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3-and-out: Redskins vs. Bears


3-and-out: Redskins vs. Bears

At 1-4, the Redskins have all but used up their mulligans. And while they probably don’t need to win out, they certainly need to pull off a few upsets along the way. Which brings us to Sunday’s game against Jay Cutler, Devin Hester and the Chicago Bears.

Here are three story lines I’ll be keeping an eye on:

1st down - Robert Griffin III rushed for 77 yards on nine carries last Sunday night in Dallas. It was RG3’s most productive game on the ground since Week 11 of last season and his rushing total was five more yards than he gained in the previous four games combined. But Griffin couldn’t get it done with his arm, completing only 49-percent of his passes. Will this be the week Griffin puts it all together? The Redskins’ hopes could be depending on it. “It’s a matter of miscommunications, some missed throws in there, some dropped passes,” Griffin said of his completion percentage (59.8) for the season. “All that accumulates into what the stats says. It’s a long year and we have a chance to make sure those numbers do get back up. And we’ll make sure it does."

2nd down — The Redskins’ porous coverage units couldn’t stop the Cowboys’ Dwayne Harris, who took back a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and returned a kickoff 90 yards. And without special teams’ ace Bryan Kehl who suffered a season-ending knee injury, the unit’s challenge will be even more daunting Sunday as the Redskins attempt to corral three-time Pro Bowl returner Devin Hester, who is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball. “He’s probably licking fingers,” special teamer Niles Paul said of Hester. “It’s a great challenge for us as a special teams unit. We have to step up and be big.”

3rd down — In addition to losing Kehl, the Redskins will also be without long snapper Nick Sundberg for the balance of the 2013 season. But the team did get some good news regarding David Amerson. The rookie cornerback suffered a concussion Sunday but he said on Wednesday that his symptoms are not serious and that he felt “fine.” He was limited in practice but there’s a good chance he’ll be on the field against the Bears. That’s huge. Amerson is the Redskins’ No. 3 corner—and the Bears have four pass catchers on pace for 75 or more receptions. “He had no side effects,” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “So hopefully he’ll be okay tomorrow.”

Extra point - Wide receiver Santana Moss needs only 71 yards to become only the seventh active player to accumulate 10,000 yards in his career. The 34-year-old also needs only four catches to pass Gary Clark for third on the Redskins’ all-time list.

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Andre Roberts has actually been productive for the Lions this season

Andre Roberts has actually been productive for the Lions this season

Redskins fans, the following sentence may cause your jaw to drop so hard, it will break through the floor of wherever you are, and maybe even break through the floor below that one, too: Andre Roberts has been a nice role player for the Detroit Lions so far this year.

Is the ex-Redskin, whom many fans dubbed "Dropberts" because he wasn't exactly the most sure-handed receiver to come through town, setting the league ablaze with his performance? No, not even close.

But Roberts has done very well as a punt returner for the 3-3 Lions (his major highlight being an 85-yard score versus the Bears) and, last week, hauled in one heck of a touchdown catch against the Rams.

Here are those two plays (no, the man you're about to see in the two videos isn't someone else who just so happens to be named Andre Roberts. It is in fact the same Andre Roberts who played for the Redskins in 2014 and 2015):

Is the legendary Andre Roberts Revenge Game about to be upon us? It's almost time to find out.


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Barry: Fuller very 'football mature', credits Virginia Tech

Barry: Fuller very 'football mature', credits Virginia Tech

Last year the Redskins got some quality defensive snaps from Kyshoen Jarrett, a rookie defensive back out of Virginia Tech. He was a valued member of the defense but it appears that his career has been derailed by a severe neck injury.

They may have found another Hokie who can fill at least some of the role that Jarrett filled last year. Third-round pick Kendall Fuller started off slowly as he nursed an injured knee back to health. He was inactive the first three games and then he came in at nickel cornerback in Week 4 and it looks like it will be hard for anyone to push him out of the lineup. Last week, in fact, Jay Gruden said as much.

“I think he’s going to be a nickel here for a long time,” said Gruden. “Yes, we love the way he plays. I love his work ethic.”

This week, Joe Barry was even more expansive in his praise of the rookie and of the program that produced both Jarrett and Fuller.

“You know, I’m going to give Virginia Tech a little plug right here because I said the same thing about Kyshoen Jarrett last year,” said the Redskins defensive coordinator. “He was just very mature, very football savvy, and Kendall is absolutely in the same mold. He is a rookie. He’s obviously young, that’s obvious. But he’s very mature for his age, football mature I’m talking about.”

What does he mean by “football mature”?

“Very detailed, asks great questions,” said Barry. “You know, the biggest thing, playing any position but especially playing DB and specifically the nickel corner, you’ve got have a plan every week on how you attack the guy that you play based on what type of player that is, and usually young guys don’t get that. Usually young guys say, ‘Oh, I get the call, I’ve got to play the call.’ You know, ‘I’ve got to play my leverage, I’ve got to do my job.’ But you learn as you’re in this league, you’ve got to approach every single wide receiver different. And it’s cool that Kendall already understands that.”

Fuller had some good background coming into the NFL. He went to Virginia Tech, know and “DB University” for producing a number of NFL corners and safeties including Fuller’s three older brothers. He has been exposed to NFL-level defensive back savvy since his older brother Vincent was drafted by the Titans in 2005.

Vincent played until 2011. Kendall would be seeing his brother Corey playing for the Lions on Sunday but Corey is on the PUP list with foot injury. Kyle Fuller of the Bears also is on the shelf, sent to IR after getting a knee scoped. So for the time being, Kendall is the only active Fuller in the league. But he carries the benefit of growing up in an NFL family.

“He already really gets it and that’s why I talk about his awareness, his savviness, his instincts, whatever you want to call it,” said Barry. “He has that and it’s really neat.”