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  1. April 7, 2020 Head Coach Ron Rivera Opening statement: “Just real quick, guys. Before we get started, I just want to make sure that everybody understands that we send our best wishes to Bobby Mitchell’s family. He was a guy that was a tremendous force in this league. Pretty much a trendsetter and pretty much a guy that really helped break boundaries. He was one of those iconic players. Just so everybody knows, we’re sending our prayers and thoughts to his family.” On T Trent Williams: “For the most part guys, it’s one of those situations where we’ve started the process, and during this process, we’ve had several conversations with both Trent and his agent. Being respectful in this situation, we’re not going to really get into details about that for the most part. We are still trying to do that. And again, we’re not quite sure what’s going to happen at the end of the line. He is a player under contract. He is a Washington Redskin, and we’re going to leave it at that and just see how things unfold.” On trading CB Quinton Dunbar and releasing S Montae Nicholson: “I think the biggest part in the Quinton Dunbar decision really was after having met with him and having conversations, I just felt that as the situation progressed, he was looking for something that we weren’t prepared to give and that was a new contract. He had a year left on his contract. We didn’t know him and just felt that because of that situation and circumstances – his agent and his attitude just didn’t seem to change. We just felt that we were going to move in another direction, so we decided to move on. We felt good about the fact that we got what he was valued. Fair value for a college free agent player that came out and had played well. He played a limited number of snaps, unfortunately, because the injuries he’s had the last couple years. But that’s why we felt good about the value we got. We believe he’s a quality football player and wanted him to be here. Again, as I said not knowing players, not knowing how they fit or how they’re going to fit into your system. That’s kind of a tough thing to restructure somebody’s contract and give them a new deal. We just felt it was time to move on. Montae, in light of the situations that came up the past couple years, we felt a fresh start for him and for us was probably the best thing to do.” On the team’s free agency approach: “What we were looking to do was fill needs. You look at the things and the guys that we have, and I can show you simple examples: Bringing in a guy like [LB] Thomas Davis. I felt like there was a need for a guy that understands the culture that I wanted to develop up here. Thomas fit that, but Thomas is also very productive. I know him personally because he was on my football team in Carolina for eight seasons. I watched him last year with the Chargers. I thought he did an excellent job, still plays at a very high level. I thought he’d come in and help out with a little bit of that veteran leadership on the defensive side. They are a very young group of guys. But more so, more importantly for me is a guy that can help share my ideas, what my belief in culture is, and I think that can help get the message across. I can go down the list of guys. I’ve got my list here just so you guys can see where we are. We felt [LB] Jon Bostic was a guy we wanted to bring him back because he’s a guy that helped lead the defense. He was the MIKE linebacker for these guys for the most part. I believe he has the kind of tools to help lead that group. He’s a very popular player amongst his teammates, so there’s a guy that’s going to add some continued leadership. We went out and got [CB] Kendall Fuller back. Here’s a guy that has position flex in terms of he can play the outside corner position. You can bring him inside. He can come in and play the nickel or play the matchup game. If you get into a situation or dire restraints, he can play free safety for you. We feel good about him as a corner and as a nickel for us as well. We think he’s got some very good value for us as far as we’re concerned. Sean Davis is a guy that we liked at free safety. We think he’s a guy that’s going to come in, compete to be the starter. He’s a guy that we think can match very well with the guys that we have in the secondary already. We feel very strongly about him. And then, you know, we added some other pieces to the puzzle that we just felt that we needed, guys that were going to come in, that were hungry, that were going to compete. One of the things that we tried to do when I was in Carolina, we looked at guys and I.D. guys that were on the cusp of becoming a solid starters. Not a flash in the pan type guy that you’re hoping for, but a guy who’s done it steadily over a couple of years. We I.D. a few of those guys and we went out and brought those guys in and had them become a part of our football team. We feel good about the young guys. We feel good about some of the veteran guys. We think it’s a good mix right now. Again, as we develop and grow, it’s not going to happen overnight. That’s one of the things that we feel we have more time to be patient and develop these guys.” On his level of concern for not being in the building now and for the remainder of the Draft process: “Well I’ll be honest with you, nine years ago, I went through the same thing with the lockout in terms of not getting to work with guys. It was a whole different set of circumstances in this world right now and we have a whole new normal. But just having gone through it at one point and time and just kind of saying, ‘OK, at least the one thing we’re going to be able to do once we get the clearance from the League and from the NFLPA, we’ll be able to start working with our players virtually and then we’ll go from there.’ I’m not too concerned because I’ve kind of gone through this and just knowing that the best thing we can do is be able to work with our guys virtually to make sure we make contact with them as soon as we are and just follow all the rules as to what our time frame is going to be with each player and the positions and the groups. The biggest thing is to just be ready when the time comes to get back on the field with them. If it’s some time in late May or June or heck, not until training camp and whenever that is. I’m not overly concerned because I’ve gone through it. I just think the most important thing is to be prepared and be ready and get a jump on it when you get the opportunity. As far as the Draft is concerned, it’s interesting. I was watching the CBS Morning Show and it’s just kind of neat to watch how they’re doing it. I was thinking to myself this morning, ‘You know what, that’s kind of the way we’re going to have to approach it is the way that they’re doing it.’ They’re going in and out and they’re talking to the different reporters doing their different things and then going back to the main folks and they’re doing their talking. I kind of imagine that’s what we’re trying to hope to have as far as that’s concerned. If that’s what we can do and kind of show everybody that you can function within the guidelines being set by the CDC and the federal government and the state government in terms of being safe, then great. Hopefully we can do that.” On WR Amari Cooper and TE Austin Hooper: “Amari was someone that we chased very hard all the way up to the very end. He decided to return to Dallas. We were in it and we were talking about the substantial money. But at the end of the day, he made a decision he felt was best for him and we respect it. That’s a tough one. We would’ve loved to have him as part of what we’re trying to do. We believe he would’ve been a great veteran presence in the room, especially for those young guys that played last year and had success with this football team. We would’ve felt good about having a veteran guy like that who’s had success in this league as part of what you’re trying to do. The Austin Hooper thing is we really weren’t in it as much as it’s been portrayed by a lot of people. The truth of the matter is he set the market as far as tight ends were concerned, and that’s something we most certainly weren’t prepared to do. We wanted to get into it, but again, once that money climbed very high and very quickly for him and good for him, we decided to move on.” On signing players with injury histories like S Sean Davis and CB Ronald Darby: “Well I think the biggest thing is these are guys that had success, limited success in terms of being healthy and being on the field. But when they have been on the field, they’ve been very good and that’s the thing that we like. We think Sean’s a guy that’s on the cusp. He’s a guy that’s probably ready to take the next step. We had a guy named Mike Mitchell when I was in Carolina. He was a guy we found in Oakland and we signed him, brought him in and had him be a part of our team and low and behold, he blew it up. He had a great year and ended up signing a big contract going to Pittsburgh. That’s kind of what we’re hoping for with a guy like Sean is the kind of guy that wants to come in and be a part of what you’re trying to do and can grow into it and hopefully get him resigned and get him taken care of as we go forward. Ronald Darby is a guy I like in terms of he’s got a good skillset. He’s very quick. He’s got a quick twitch. He plays with vision. Some of the things that we want to do are going to give him an opportunity to have success because he is going to play through the receiver to the quarterback with vision. His anticipation is tremendous. He’s a guy that we’re really excited about just because of the success he’s had. Granted, he’s had an injury history, but we’d like to be able to hopefully keep him on the field as much as possible because we just think he creates real positive matchups for us. We like what we’ve done in terms of bringing him in and bringing [Kendall] Fuller in as guys that can match up and move with guys that we currently have on the roster as well. We feel good about that group.” On doing research for the Draft without attending Pro Days: “That’s where you’re going to rely on your scouts. Those guys that have been watching the last three years. You will rely heavily on their opinions. I have a lot of trust and belief in what [Vice President of Player Personnel] Kyle [Smith] and our college scouts have been doing. I had a chance to be around those guys when we were at the Combine. I really loved the way that they handled things. I listened to them talk about the players currently that are on the board. We’re actually going to get started tomorrow with our positional coach readings in terms of they’ll be reading what they now saw on the tape. Now, we’ll rely on the coaches’ point-of-view, their perspective of how these players play, what their skillsets are and whether or not we believe they’ll fit into our systems. It’s not just about being a great football player, but you’ve also got to be a guy that is part of the fit because a lot of times, all you go off of is their numbers not off of their football ability, whether or not their football ability will transfer into fitting into your system or style of play. You’ve got to be really smart and diligent about that. We feel good about that. We’re going to find out just how good we are in terms of being able to evaluate, whether it’s from the college scouts perspective or from the positional coach perspective. It’s a little bit of going back to the way it used to be done. So, we’re challenged with that. Like I said, I’m excited. I really do think Kyle Smith has done a tremendous job the last few drafts, just looking at the young talent he’s brought in.” On a competition between QBs Kyle Allen and Dwayne Haskins Jr.: “I think it will be a good competition I really do, mostly because having been around Kyle for two seasons I’ve kind of watched him interact with the quarterbacks that were in the room. You know he was in the room with a very strong personality in Cam Newton and Kyle handled himself tremendously. And we had Taylor Heinicke and he was Taylor’s understudy. I just know what kind of person he is, and just feel that he’s the kind of guy that’s going to go into this, he’s not threatened by anything. What he’s really concerned about is doing the best job he can and if he ends up starting and being the guy, great, he’ll be fired up about it. And if he’s not, he’s in the backup role, he’ll be fired up about that as well. I mean he’s the right kind of person for that room and that’s what I felt really strongly about and that’s why we were able to make the deal with Carolina to bring him in. He’s got that real good sense about him, that being part of something is better than being an individual.” On the tight end position: “Well I think there’s a lot to explore. It’s one of those things that in the system you love to have a guy with Greg Olsen type of ability, who is a primary ball catcher, a guy that goes out and finds the hole, finds the crease, can separate when the ball is in the air at the right time, and that’s one of the things that Greg Olsen did very, very well for us. You know Logan Thomas is a guy that we see some glimpses of that type of athletic ability. Pete Hoener our tight end coach felt very strongly about this guy’s abilities, mostly because he thought he was a very smart and savvy football player, he’s a tremendous athlete. And he’s just learning and getting the position right now. Remember he is a converted quarterback, a guy that has a skillset that is a little unique because of his understanding of the way offenses work. We brought in