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Skins' Barry on whether he'll move any corners to safety

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Skins' Barry on whether he'll move any corners to safety

For any Redskins fans still wondering whether Joe Barry plans to move one of his cornerbacks to safety, the first-year defensive coordinator provided a definitive answer recently: No, he does not.

Earlier this offseason, there had been some speculation that the team might consider moving corners DeAngelo Hall and/or David Amerson to safety in an effort to bolster a position that’s long been a problem in Washington. 

“Corners are corners,” Barry said this week at Redskins Park. “Safeties are safeties.”

During Wednesday’s OTA practice—the only session open of the week to reporters—Chris Culliver and Bashaud Breeland worked as the starting corners. In nickel packages, Amerson came on and Breeland moved inside. Hall, who is recovering from an Achilles injury, figures to join that mix, if and when he returns to full health.

At safety, Dashon Goldson and Duke Ihenacho were the starters at free and strong, respectively. Jeron Johnson is also expected to push for significant playing time, if not start.

With the start of the season still three months away, things can always change. But, in Barry’s mind, any changes will involve the depth chart at corner and safety, not players swapping positions.

“We ask both sets—our corners and our safeties—to do a lot,” Barry said. “We ask them to blitz. We ask them to cover. We ask them to play zone coverage. We ask them to defend the run. So, yes, they’re interchangeable in that sense, but no, our corners are going to play corner and our safeties are going to play safety.”

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Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

A few weeks ago, running backs coach Randy Jordan floated a hypothetical out to his unit: If you could start a franchise with any guy, who would you pick?

Rob Kelley's answer was Adrian Peterson. And as fate would have it, Peterson is now a part of Kelley's franchise, a fact that has the third-year back floored. 

"I was kind of amazed," Kelley said on Tuesday, which was Peterson's first day as a 'Skin. "I have a opportunity to play with Adrian Peterson, it feels surreal."

Kapri Bibbs' reaction was much of the same.

"It's amazing having him in the building," he told reporters. "I couldn't hope for anything better."

Samaje Perine wasn't in a position to speak to the media by the time the locker room was closed, but at least in the eyes of Kelley and Bibbs, Peterson's arrival is something to embrace. It's not too often you get to go through drills and meetings with a guy who's going to have a bust in Canton sometime soon.

"I don't think there really is a cap to that," Bibbs answered when asked what he's hoping to pick up from Washington's new No. 26. "There's not too much you can learn from him."

"I got him here, what can I learn from him?" Kelley said in reponse to a similar question. "What can I gain from this situation? How can I make myself a better player by watching him?"

Bibbs revealed that Peterson is already "spilling information" to him, which lines up with Peterson saying at the podium in Ashburn he wants to come in and be a positive influence on the rest of the group.

However, Peterson also said in his presser that he "without a doubt" wants to be the starter, and if that does eventually happen, it'll come at the expense of someone else's spot on the roster or someone else's reps in a game, whether that be a Kelley, a Bibbs or a Perine.

That's not something that bothers two of the options already in the Burgundy and Gold's backfield, though.

"I'm always gonna come in every single day, regardless," Bibbs said when Peterson's resume and talents were brought up as something that could pressure him.

Kelley isn't stressed, either.

"Right now, I'm just putting my head down and working and trying to get better."

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Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Adrian Peterson wants to be a good teammate, but he also made clear that he came to the Redskins to compete for the starting running back job. 

"Without a doubt," Peterson said when asked if he wanted to start. "And I would be cheating myself if that wasn't my approach."

The legendary running back is right, of course. 

Elite athletes always want to be at the top, and that drive is what gets them there. Peterson has run for nearly 12,000 yards in his NFL career, and that doesn't happen by accident.

Coming to Washington presents a different challenge for Peterson. 

Unsigned until August 20th, Peterson ran for a career low 3.4 yards-per-carry last season in split time between the Saints and Cardinals. It's no sure thing he even makes the roster, let alone starts for the Redskins on September 9 when the season begins. 

Peterson, however, is confident he has more left in his legs. 

"I continue to work because at the end of the day I control my output. So that’s why I continue to work hard. I knew an opportunity would present itself. And at the end of the day, God’s willing, stay healthy, the guys up front stay healthy as well, I know that I’ll be able to contribute in a big way in the run game."

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