Meriweather aims to play vs. Carolina

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Meriweather aims to play vs. Carolina

Brandon Meriweather said Wednesday that he’s getting closer to making his long-awaited season debut for the Redskins.

“I’m going to go out there, give it my all and see if I can help the team in any way I can,” said the veteran safety, who sprained his left knee in the preseason, then aggravated the injury during a freak pregame collision with a teammate in Week 4. 

Meriweather returned to practice last Wednesday, but did not participate in the sessions on Thursday and Friday because of soreness in the joint.

“It was more of us just being cautious,” he said. “We don’t want to reinjure something. We have a long season in front of us and we know that. We want to make sure when I come back, it’s not just for one game, it’s for the rest of the season.”

When healthy, it’s expected that Meriweather could help shore up a scuffling Redskins’ pass defense that's allowed a league-worst 2,514 yards through the air and 19 passing touchdowns.

But only when he’s healthy. And that, according to Meriweather, is what he’s hoping to gauge during the next three practices. 

“Am I ready to play yet?” Meriweather said. “That’s something I hope to figure out this week.”

If he feels a twinge, Meriweather acknowledged that it might make sense to wait until after the bye week, which follows Sunday’s game against Cam Newton, Steve Smith and the Panthers.

“I’m going to go out and push it a little bit and see where it goes from there,” he added. “If it goes good, maybe you all will see me out there this week. If it goes bad, I’ll be out another week.”

Redskins intend to be cautious with Kendall Fuller

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Redskins intend to be cautious with Kendall Fuller

Kendall Fuller could be held out until training camp later this summer as he recovers from a knee injury that cut short his junior season, Jay Gruden said.

The Redskins selected the Virginia Tech cornerback in the third round (84th overall) on Friday night.

“We feel good about his progression from his injury,” Gruden said at Redskins Park. “We think he’s going to miss rookie minicamp [next month], but there’s a chance he could be back for the OTAs [in late May]."

Gruden added: “Worst-case scenario, we think he’ll be back for training camp [in late July].”

Fuller suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee last preseason. He attempted to play through the injury for three games before opting for surgery. As it turned out, though, he injury required a season-ending microfracture procedure.

The operation was performed by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who is also a senior medical consultant to the Redskins.

Asked if the relationship with Andrews helped the team make its decision on Fuller, Gruden downplayed the connection.

“I think every team has that information on the kid, and we felt good about his recovery,” Gruden said. “We really do. We know he’s a hard worker. We know where he is in his rehab. We’ll get him down here and help him along the way. But he’s a hard worker and he’s going to get himself ready to go.”

Gruden added: “He was too talented of a player to pass up. He can play nickel, obviously, which is a big hope for him. He can play outside. He’s got great natural football instincts at the nickel or corner position. Obviously you got great bloodlines, and I think it’s a great pick."

McCloughan bulks up secondary by drafting Fuller

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McCloughan bulks up secondary by drafting Fuller

After the Redskins signed Josh Norman, Scot McCloughan told everyone that he would not hesitate to draft another cornerback this week.

Nobody really believed him. But he made believers out of everybody in the third round tonight when he took Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller.

He immediately jumps into a cornerback depth chart that has gone from shaky to strong in the last week. Norman and Bashaud Breeland will be the starters. Fuller could come in for nickel situations. Chris Culliver is still on the mend from a knee injury he suffered last November and his status for training cap is very much up in the air. Second-year player Quinton Dunbar will work

Spinning it forward to 2017, Fuller should be able to fit in with Breeland and Norman to form a formidable starting group of cornerbacks.

Many had Fuller rated as a first-round talent before he suffered a knee injury last season. Even after that, some thought he might be talented enough to be worth a late second- or early third-round pick. Fuller is a solid value as a late third-round pick.

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Redskins draft Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller in the third round

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Redskins draft Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller in the third round

Scot McCloughan continued to bolster the Redskins' secondary late Friday, selecting cornerback Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech in the third round.

Fuller, who is listed at 5 foot 11, 187-pounds, recorded eight interceptions for the Hokies during his first two seasons in Blacksburg, Va. A knee injury, however, cut short his 2015 season, limiting him to three games as junior. 

He'll become the fourth Fuller brother to play in the NFL, joining Corey, Kyle and Vincent. He's also joins fellow Hokies DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett in Washington's secondary.

More important, though, Fuller becomes the second significant addition to the Redskins' remodeled defensive backfield, joining All-Pro corner Josh Norman, who was signed to a five-year, $75 million contract a week ago today. 

Before attending Virginia Tech, Fuller also played at Good Counsel High in Olney, Md.

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