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Darrell Green talks Breeland, Norman, explains why Richard Sherman isn't a 'No. 1'

Darrell Green talks Breeland, Norman, explains why Richard Sherman isn't a 'No. 1'

In case you haven't already heard, the Redskins secondary is going to look a bit different this season. 

The signing of Josh Norman gives the team a true number-one cornerback to lock down some of the top wide receivers in the league. 

Prior to Norman's arrival, Bashaud Breeland — fresh off a breakout season in 2015 — was thought to maybe be the guy to get a crack at that role in 2016.

Legendary Redskins cornerback Darrell Green joined "Grant and Danny" on 106.7 The Fan on Friday to talk all things defense, including what it means to be a true number-one.

"He is not number-one, and deservedly so," Green said, referring to the third-year cornerback out of Clemson.

"I thought that only beginning last year you could see him say 'Hey, I am gonna do something in this league.' So if I'm him, I have a right type of mad in him. There's a right way to be mad and say 'you know what, I'm gonna show them.'"

With Norman drawing all the attention, Green thinks it will provide Breeland with a great opportunity to break out.

"There's probably going to be more balls his way and he's just gonna go do his thing. This is a great opportunity for him. But no, he's not number-one. But he was great last year, now lets see him go do it again."

When asked if the landscape of depth among defensive backs is changing, with reference to Richard Sherman covering a side of the field as opposed to a No. 1 receiver, Green provided a legendary career's worth of insight.

"Richard Sherman to me, is not a number-one. To me a number-one is ... is Darrell Green, Deion (Sanders), guys who go and follow the dog ... the man. I got to take (Michael) Jordan. I got to take Kobe (Bryant). We gotta take the guy because the team is counting on us to take the guy. If Josh (Norman) don't take the guy, then he ain't a number-one to me. That's just me and I'm old school."

Green's comments weren't so much as a slight at Sherman's talent as it was what he's asked or prefers to do.

"Now if you get in to a 'we're gonna play a base cover-2, cover-3, then yeah, you can interchange, put people in those place. But I'm talking about guys who, we got to put you on so-and-so and you got to get this done. If that's not the case then you're right, it's not a number-one."

Luckily for Redskins fans, Josh Norman wants to check the alpha dog and will be asked to do so.

With a bevy of top-tier wide receivers on the schedule this season — Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, Larry Fitzgerald, and both Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr. twice — the new star defensive back will have ample opportunity to remind folks why he was considered the best cornerback in the NFL a season ago.

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.

"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.

Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.  

"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.

Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.

Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."

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Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol. 

Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play. 

It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career. 

There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime. 

Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.

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