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Houston CB Jackson a rare playmaker who could interest the Redskins

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Houston CB Jackson a rare playmaker who could interest the Redskins

Redskins draft countdown

The NFL draft is 13 days away and there is plenty of speculation as to what players Scot McCloughan will select to wear the burgundy and gold. Between now and the draft we’ll look at some of the players who might be of interest to the Redskins and discuss how he might fit in Washington.

William Jackson III
Cornerback
Houston

Height: 6-0
Weight: 189
40-yard dash: 4.37

Projected draft round: 1

What they’re saying
Having looked at all of the cornerbacks who are talked about for the first round, I am willing to say that William Jackson III is no worse than the second-best for me. He really was better than I expected to see when I first started this, and I really think he is capable of helping anyone in any scheme. I love his aggressiveness and his ability to be a ball hawk, as well as his ability to securely bring his man down. He is an older prospect, but that in no way takes away from his value.
Bob Sturm, Dallas Morning News

How he fits the Redskins: There is plenty of talk of them taking a defensive lineman in the first round. But with the draft so deep at the position, McCloughan’s strategy could be to go after a different position with his first pick and then come back in the second and get a D-lineman who represents just a slight drop off from the player he could have had in the first.

Cornerback is one of those positions of value that justifies a first-round pick and Jackson could be the best one on the board when the 21st pick is on the clock. At 6-0 with 31 3/4-inch arms he has the length that the Redskins like and the size needed to guard receivers like Dez Bryant.

Unlike some other top corners in the draft, Jackson has demonstrated the ability to make plays. He had five interceptions. Two other corners who could be considered at the Redskins’ draft spot, Eli Apple and Mackensie Alexander, had one and zero interceptions last year, respectively. Jackson also led the nation with 23 pass breakups.

His speed, instincts, and playmaking ability are all on display here in this play against Florida State in the Peach Bowl. It was one of two interceptions he had in one of the biggest wins in the history of the Houston Cougars.

Potential issues: He has issues with missed tackles; his technique needs a lot of work. Jackson sometimes has a tendency to drop his head when he goes to make a stop and that can not only cause missed tackles but also can lead to serious injuries.

Bottom line: Jackson overcame a tough upbringing in Houston. Usually the best solution is to get away from your old neighborhood but he stayed in Houston for both junior college and to play for the Cougars. By all accounts he has grown into a model citizen. It’s the type of story about overcoming adversity that McCloughan likes in his players.

If the Redskins do bypass the defensive line and look at cornerback Jackson could be a good fit. It appears to be a good year to get a first-round cornerback since the supply of quality corners is pretty good and there aren’t as many teams who are in need at the position as there usually are.

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Josh Norman goes on 3-minute rant on misconstrued comments on Dak Prescott

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Josh Norman goes on 3-minute rant on misconstrued comments on Dak Prescott

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is upset with the way his comments about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott were portrayed by some media outlets this week.

Speaking after a humbling 31-21 loss to Dallas at FedEx Field on Sunday, Norman went on a three-minute rant disputing the portrayal of comments he felt were not critical at all of Prescott, just a general observation of how NFL quarterbacks will play if you don’t put pressure on them.

“[Prescott] is a great football player. Dak always has been a great football player,” Norman said. “And they did a great job out here today and they showed that. But what I will not do [is] allow the media - or whomever the case may be – [is] stir my words and change them to what they want it to be. It never has been the case. Never have been the case.

”Prescott torched the Redskins for 26 of 30 passes and 269 yards with three touchdowns. He was intercepted once, but after a scoreless first quarter Dallas took control of the game. At 6:18 of the second quarter, Prescott hit wide receiver hit Devin Smith for a 51-yard touchdown pass. Norman was beat in coverage on the play, though he refused to say one way or the other if he was supposed to have safety help.

Prescott completed 25 of 32 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-17 win against the New York Giants in Week 1. His passer rating was a perfect 158.3. Norman was asked about that performance on Thursday.

"You stand back there in the pocket all day and go through your first, second and third reads and come back to your first one, OK, cool. Anybody can do that," Norman told reporters in Ashburn, Va.

