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Playoff loss to Packers still in the minds of Redskins, Joe Barry

Playoff loss to Packers still in the minds of Redskins, Joe Barry

The situation is similar: A slumping Packers team traveling to Washington to face the Redskins in a primetime game. It's happening this Sunday night, just as it happened 10 months ago when Green Bay knocked the 'Skins out of the playoffs in a 35-18 road win. 

In that game, Aaron Rodgers voiced confidence coming to face the Washington defense, and he was eventually proved right. The Packers quarterback threw for more than 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns in that game, and Washington defensive coordinator Joe Barry has not forgotten it, not a single play. With Green Bay again coming to Washington, Barry reminded his players how close things were in the second half before the Packers put things out of reach. 

"We went back and I showed the guys a play today, with five minutes left in the third quarter, they went for it on fourth-and-one at midfield and got it," Barry said on Thursday. "At that point, we were winning 17-18."

Barry's memory of the game is vivid, the coach has watched that game, and that play, numerous times in the 10 months since it happened. 

"What I was trying to get the point across to the guys is anytime in the National Football League, obviously in playoff football, but anytime you have got to play 60 minutes. You have got to play every snap. You have got to be perfect and on your A-game every snap, because, obviously, the other team is trying to do that."

The Redskins actually outgained the Packers in that game, 354 to 346, though the Packers were able to score in bunches. Green Bay scored 17 points in the second quarter and 11 in the fourth, running the ball well in both spots. In the first and third quarters, however, the Skins defense limited the Packers to just one touchdown.

"At times we played very well last year, but when you go against a guy like No. 12 [Aaron Rodgers] you have got to be on it every snap because he demands that type of perfection," Barry said. 

Over their last five games Barry's defense has allowed more than 20 points just once - the overtime tie with the Bengals in London. Largely, the unit is playing well, particularly in the second half of games. 

That won't matter though Sunday night against Rodgers. And Barry knows it. 

"If you slip, if you're off, he's going to make you pay for it."

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Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

As training camp continues to build, JP Finlay and Pete Hailey will answer burning questions related to the Washington Football Team.

Up next: Which player, outside of Dwayne Haskins, has a lot riding on 2020?

Pete's pick: Sean Davis

Washington's free agency class is crowded with players on one-year deals, which is something Ron Rivera loves.

"A lot of these guys want to come in and say, ‘Hey, give me an opportunity to compete, let me prove myself,'" Rivera told the media a few months ago. "I love that guys are betting on themselves, that they’re going to come in and prove that they belong, that they deserve an extensive contract." 

Sean Davis is one such guy who's betting on himself, and should he win that bet, it'll do a ton for his career as well as for the franchise, too.

First, look at it from Davis' point of view. The ex-Steeler was a useful contributor during his first three years in Pittsburgh, but in 2019, he appeared just once before landing on injured reserve in mid-September. He needs to bounce back to ensure his NFL arrow is pointing upward again.

As for Washington, well, they've been looking for a pair of safeties to rely on for more than a decade now. They're locked in with Landon Collins at one spot, and with Davis being just 26 years old, he looks like an ideal candidate to slide into the other. 

Davis must be healthy, clean up his tackling and handle his coverage duties well, though, for both he and the organization to be happy. If he comes through, expect his next contract to far outweigh the one he's currently on.

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JP's pick: Fabian Moreau

Cornerbacks can make big money if they prove an ability to stay on the field and cover, and fourth-year Washington CB Fabian Moreau has a real opportunity this fall to show he can do both.

A third-round pick in 2017, Moreau came to Washington with plenty of fanfare from his college days at UCLA. Things haven’t really clicked yet, but the 2020 season presents a chance to take over a starting outside cornerback spot.

For the past few seasons, Moreau has been overshadowed by Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar, but neither player is in Washington anymore. Moreau has also dealt with injuries. As a rookie, he barely played while working back from a torn pectoral and last year he missed a chunk of time with a hurt ankle. 

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Now, in 2020, Moreau needs to show up. 

Washington signed Kendall Fuller this offseason and he will nail down one spot in the secondary while Moreau and Ronald Darby compete to start opposite Fuller. If Moreau can win that job, and then play well on the field after that, he stands to see a major payday next year in free agency.

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Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Derrius Guice is officially a free agent.

The running back unsurprisingly went unclaimed on waivers after Washington released him on Friday. Guice is now free to sign with any team. 

The 23-year-old was released by Washington on Friday after he was arrested on domestic violence charges. Guice, who had become a fan-favorite during his two-plus years in Washington, has denied all accusations against him, per his attorney. 

Additionally, Guice -- who is usually active on social media -- has deleted both his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

While a healthy Guice would likely be an upgrade to many backfields across the league, it's unclear if any teams will take a chance signing him

Guice's NFL career thus far has been all potential and little production. While he's shined when on the field, the running back has missed 27 of a possible 32 games due to multiple knee injuries since Washington selected him 59th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

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