Richard Rodgers, a guy that has had success when he was in Green Bay playing with Aaron Rodgers. I got to know Aaron a little bit and one thing Aaron always thought that this was the kind of guy who was a safety valve, a go to guy, that just knew how to get himself open in position and I can also say every time we played against Green Bay, Richard had a good game. He’s another guy that we just feel that can come in and compete and be a part of what we’re trying to do. This offense is a multi-personnel offense, we’re not going to just sit there in eleven personnel, three wide-receivers or ten wide-receivers, we’re going to go back and forth. We’re going to go with one tight end, two tight ends, three tight ends type of offense, so having multiple tight ends on your roster is going to be very beneficial to you so these guys we all believe are going to fit. We like the guys that were here to begin with. And again, we look forward to getting them ready.” On the potential of targeting a tight end in the draft: “Well it is a position we like. Can we target them? Yeah we could, but we also feel that there are some other positions in this draft that are available that would really fit some needs for us as well. Again, all options are open to us when it comes to each of those rounds that we’re picking in. Obviously we don’t have the second round pick which has a little bit of a hole in it, but having the first and the third and having in the early third is still a very valuable pick so we feel we could fill a couple of really good needs with our first and third round pick. So we’re excited about it, looking forward to it, so we’ll see how it all unfolds.” On how working from home is going for him: “You know the one thing that I can say is, my family and I we packed up and moved last week. I had a lot of dead time here. We had the house here in Virginia. I was here by myself, we had no TVs. Nothing has been hooked up, it was hooked up yesterday for the first time. So really all I had was my laptop, my iPad, and all the video tape that they sent me so I’ve been working on that. I finished my reviews, I got all of my write ups ready to go and as I mentioned earlier, we will start our coaches readings tomorrow. We will work, I believe five straight days with the coaches trying to get through all of their readings in terms of our preparation. Kyle and I and a couple of other guys will talk about the board and the way that it’s set, Kyle’s got it set preliminarily, it’s just an interesting setting the way it is. The way that we’re doing it is a little bit different than the way that I’ve done in the past, but it’s something I actually enjoy, just a different way of things being done. It’s going to be interesting, I really do like the process, the way it’s been mapped out. I just think we’re getting some pretty good insight. And as I said also, we’re going to rely on our scouts to give us their evaluations, these guys that they’ve been watching for a period of time. And then we’re going to have to rely on the coaches and make sure that their evaluations are really about the fit, whether this guy can play in the system that we have or not.” On bringing players in on short-term contracts: “There are opportunities to prove it. A lot of times guys will come in, you offer guys certain things and they’ll look at, ‘what happens if I perform, what if I do my job, what if I’m great and I’m locked into a little bit longer contract.’ A lot of these guys want to come in and say, ‘Hey give me an opportunity to compete, let me prove myself.’ Then, we’ll see which I think is great. I love that guys are betting on themselves, that they’re going to come in and prove that they belong, that they deserve an extensive contract. So again, that’s what we’re trying to do is find out who fits us. A lot of these guys are up for the challenge, so I’m pretty excited about that. Sometimes, you need to fill the void. By bringing in some of the guys that we have, we’ve filled the void, but we’ve also felt that these guys are going to come in and compete, they want to compete so I’m excited, I really am. I’m excited about the guys that have decided to come and be a part of what we’re trying to build.” On his relationship with Dan Snyder: “I’ve probably talked with him daily to every other day. And really it’s about what we’re doing, what we’re planning on doing, what’s happening, more so than anything else. I think the biggest thing that he’s really asked is really that he wants to be informed, more so than just turning it over and turning a blind eye. I think he did the laissez faire thing where he was hands off, out of the way, so he just wants to know, and that’s all that it is. We talk though things, I’ve asked him for advice on certain things and certain issues. For the most part he’s letting us do our thing. He’ll call in and just ask how things are going, what do you think, where are you guys now, more so than anything else. Like I said the conversation is daily, to almost every other day. It’s been good, it really has. He’s not here to impose his will or anything like that he’s here just to make sure we have the tools that gives us the opportunity to do our jobs.” On giving fans a timeline: “Well I think the truth of the matter is there is no time frame, there really isn’t, but I do know that it’s got to happen soon, I can tell you that much. I understand I get that part of it. But it’s not going to happen overnight. What we need is we need everybody to come in and understand what the vision is and they’ve got to buy in to what the vision is going to be. Once they’ve done that, it gives us an opportunity to be successful. We also need to have the fans get behind us. It’s one of the things that I was very fortunate to happen for us when we were in Carolina. Our first two years we showed promise. We gave fans a reason to come out and cheer for us. And then by our third season things turned around and really were headed in the right direction. But I will say this too – in my first three years I made a lot of mistakes as a head coach. I mean I was a first-time head coach and I made mistakes. And I think that was part of the growing process. I’d like to believe now that I know and I’d like to believe that I’m not going to repeat and make those mistakes, so hopefully like I said it’ll happen in an expeditious manner, in terms of being successful on the football field. But I’m excited about it, I like the young, core players that this team has added in the last three drafts, would like to add a few more to that core, and then get them on the football field and see what happens.” On what comes to mind when he hears that players want to play for his coaching staff: “I’m excited about that I am and what that means is that these guys have called around and asked some of the other players that have played for these guys – what do you think about John Matsko the offensive line coach, what do you think about what Scott Turner does on the offensive side, what do you think about Coach Del Rio and the way he’s an aggressive play caller. Those are the things that are exciting because that just tells you these guys reached out to their compatriots on other teams and asked, ‘Hey what do you know about these guys?’ That is what I think is exciting is that they’ve taken the time to find out and hopefully everybody just understands that at the end of the day, it’s what we do as a team that’s going to matter more than anything else.” On his plans with the number two pick and potentially trading back in the draft: “For me the thing that you have to do is, no matter where you’re picking in the first round, well it does matter. When you’re in the first five spots, those have to be immediate impact guys. They’re going to be guys that you’re going to put on the field right away and they’re going to play. That’s always been my kind of philosophy, I’ve always believed in playing young guys if they’re ready to play. And if you go back and look at my history every year, we have at least one rookie start the season off as a starter, so I’m not afraid to play young players. Secondly, if you’re going to make a trade and you’re going to go back, that guy that you’re going to take at that spot has to make the kind of impact you need to validate missing an opportunity to take a player that’s a high impact guy. In other words, if you’re going to pass up player A, and you go back and you take player D, player D has to be equal to player A, you know what I’m saying. Because if player A is going to play for you for ten years, and player D might not, did you really get value or did you just get a whole bunch of picks. So you’ve got to be able to sit there and say that the next guy that I’m going to take is going to be that high impact guy. And that’s what I’m looking for, that’s what I believe we need. We need a guy just to come in and really change our football team. To me there’s a few guys on that board that are those kind of players. I’d like to believe in the back of my mind I know what we want to do. But you’ve got to go through the process. You’ve got to go through what we’re going to go through for the next five days with our readings, with our coaches and then what we’re going to do the next five days after that with Kyle and I going through the board, resetting the board, looking at it, going through our own mock drafts, what happens if they do this, what happens if this happens, what if such and such calls what are we going to do. So we’ve got to be fluid with that most certainly. Do we try to make a deal to get back into the second round is somewhere along the line as well. There’s a lot to think about, there really is and again, having to do this virtually, that is we’ve talked as a group the last three days, four days, about what everybody needs to be aware of and what everybody needs to be ready to happen.” On the most unique part about working from home: “Trying to learn how to use all this technology. That’s probably the biggest thing more so than anything else. I mean I am truly the proverbial trained gorilla that I come and push a button and turn something and it’s right there in front of me so having to learn to adapt to all of this I think is probably one thing that’s been helping me out a lot. At home you have a lot of time to do a lot of things. Sometimes I get a little concerned that I’m overthinking some things. But one thing that did help me is we literally just are moving our home. We just got done unpacking. The packers literally just left this morning, so now we’ve got to rearrange our house and we’ve got to try to do it in a careful way as well to keep the process moving and trying to figure this thing out.” On the status of LB Reuben Foster and QB Alex Smith: “Well the last time I saw them both they were both right in the middle of their rehabs and both working very, very hard. Alex is one of those guys that’s driven, and what we’ve done I think in bringing Kyle in is add a little insurance as far as that one’s concerned. As far as Reuben Foster is concerned, you know he’s done a great job when he was around, when I was around actually, when I was able to see him. It looked good, it looked like he was working his way back, and again the one thing that we’re doing right now is we’re not counting on anybody yet because we haven’t had a chance to watch them, we don’t know. And that’s the hard part about right now is that you just don’t know, you don’t know what kind of shape your players are going to be in, you’re hoping that they are all going to be the professionals that you’re paying them to be. Hopefully that there’s a little bit of personal pride that steps up, kicks in, and gets them going. This is uncharted territory, so we’ll see how it all unfolds. Like I said hopefully our guys are doing what they need to do and hopefully we’ll be ready for them when the time comes.”
  2. For Immediate Release April 6, 2020 WASHINGTON REDSKINS TO HOST 2020 VIRTUAL DRAFT EXPERIENCE PRESENTED BY 7-ELEVEN LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – Washington Redskins fans are invited to attend the Redskins’ Virtual Draft Experience presented by 7-Eleven. Live coverage each day of the NFL Draft will be available on the Redskins’ social media channels and include interviews with Redskins coaches, players and celebrity fans as well as giveaways. On Saturday, April 25 the Redskins and 7-Eleven will host the first-ever Virtual Draft Party that will allow fans to celebrate together from the comfort and safety of their homes. “We hope the NFL Draft will be a source of joy and excitement for fans who welcome some distraction during these extremely challenging times,” said Head Coach Ron Rivera. “The Virtual Draft Party is meant to be a celebration that will create a sense of unity for Redskins fans as we continue this fight together, while understanding we have a responsibility to do the right thing by not celebrating together physically.” Thursday, April 23 – live Draft coverage and analysis Friday, April 24 – live Draft coverage and analysis Saturday, April 25 – Virtual Draft Party that includes Draft coverage and exclusive celebrity and influencer appearances, player interviews, fan interaction and giveaways “Voice of the Redskins” Larry Michael will host the coverage along with a number of special guests joining throughout the experience, including Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera, Vice President of Player Personnel Kyle Smith, QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. and alumni Fred Smoot and Brian Mitchell. Specific timing and additional current and former players, as well as celebrity and influencer appearances will be announced in the coming weeks. All coverage will be streamed live on the Redskins’ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube pages. Registration for the Virtual Draft Party is free for all fans at Redskins.com/VirtualDraft. “7‑Eleven stands committed to providing customers with what they want, when and where they want it,” said Marissa Jarratt, 7-Eleven senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “That’s why 7-Eleven is offering Redskins fans craveable food like pizza and wings, beer in participating markets and other items to enjoy during their Virtual Draft Parties. Items are available for pickup in-store or via free, contactless delivery using the promo code FREE4U upon checkout.” -REDSKINS-
