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Kevin Barnes Notable Quotables

Kevin Barnes Notable Quotables

On how excited he is to be a Washington Redskin:

"I love the area, being that I played right down the street. My mom's not too far away. It's really an honor to play for such a passionate organization. So, I am very proud to be a Redskin right now."

 

On if he had any indication he would be chosen early today:

"I wasn't sure. They said late second, early-to-mid third, so I was just sitting there waiting and then Washington picked me. They called me right before it came across the screen. Here I am now."

 

On his reaction when the Washington Redskins called:

"I saw the number and it wasn't stored in my phone so I knew it had to be something good. I was pretty much speechless. I wasn't really expecting them to pick me. I hadn't really talked to them too much in the process. From what I've talked to my former teammates, that's how it usually happens. The team that you don't really talk to the most has the most interest in you."

 

On what he knows about the Redskins situation at cornerback:

"I know they signed DeAngelo (Hall). I know Carlos (Rogers) is on the last year of his deal. (Fred) Smoot, he's getting a little bit older. I'm ready to get in there and compete as soon as possible. I'm trying to have an immediate impact."

 

On what he does well at the cornerback position:

"I feel like I compete with anybody. I'm a big corner, but I also move like a smaller guy. It's not like I'm a big guy who is a very long-strider, not very quick. I am very quick also. So I feel like, being a big corner, I can compete with the big receivers and move with the smaller receivers too. Having a great set of receivers on the team it helped me more in practice just getting reps with them."

 

On the injury to his shoulder last season:

"I was going for a hit and just got hit in an awkward part of my shoulder, the back of my shoulder. It was diagnosed as a fracture in my shoulder blade. They inserted a pin in. I think this happened the second week of October and I had the surgery the last weekend of October and I've just been rehabbing. Actually, by the time we were practicing for our bowl, because we played our bowl in Boise, I was actually practicing again, but they weighed my options and said, 'It would probably be best for you to not play in this game because your career is on the line. We don't want you to get hurt again.' I've been healthy for a while now."

 

On if the pin is still in his shoulder:

"Yeah, it's real small. It's nothing that is going to affect me at all. I've been checked out by several doctors. Everything will be fine. I will be back to normal."

 

On if he was worried about his future when the shoulder injury occurred:

"I had to weigh my options. The initial doctor told me I would be out five to six months and when I heard that I was initially panicking a little bit because I realized if I was out five to six months I wouldn't be able to compete in the combine or anything. I went and got a second opinion and he told me two to three months. I've always been a fast healer, throughout my whole life, so I personally took a few weeks off that myself because I knew I was going to rehab hard and just naturally a good healer. I'm not going to regret anything. My last hit, even though I got hurt, I caused the guy to fumble. I have to look at it that way, put a smile on my face."

 

On if he thinks his injury caused him to drop in the draft:

"Any injury I feel definitely causes a drop in the draft a little bit. Sometimes you fall into the right place and I feel like I fell right into the right situation, the best situation for me."

 

On if he has talked with former Terrapin Stephon Heyer:

"I see him around every once in a while, but I am pretty sure we will hang out a lot more now that I am a part of the family. He's a great guy."

 

On what he thinks about the Washington Redskins:

"I definitely know that they are one of the most passionate organizations, if not the most passionate, in the NFL. They go out there and they look for the best talent. They are great evaluators of talent and they do whatever it takes to get a winning team. I really feel like with the new coaching staff that came in last year they are on the right track. I just hope to be the last part to that puzzle."

 

On which NFL team he grew up rooting for:

"See now, that's a funny question because I grew up partly in North Carolina, because my parents are in the military. The Carolina Panthers weren't in North Carolina at that time, so my family was actually Cowboys fans. So I actually grew up a Cowboys fan for a while, but the more I got into football, the more I started appreciating good teams and good players. Initially, the first team I liked was the Cowboys, so how ironic that I would go to the Redskins, but I love to be a Redskin. I've been telling people that for months because everybody was telling me, 'You're going to the Redskins.' I was like, 'Hey, I love the area, so, I would definitely love to be a part of it."

