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Jarrett looking like a draft steal for the Redskins

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Jarrett looking like a draft steal for the Redskins

Last year, the Redskins drafted a cornerback in the fourth round. Nobody expected much out of Bashaud Breeland but he started 13 games and played well at times, and also showed some rough edges that need to fixed with experience.

In May, the Redskins took a defensive back in the fifth round. They expected Kyshoen Jarrett to play some special teams and back up at safety, his position at Virginia Tech.

But the team suffered a rash of injuries at cornerback early in training camp and Jarrett volunteered to step up and play some nickel corner.

"The thing that's kind of been cool is that we kind of fell into Kyshoen playing nickel back in training camp,” said defensive coordinator Joe Barry. “It was kind of a blessing in disguise. You know, Breeland got hurt, so we had to juggle some things around. I can't remember when it was, but it was the first week of training camp and we started training him [at cornerback]. He just got better and better and better with it.”

He got to be so good that Jarrett at nickel became more than a training camp experiment. When the regular season started and injuries and suspensions left the Redskins in need at cornerback, they called on Jarrett.

“He played really well against St. Louis and played very well again last week [against the Eagles],” said Barry. “He's an unbelievable kid. He's still a rookie. He's going to make rookie mistakes, but he just loves football. He's into it. He just one of those mature rookies that really works at it. It was exciting to see."

Jarrett played every snap at nickel corner against the Eagles. He more than held his own against Philly’s fast-paced attack, knocking down a key third down pass that forced a punt .

Like most players who are drafted in any round, Jarrett has physical ability. But, like Breeland, it is his approach to the game that has earned him the trust of the coaches.

"It's more of a mentality than anything,” said Barry. “Obviously every guy that's on a NFL football field has the skillset, but I just think what he brings to the table is just the bulldog mentality. He's tough. He has got unbelievable work ethic. He's got unbelievable ‘want-to.’ I think he's one of those guys who was a late round draft pick, so I think he's always working to say, 'Hey, I deserve to be here.'”

With Chris Culliver’s status for the near future up in the air due to a knee injury and DeAngelo Hall sidelined with a toe problem, the Redskins will need to lean on Jarrett for the near future. He is likely to be the slot corner at least until the defensive backfield is back to full strength. Even then, it might be tough to get him off of the field. 

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.

 

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?

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Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 

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