  3. For Immediate Release April 5, 2020 STATEMENT FROM WASHINGTON REDSKINS OWNER DAN SNYDER ON THE PASSING OF HALL OF FAMER BOBBY MITCHELL: “I was extremely saddened to hear the news about the passing of the great Bobby Mitchell. Bobby was a Hall of Fame player and executive and represented the Washington Redskins organization with integrity for over 50 years. His passion for the game of football was unmatched by anyone I have ever met. Not only was he one of the most influential individuals in franchise history, but he was also one of the greatest men I have ever known. He was a true class act and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Gwen and the entire Mitchell family during this time."
  4. AEW has been doing the no fans thing right.
  5. April 3, 2020 CB Ronald Darby On what attracted him to the Redskins: “I just thought I would’ve been a good fit, I respect the head coach and I just think things could change around here. I feel like it was a great move.” On how his injury history has affected his development: “I’m good right now. I feel great right now, but you know it is tough coming off the ACL and then going right back into the season. Last year was tough for me. My main thing was I just wanted to finish that year without a major injury or nothing like that so I could have a full offseason to train and take care of my body, and that’s what I’ve been doing.” On what it means to play against the Eagles after spending three seasons in Philadelphia: “I mean, it’s crazy. I’m grateful for the opportunity in Washington. I’m from the DMV area, so I grew up a Redskins fan. Just to come back home to play for the team I grew up loving is really something huge. I get to go against my old teammates twice a year, so that’ll be fun.” On his respect and familiarity with Head Coach Ron Rivera: “I just know him from Carolina. I believe it was last year or the year before last he gave me a shout-out saying he respected how I play and things like that before we played Carolina like two years ago. His defenses have been good, corners that have played in his defense got paid.” On whether he’s spoken to the coaches about how he would be used in the defense: “I haven’t had that much talk. You know we’ve been on lockdown due to the virus and stuff like that.” On if he feels like he has something to prove this season: “Every year, even if you played good last year, you’re going to always have something to prove, whether you played good or bad. This year I go in and I’ve always got something to prove, but of course I feel like I’ve got a lot more to prove due to the fact this is my second one-year deal and things like that. So my main focus is to take care of my body and stay healthy, and go out there and make plays.” On his market as a free agent this offseason: “I mean, I pretty much expected it. You know, I got hurt the past two seasons. I got really hurt last year and this year I had my little injuries or whatever, but I expected it. It’s something I can control at the end of the day, so it ain’t nothing crazy.” On what he hopes his role will be this upcoming season: “Just to be an impact in any way I need to be on the defense. Go out there and make plays.” On his training during the pandemic: “Before they started the lockdown and things like that, before they shut cities down, I was training for the past two months. You know, just working on my strength, balance, core and then my stride, deep tissue, things like that, stretching more.” On if he thinks he can return to being a playmaker at the cornerback position: “As the corner I know I am, I’m a great corner. I had to battle obstacles and stuff like that, and at the end of the day whether you’re hurt or good you still got to go out there and perform. You can’t always have excuses. I know that I can be the person that I am, that I’ve shown.” On what he thinks about the Redskins secondary and overall defense: “I think it’s a special group and a talented group. Three of us are from the DMV area, [CB Kendall] Fuller and Sean Davis. I’ve known Sean and Fuller since high school, so excited to be training with them. I see a lot of potential.” On what it meant to his family and friends when they heard he’d be returning home: “It was exciting, but they were like I’ve just got to keep my head on straight because it can be a distraction if you let it be because a lot of people are going to be reaching out, wanting to come to games, things like that. They were like I just got to keep my head on right, just focus. They were all excited though. They were all excited for me.” On the Redskins front four and how the addition of Ohio State DE Chase Young can help the secondary: “I mean, it can do a lot. The quicker you can get the ball out of the QB’s hands, the more aggressive you can play as a DB and things like that. If you trust your up front to provide that pressure, it allows you to play more aggressive with things and more comfortable.”
  6. April 1, 2020 CB Kendall Fuller On why he wanted to return to Washington: “Just so many reasons, you can see so many guys have qualities about perseverance. The coaching staff here, their relationship with the players, seeing how they develop guys, and seeing how the corners that they had coming in [in Carolina], [James] Bradberry, Donte Jackson and things like that. Being in the NFL the last couple of years and just being at a place that’s home, that I’ve had some success, that I’ve enjoyed, the first few years I was in Washington. Just the young core players that they have there on offense and defensive side of the ball. You know when you’re a DB and you’re looking at the front seven, you know how important that is for you and you’re success it’s the guys at the front seven that they have up there, that kind of builds to be a part of. Once they called, and my agent talked to me I couldn’t wait to jump on it.” On the difference between now and his first stint in Washington: “I just think as a rookie and leading up to my first year I was still just trying to find myself. I