 

On if his parents are still in the military:

"No, they are both government employees in D.C., so they are nearby. My mom, she works for the US National Physical Disability Agency and my dad, he is a U.S. Park policeman."

 

On what NFL players does he look up to:

"Asante Samuel, he is just a great playmaker. He is a winner. Champ Bailey, every year he is dominating. Even DeAngelo (Hall). We trained in the same place in the combine and I've seen all his records and how explosive he is and how physical of a player he is from watching him on TV. Not one player I would say, but I appreciate what everybody can do."

 

On what bigger corners in the NFL does he compare to:

"Champ Bailey is about 6'1". Antontio Cromartie from San Deigo, he is about 6'2", 6'3" and he moves like a cat. So I definitely watch his game. He is definitely a playmaker. Al Harris from Green Bay. Charles Woodson from Green Bay also. They are big corners."

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Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: 5 things to know with Jordan Reed out

Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: 5 things to know with Jordan Reed out

The Redskins moved the ball well against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but continued red zone woes again sent Washington home with a loss. While the late November schedule proved brutal for the 'Skins, playing two games in five days, now the Redskins come to Arizona for an early December game with fresh legs and ample rest. Played indoors at University of Phoenix Stadium, weather will not be a factor for the 4 p.m. EST kick, but all the action starts on CSN with Redskins Kickoff at 3 p.m. Here are five storylines to watch:

  1. Keep it moving - Kirk Cousins showed he likes to get hot in the second half of the season during 2015. The quarterback's play late last year won the 'Skins the NFC East, and while a division title is out of reach with the Cowboys already at 11 wins, Cousins again looks to be on a heater. In three games since the bye, Cousins has thrown for more than 1,000 yards to go with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. The No. 1 story for the 'Skins is Cousins, and if he keeps his hot streak going, Washington should find itself in position to win in Arizona.
  2. Missing in action - This will be the final game of a four-game suspension for left tackle Trent Williams, and the Washington offensive line has performed admirably in his absence. Arguably more important this week will be the absence of tight end Jordan Reed, who suffered a serious shoulder injury in Dallas. What's wild about Reed - he came back to play in the second half against the Cowboys - and score two touchdowns - while playing with a separated shoulder. Reed did not practice this week, and Jay Gruden said his range of motion in the shoulder is just too limited to go against the Cardinals. 
  3. Consider the source - The Redskins offense might be the most potent group in this game, but Washington would be foolish to sleep on the Cardinals. Arizona was widely considered a Super Bowl contender coming into the season, and though they are in the midst of a disappointing year at 4-6-1, a win against the Skins could get the Cards back on the playoff track. Arizona running back David Johnson is the 3rd leading rusher in the NFL with 921 yards on the ground, not to mention an additional 613 yards receiving. Gruden on Johnson, "He is probably the best all-around back there is in the National Football League right now as far as being able to move outside, be a great route runner but also run between the tackles and run outside with his speed. So it’s going to be a matchup problem." Defensively, the Redskins ranks 25th in the NFL at stopping the run. Watch out for David Johnson.
  4. Problems don't just go away - Look at just about any metric on the Redskins offense, and the results are impressive: No. 2 in yards-per-game, No. 2 in yards-per-play, No. 2 in pass yards-per-game. But for all the yards, the 'Skins don't score at a corresponding clip as they rank 9th in the NFL in points. The culprit? Red zone troubles. "There are so many good things we’re doing on offense to put a damper on what they’re doing offensively with the red zone. It’s hard to do, but it’s something that is a glaring weakness of this football team right now," Gruden said of his team. The best road to wins for the Redskins is by scoring, ideally at least 30 points, and that will require some success inside the 20s.
  5. The harder they fall - If the Arizona offense has an Achilles heel, it's their offensive line. Carson Palmer has been sacked 16 times in the Cards last four games, and the 'Skins need to focus on bringing Palmer down. Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy - who will be playing in his hometown - have been the leaders at getting sacks for Joe Barry's defense, and Preston Smith could be in line for another big game. Getting to Carson Palmer should be among the defense's top priorities, as that can slow Larry Fitzgerald and the Cards pass game.

