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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 2017 training camp preview—offense

Redskins 2017 training camp preview—offense

RICHMOND—The Redskins will assemble here tomorrow to get ready to get ready for the 2017 season. There are plenty of position competitions and other storylines. Here is a look at what we at CSN will be paying attention to, starting with the offense.

Kiss Cousins goodbye?

As everyone reading this knows, the Redskins quarterback did not agree to a long-term contract by the deadline last week and he will play out the season on the franchise tag. The situation will have a major impact next spring as free agency approaches but that’s to be sorted out in 2018. The question here is whether Cousins’ contract status will affect what takes place here in Richmond and as the season unfolds starting in September.

Some believe that it will be a major storyline and that it will be a distraction with media asking lots of questions and the possibility that Cousins’ thoughts will drift towards next year and his potential free agency.

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However, Cousins was in a similar position last year, when he played on the franchise tag for the first time. There was a flurry of questions at the start of training camp, Cousins answered them, and then they moved on. The rule that prohibits contract negotiations with a tagged player during the season had its intended effect. There was no buzz about the situation until the season was over.

This year the situation is ratcheted up a bit because of the high cost of the tags available to the Redskins next year. But Cousins is very good at deflecting questions about his contract status and he should be able to handle the scrutiny.

Changes at wide receiver

No team had ever lost two 1,000-yard receivers in the same offseason until the Redskins saw both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson depart as free agents in March. It means that Josh Doctson steps into a featured role and Terrelle Pryor will be expected to produce as well as he did in Cleveland last year, if not better.

The changes also mean that Jamison Crowder is likely to see more targets and holdovers Maurice Harris and Ryan Grant could see increased roles. It all will be sorted out in training camp starting on Thursday.

Further down the depth chart, can sixth-round rookie Robert Davis get up to speed soon enough to justify a roster spot? And can veteran Brian Quick rebound from some shaky offseason practices to claim a slot on the 53?

Two-back attack?

Last year Rob Kelley worked his way up from being an overlooked, undrafted free agent rookie to being the starting running back. This year, Samaje Perine comes in as a fourth-round pick with an eye on taking the job away from Kelley.

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It is likely that Kelley, who is a favorite of Jay Gruden’s, will be the Week 1 starter. Still, it would not be surprising if Perine led the team in carries and rushing yards in several games as the season unfolds, perhaps more.

Meanwhile, Mack Brown and Keith Marshall (if he can stay healthy) will compete for the fourth running back job—if the team decides to keep that many. They only kept three coming out of camp last year.

O-line stability

The same five starters will line up for the second year in a row. There’s really nothing to see here unless Arie Kouandjio can make a big push and move into Shawn Lauvao’s spot at left guard.

There is some intrigue about the backup center spot. If rookie Chase Roullier can’t get up to speed they may have to look at the waiver wire.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins Playbook: 5 forgotten names to remember for training camp

Redskins Playbook: 5 forgotten names to remember for training camp

When the Redskins open training camp in Richmond on Thursday, fans will line up to get autographs from Kirk Cousins, Josh Norman and Jordan Reed. Plenty of other players will excite the fans too as optimism rules the first few days of practice in July and August. 

ROSTER BATTLES: Left guard | Tight end Nickel cornerback  | Inside linebacker | Running back

There are other players that fans probably won't scream their names, but who could play a role or fight for a roster spot this fall. Winning in the NFL is almost nearly as dependent on the final 10 players on the roster as it is the first five. Depth is key, and here are a few players that fans might have forgotten about. 

  • RB Keith Marshall - The speedster out of Georgia has a wildly impressive resume - on paper - but just can't stay healthy. In college he started ahead of Todd Gurley for a time, now considered one of the best RBs in the NFL for the Rams. Marshall landed on the injured reserve last year as a rookie but looked healthy and capable at Redskins Park this offseason during OTAs and minicamp. The running back position looks quite full, but if Marshall can show his elite speed and make it through four preseason games, he just might push Mack Brown for a roster spot. 
  • LB Martrell Spaight - A tackling machine in college at Arkansas, Spaight missed most of his rookie season in 2015 before appearing in 14 games last season. Bad luck struck again, and he finished the year on the IR. With the addition of Zach Brown to the interior linebackers, Spaight might have a tough battle for a roster spot. Will Compton, Mason Foster and Brown all seem certain to make the team. Spaight could also start the year on the PUP list, which might be the surest way to stay on the Redskins.
  • LB Chris Carter - Signed as a free agent this year, the journeyman Carter has played for six teams in six years and looks poised to play the special teams role that Terence Garvin took on last year. If Carter makes the roster, that means trouble for Spaight. 
  • DL Anthony Lanier - An undrafted rookie in 2016 that didn't see much game action, Lanier has really impressed coaches with his work ethic this offseason. He has great size at 6-foot-6 and added about 20 pounds of muscle since the season ended, which should allow him the strength to handle the trenches. Lanier could be a sneaky important player this fall for Washington. 
  • S Will Blackmon - D.J. Swearinger and Su'a Cravens look to be the starting safeties for the Redskins in 2017. Swearinger has a proven track record in the NFL secondary, Cravens does not, but showed the ability to do so in college at USC. After those two, and with DeAngelo Hall on the PUP list, the Redskins lack much depth or experience in the defensive backfield. That's where Blackmon should help. A versatile veteran, Blackmon has the speed to keep up with most wideouts and is one of the more cerebral players on the defense. 

Bonus: RB Matt Jones - He might want off the Redskins roster, but that hasn't happened yet. If the team sustains any injuries at the running back position, Jones' fortunes could change quickly. 

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