think after my rookie year, just trying to get that full offseason to recover from my knee surgery and my knee injury and things like that. I think the first time was me just trying to figure myself out, find myself and things like that. I think now, just knowing my game more, knowing my strengths and my weaknesses, just building that confidence, definitely have become more of a leader, more vocal and things like that. Just that extreme, that knowledge, being in Kansas City those two years, being able to go to the playoffs two years in a row, playing in the AFC Championship, it’s just that experience, that knowledge, and getting around a different group of players, different group of guys, coaches, and certain stuff I learned from them too.” On his expectations for his role: “Honestly, I don’t even think I fully know. I think the coaching staff not being able to meet and things like that – I don’t even know if they fully know what they want to do yet, just in terms of getting everything that you want in free agency, getting guys that you want in the draft. I’m just excited to just show my talent, just knowing that I can play around the field at a high level, whether that’s corner, nickel, if they ask me to go out there and play a little bit of hit. Being able to go out there and show that versatility, and just go out there and make plays, have fun.” On his preference on playing corner versus nickel: “I mean I always consider myself as a corner first, just a corner that’s what I’ve been playing for inside. I remember after my second year at Washington my other brother kind of made a joke at me, because he knows how much I love corner, being on the outside, and he was like, ‘You kind of play so good on the inside that teams are only going to want you to play in there.’ But, I love corner. That’s what I played in high school, all through college, but I love being able to go out there and switch to nickel. So many things I’ve got to do, and it’s not a lot of guys that are going in and playing at a high level consistently at such a high position.” On his feelings coming back to Washington after being traded: “It’s going to feel good. So many people, they go in and somebody gets traded, so many people think the player is feeling negative about things, negative about people, negative about the organization. But at the end of the day we know what we signed up for. We know that’s part of the business. You know, actually the day after I got traded, I was able to go into the facility and talk to everybody and things like that. It’s just a move that they made to try to get the football team better. I’m just excited to get back there, see everybody again, to be able to work with the guys, meet the new coaching staff, meet the players that have been there since I left. I’m just excited.” On his free agent process: “Well I mean my agent, I first started talking to [Washington] at the Combine and things like that. Little small conversations. For me, honestly, it wasn’t really until they called, my agent called me and was talking to me about the offer because my mindset going into free agency was, I wasn’t trying to get happy or look at one team that I really wanted to go to. At the end of the day, in free agency, you can want to go to a team and they could have no interest in you, so I wasn’t even looking at anything. I was just like whoever calls, calls. I think as soon as my agent called me about the offer and things like that, as soon as they called me, I said, ‘Say less, let’s do it.’” On bringing his Super Bowl experience to Washington: “Really just that mindset and that work ethic, day in and day out. I think my two years in Kansas City, it was almost like we felt like we put way too much work in day in and day out, starting from OTA’s to that. It wasn’t an option, not going to the Super Bowl, it was going to the Super Bowl and losing. We can’t do OTA’s right now, but I think from day one when we’re in the building it’s that mindset, that work ethic, just everybody helping each other. Everybody becoming one, everybody being a leader, everybody pushing everybody, everybody teaching everybody and everybody just coming together as one.” On what he’s doing now to work out: “I always work out with my brother in the offseason, so just continuing to do that.” On his family’s reaction on returning to the DMV: “My brothers we’re definitely happy. I think one of the first things that everybody said, my brother Corey, he was like you know mom is going to try to move in with you now, because my mother and father still live in Baltimore and things like that. Them kind of joking saying that they’re going to try to move in with me with me being back in the area. Then for me, my older brother had a son so being able to get back home to spend time with my nephew, golf with my oldest brother, so it’s really me just being pretty much back with the family, being able to spend time with the family, see the family, things like that. I told my mother, when I was in Washington I used to tell her a total of five games that she wasn’t allowed to come to them because I wanted Sunday dinner after the game so I had to let her know she’s going to have to start doing that again.” On his favorite dish, how life has changed and how he is staying in football shape during the pandemic: “My favorite dishes, sweet potato and marshmallows, collard greens, mac n cheese. As long as she [mother] cooks those things, I’m cool with anything else. But as far as my brothers, it’s definitely different. It’s not too much different because in the offseason we didn’t really do much to begin with besides work out, golf. Definitely cool because neither one of us cook, so that was one of the biggest things to get food because neither one of us cook. Then working out, also in the workouts, a little bit changes up a bit but still making sure we keep on working and we keep on making ourselves ready for next year.” On his interception in Super Bowl LIV and what that win meant: “I mean I definitely think about it, I think now, especially since I’m kind of in that offseason phase, I feel like I don’t go back to it as much just because you know once you get to the offseason you’re just grinding, getting ready for next year. I mean it was definitely big. I used to tell everybody, it didn’t kind of hit me that I actually did that and made that play until I saw the video and things like that. It was big, man – just for us to steal the win like that and end it on a high note and get Coach [Andy] Reid his first championship, it was definitely fun to see him get that Gatorade bath and things like that, it was definitely fun. At the end of the day, you grind and work to make sure that that’s not the last play that you get remembered for and you go back out there and make those same plays in season the