"At the end of the day, he's been playing well. As you can see, he's evolved. He's growing in the system. He's just taking his keys and picking his targets.

”Newspapers and websites across the country picked up those comments and in many cases used a truncated form of the full quote in headlines and tweets: “Anybody can do that.” That was what angered Norman.

“Because that’s the reason why athletes, entertainers, don’t even want to [expletive] with you guys to be 100 with you,” Norman said. “It’s no need. [Prescott is] my brother. That’s a kin….He’s a great quarterback. All these guys that we play are. I just wish that media would respect that and understand and don’t try to twist people the best opportunity, the chance to get out there. It just really sucks when that happens, man. It really does.”

The comments drew attention from some members of the Cowboys’ organization. Team vice president Stephen Jones addressed them on a radio show in Dallas and deemed them unnecessary. Norman didn’t disagree because he insists he wasn’t trying to take shots at Prescott.

“It’s sad. But now you’ve really got to watch the [reporters] that are doing great jobs. You got to suffer with me because of the spoiled rotten apples that come from hell,” Norman said. “It’s unbearable man. The good reporters that actually come in here and do a job they supposed to do, they hold their head high and you respect them. But it’s those sour apples, man, that make you all jobs suck. It really is, man. And it’s sad. It really is sad. Because you pin us against each other. You pin my brother against my other brother. You don’t have to do that. You don’t.”

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Adrian Peterson passes Jim Brown on all-time TD list: 'Means a lot more than the other ones will'

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Adrian Peterson passes Jim Brown on all-time TD list: 'Means a lot more than the other ones will'

FEDEX FIELD -- In his season debut, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson made his presence felt early. In the first quarter of Washington's Week 2 loss to the Cowboys, the 34-year-old running back punched it in the end zone from one yard out, giving Washington an early touchdown lead over their rival.

This touchdown was no ordinary touchdown, however. It marked Peterson's 107th career rushing touchdown, passing NFL legend Jim Brown on the all-time rushing touchdown list. 

"Man, it's just a blessing. it continues to show me how blessed I am," Peterson said on passing Brown. "To have the opportunity and ability to pass some of the greats that paved the way."

Brown played for the Cleveland Browns for nine seasons. He's considered one of the best, if not the best, running backs to ever play the game. He won the league's Most Valuable Player award three times, making first-team All-Pro eight times.

Last year, Peterson passed the likes of Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, and even Redskins great John Riggins on the all-time TD list. Passing Brown meant much more to Peterson than any of those.

"He was the first one that paved the way for us," Peterson said. "This one means a lot more than the other ones will when I pass them because Jim Brown is a guy I looked up to. I've talked to him on several occasions, just the look in his eyes when I'm talking to him, it's like '[wow].' That is just motivating to me."

There was a time Peterson may have questioned whether he would pass Brown on the all-time rushing touchdown list. After stints with the Saints and Cardinals in 2017, Peterson was a free agent just last August, wondering if any team would call him again.

Washington did, and for the most part, it's worked out for both parties. In 2018, Peterson rushed for over 1,000 yards and earned the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player award.

Of course, Peterson has dealt with adversity in Washington as well. Just last week, he was a healthy scratch in Philadelphia, something he had never been before in his 13-year career. But the running back held his head high, stayed positive and professional through it all.

His teammates appreciated the running back's professionalism as well.

"Man, I appreciate him bouncing back from last week," Redskins wide receiver Paul Richardson said on Peterson. "Anybody could have been frustrated. he stepped up as a leader. He stepped up as a man, he stepped up as a ballplayer, a teammate. He came out and put all that stuff behind him and left it on the field. When he came out, he performed for us, and I appreciate that."

Unfortunately, Peterson's accomplishment was overshadowed by the rest of the Redskins afternoon. It wasn't pretty, as Dallas cruised to a 31-21 victory, scoring on five-straight possessions at one point.

"It feels good to have passed him today, but it's bittersweet because we didn't get this divisional win," Peterson said. 

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