Numbers & Notes:

  • DeSean Jackson's 67-yard reception in Dallas was a season long and his longest since a 77-yard touchdown vs. Buffalo in Week 15 of the 2015 season.
  • Kirk Cousins' 3,540 passing yards in 2016 now rank 10th-most in a single season in team history, and he still has five games left to play.
  • The Redskins offense ranks first in the NFL in percentage of fewest 3-and-out drives at 9.5 percent.
  • If Pierre Garçon can gain 137 receiving yards on Sunday, he will pass Michael Westbrook for 10th-most career receiving yards in team history.
  • With nine sacks, Ryan Kerrigan is one sack away from becoming the fifth member of the Redskins (Dexter Manley, 4; Charles Mann, 4; Andre Carter, 2; Brian Orakpo, 2) to post multiple 10-sack seasons since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982.

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Enemy Intel: Sunday games have playoff implications galore for Redskins

Enemy Intel: Sunday games have playoff implications galore for Redskins

As the Cowboys take their long week off after consecutive Thursday games the Redskins, Giants, Eagles, and other wild card contenders are in action. Here is Tandler’s weekly Redskins-centric spin around the NFL.

—The Giants are on a six-game winning streak and while that’s not easy to do against any level of competition it needs to be pointed out that their slate was squishy-soft with the last five wins coming against teams that currently have losing records. Now things get real with a trip to play the Steelers and a home date against the Cowboys. I’m not really sure how good the Giants are but if they split these two games I’ll be more impressed with them than I am now.

—The 5-6 Eagles travel to play the Bengals, who are just about out of contention for a sixth straight playoff appearance at 3-7-1. In fact, the Eagles might be just about out of it, too. Their big problem is 3-6 conference record, which puts them behind several other wild card contenders in this tiebreaker. It’s important because that is the second tiebreaker behind head to head. It’s better for the Redskins if the Bengals win but it probably won’t matter much. The consensus in Philadelphia seems to be that the Eagles are a rebuilding team that got off to a hot start, kindling some unrealistic hopes and expectations for the rest of 2016.

—The team is the hottest pursuit of the Redskins is the Buccaneers, who travel to San Diego to play a game that starts at the same time as Washington-Arizona. The Chargers are 5-6 but they are buried in last in the tough AFC West. This game is a coin flip. Redskins fans should root for the Chargers. If the Bucs lose, the Redskins would still hold the second wild card at the end of the day even if they should lose to the Cardinals.

—The 5-6 Saints are on the fringes of the wild card picture. They host the Lions, who are leading the NFC North by a game and a half over the Vikings and two games over the Packers. It’s probably best if the Lions win, which would just about eliminate the Saints. Still, there is a scenario where the Lions go into a minor tailspin, lose the division to either the Packers or Vikings but have a good enough record to take the second wild card. So like with most games within the NFC until the dust settles some more, there is some upside and some downside no matter which team wins.

—That scenario where the Lions fade from the division lead become a whole lot less likely if the Texans can go to Green Bay and beat the Packers. This is an interconference game so it’s an easy call to pull for Houston.

—Seattle, with a three-game lead in the NFC West, hosts the Panthers, who are on the outer fringe of the wild card race at 4-7. Another loss likely would ensure that Carolina won’t be able to defend its NFC title. This isn’t a pivotal game but probably better if the Seahawks win to end it for the wounded but potentially dangerous Panthers.

—My one loss last week was the Seahawks giving 5.5 on the road to the Bucs. I won with the Saints over the Rams and the Falcons over the Cardinals. This week I’m giving the Seahawks another go, giving 7 to the Panthers, and I’m taking the Patriots -13.5 against the Rams (the loss of Gronk doesn’t do much to equalize these teams) and the Saints giving 6 to the Lions.

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