next year. So that’s what we’re out here doing now.” S Sean Davis On what made the Redskins so attractive: “It was a no-brainer, honestly. I’m born and raised in Washington, D.C., went to high school in D.C., went to the University of Maryland College Park – I’m grounded in Maryland. I’m grounded in that area, so the opportunity to come home and play for the Redskins was a no-brainer for me. It was a really easy decision, I’m just glad to be a part of the organization.” On his shoulder: “My shoulder’s good. I passed my physical, so I’m feeling strong, feeling great and I’m ready to get back on the football field. My shoulder is doing good, thank you for asking.” On his versatility as a defensive back: “I have played a lot of positions. I just like being on the field, honestly. I feel like I can play any position you really want me to. As long as I’m on the field, I feel like I’m going to make an impact on defense. But just bouncing around, I feel like it’s just evolved my game, it let me have a better understanding of the defense and how all the positions work together and how we feed off of each other. I feel like I have more experience playing down low, but God blessed me with such athletic skills – I’m so rangy and I’m fast and can patrol back in the deep end, so having a year at free safety two years ago really helped my game and my overall skill set. I believe I’ll be playing free safety this upcoming season. I’m just looking forward to being the deep guy, being the one that everyone has to depend on, being the last line of defense, open field tackling – it’s one of the hardest things in football and it’s one thing that I pride myself on. Each year, I’ve missed less tackles. I’m just looking forward to improving my game each and every year and the best is yet to come.” On his familiarity with S Landon Collins: “I haven’t talked to Landon [Collins] yet, but I spoke with [Defensive Backs] Coach [Chris] Harris and he basically agreed with what you’re saying, I’m going to be the deep guy and Landon’s going to be down low for the most part. But defenses are evolving and we have to be able to play both safeties because it’ll be an easy gateway for the offense, so being versatile I think is another thing that helps me to be able to try and throw offenses off a little bit. I’m looking forward to meeting Landon and looking forward to working with him.” On what Sean Taylor meant to him as a player: “He was probably the biggest influence on my football game. I’ve been wearing 21 since high school. I had to wear 28 for Pittsburgh my first two years, but once 21 opened up it was a no-brainer I had to jump on it. He was just an awesome player, a huge role model. His game film is ‘teach tape.’ He was just a beast, he was the best and I’ve tried to emulate my game after him. He instilled fear in the receivers, he was doing everything imaginable, so he was really a freak athlete and I just try to do what I’m supposed to do, but also unleash the inner beast in me and play like Sean Taylor. That’s my goal every week I’m out there, play like Sean.” On his first impressions of Head Coach Ron Rivera: “Well I haven’t talked to [Head] Coach [Ron] Rivera yet and I don’t know too much about him, but just being in the league for four years and just being around guys – you know, you’re around new guys every year, really every week – and there’s a connection to him that I’ve met between some guys. Honestly, going from [Steelers Head] Coach [Mike] Tomlin to Coach Rivera is great because those are two highly recognized coaches and Coach Rivera has been to a Super Bowl. I know he’s about business, he’s about football, he’s about winning. I’m so glad he chose me to be a part of this team and I’m really just looking forward to working together with him and learning and playing my best for him.” On what he can bring to help this team win: “Honestly, I’m just really passionate about the game, I’m passionate about being home in front of my friends and family, fans, so that’s only going to put more pressure on me, but I feel like it’s only going to bring the best out of me competing every week. I have some friends who signed with the team that I know previously who are also from the area, so we have a connection there and I know we’re all going to try and put on and show out for our city and for each other especially, and bring some wins to FedexField. I’ve always been watching from the corner of my eye checking on the Redskins the past four years and I still can’t help it, they were always my team. But just looking forward to turning things around and putting my best foot forward, and making some plays and seeing what happens.” On whether there was anybody in particular who was excited for his return home: “Oh my gosh, everybody. I can’t even name one – my whole family, my friends, everybody. It’s crazy.” On whether he’s familiar with Ohio State Defensive End Chase Young: “I don’t know too much about [Ohio State Defensive End] Chase Young. I know he went to DeMatha [Catholic High School], which was right down the street from the University of Maryland. I just know that he’s a D.C. kind of guy, I know what his mindset is like, I know what he’s built like and I’m excited. I can’t wait. Hopefully, we grab him and bring that pressure because rush and coverage work together, so that’s what I live by and hope he can make some noise, put some pressure on the quarterback and make him throw some ducks in the air, make it easy for us on the back end.” On how he’s dealing with the pandemic and the shutdown of team facilities: “It’s definitely impacted us a lot. The world is really shut down. It’s like a scary movie scene every time you step out the front door. It sucks because it shuts the gyms down, shuts the fields down. The other day, they had the yellow tape across the field in the park, so it’s kind of hard to find access. When it’s cold out, we like working out indoors, which we can’t. So kind of have to take it back old school a little bit to the jail body workouts, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups. But, I’m still rangy, still got my mobility, balance and core and everything. I’m just trying to do the best we can, control the controllable. I’m just waiting for the weather to break honestly so I can get back outside and start running. I really hate running outside especially in the cold, so I’ve got to get my conditioning, that’s imperative. Once the weather breaks, I’ll be back out there on the field and do what I’m supposed to do. Whenever we’re allowed to be back, I’ll be ready. I always make sure I’m ready when it’s time to be ready. I’m not really worried about it, it’s just an obstacle, but nothing’s easy and I’m built for it. I’m just looking forward to training in Loudoun County.” On how he improved his tackling technique: “I’m not