge part of the Redskins 6-3 start. Playing Houston will mean a lot for the emotional defensive back, especially in a week where emotions seem to be running high.
Josh Norman and Swearinger voiced frustrations with Redskins fans for not packing FedEx Field for home games. The crowd has booed at times this season, and as Swearinger sees it, "the boos are dumb to me. Very dumb."
Whatever the crowd looks like on Sunday, it's a big opportunity for Swearinger to play against Houston, and against O'Brien. The Texans coach praised Swearinger's work in the years since his release.
"I think every player that comes into the league, no matter who you are, it is a tough transition from college to professional football and then on top of that you have a coaching change and things like that, that DJ had to deal with," O'Brien said. "I think a lot of players go through that and DJ has obviously done a great job of coming into Washington and really performing at a high level."
This season, Swearinger has played against two of his former teams in Arizona and Tampa. The Redskins won both, and as an outside observer, it seemed like the wins mattered greatly to the safety.
It's rare for a player as young as 27-year-old Swearinger to have already played on four teams. He gets that, and doesn't love it. Against Houston, he can get another win, and the most important one of his three former teams.
"It’s going to be exciting," Swearinger said. "It’s going to be my first time getting a fair chance to face the team that drafted me."
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