too sure, maybe just being more comfortable. I don’t know. Maybe being the last line of defense, I have to really slow down and secure all the tackles rather than having somebody behind me where I can take a chance with a dive or something and have somebody back me up. I don’t have that luxury anymore, I am the last man, so really just slowing down, really staying true to my form and securing the tackle is probably what happened. But I’m getting bigger and stronger every year, faster. My body is weird, I feel like I never really stop growing, I always grow. I don’t know, I’m getting bigger, stronger and faster each and every year, so maybe that’s it, too.” RB J.D. McKissic On how his game has evolved over the years: “That’s a good question. Over the last couple of years you could just tell, how comfortable I’m becoming as I’ve been playing. When I was with the [Atlanta] Falcons I didn’t get the opportunity, but when I came in with the [Seattle] Seahawks, I was more of a guy who was just a receiver playing running back. I think over the years I was able to find out and learn what the O-line was doing, and focusing on the now, like actually letting the O-line double team and come off on the linebacker and be patient. So, I think patience has become or evolved in my game a lot now and doing the extra, trying to break a tackle instead of being so conservative I think I became more aggressive.” On talking with the coaching staff: “When I signed, I talked to the head coach, Coach [Ron] Rivera, and also I talked to my running back coach the other day and talked to Scott [Turner] today. More of what I usually do, get out in the space, use my versatility, catch the ball, motion in the back field, try to create a hazard for the defense, try to get them to think and get a positive gain.” On how he views his position: “I will always feel like I’m a receiver just because I’ve done it throughout my whole life, in college, high school and then in the NFL, that’s when I became a running back. That’s something I never want to lose, my receiver ability. I think you have to be in the league for a long time to be able to do something different than all the other guys. You know, really trust my hands to catch passes from all over the field, curls, comeback goals, corner. I think that’s what sets me apart from a lot of guys. I think when I went to Detroit, working with [Running Backs] Coach Kyle [Caskey] and [Offensive Coordinator Darrell] Bevell always trusted me to run the ball between the tackles. That was something that I really worked on there and I was able to become better at it and focus and be more patient. I think that’s helped my game out a lot.” On playing with a strong group of running backs: “That’s what it’s all about, competition. A lot of big names, a lot of great guys that did amazing things in college and also in the NFL. I am honored to be in the room with Adrian Peterson for sure, and even the young guys, I mean a lot of real good guys. I’m excited about the competition, we understand the business we know the game, it’s all about being there for one another and making plays. That’s what it’s all about, making plays, who can execute the plan at his best, and that’s what we all are willing to do and I am excited to be in the room with those guys.” On how he is handling the COVID-19 situation: “It’s a real tough time. This is all about keeping your hands clean and social distancing yourself from others. You definitely don’t want to be exposed to it and bring it back to your parents. I’ve got older parents, 55 and 56 years old so I definitely don’t want them to get it so with me I’m just staying away from everyone. At the same time still getting my workout in. Unfortunately, the place I was training had been shut down so this week we haven’t had the opportunity to lift, but around the neighborhood, just running hills, and putting in workouts. I was trying to keep my conditioning and keep my weight good, that’s basically it really. Just keeping my hands clean you know, not touching anyone, not letting going near anyone until this stuff goes over around here but staying safe.” On what Scott Turner expects from his running backs: “Today when I talked to him, the running back position is very important to him. The running back position is evolving, guys have to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield, when you’ve got a lot of weapons on the field you want to be able to use everything that this guy can give you. He also coached Christian McCaffrey and you can see, he mentioned Christian McCaffrey had 100 catches. He told me I’d get a couple but I won’t get that many. I mean I think the running back position is very important. It’s evolving. Guys catching the ball out of the backfield is becoming a mix and match for defenses, you’ve got safeties, you’ve got linebackers who usually have got to cover those guys. Sometimes the corner may stay out there just because he’s got to respect the position, I mean outnumbered. You’ve got plenty of DBs on the field then you can pound the ball. I mean just how you look at it, man the running back position is evolving, very fast before our eyes.” On what separates a winning team: “That locker room. I mean just the guys themselves too. You may have some guys that, may not be as good as others. It’s all about who is going to come out and execute the plan. It all comes together. The game plan and the players coming out and executing. That’s what it’s really all about. You’re going to have great players on other teams you’re going to have some teams that don’t have big names. And also, buying into the program, to the system, the organization, whatever. The coaches put in front of you – do you truly believe what they’re telling you and do you like your coach, really.” On what he is focusing on this offseason: “I think with me it’s all about doing what I do best and that’s running routes. I think I can run between tackles really good, I love running between the tackles actually but I just need to keep my route running up. I can’t ever forget that I was a receiver. If I can still go out and run all the routes, all the routes on the route tree, I think it will put me in a very good situation. And I always catch the ball. At these times it’s a tough job.” On TE Logan Thomas entering a pass-catching role: “My first time playing Logan was when he was a quarterback for Virginia Tech, but when I got to Detroit, I got there week one and once I saw him and the way he moved and caught the ball, I thought he was the guy. He also thought he was the guy too. I’ve seen Logan every game and in every situation where we needed him he always came through. And you know that he’s one of those guys who could be depended on and get a much bigger role than the role he had in Detroit. He’s a real good player, he’s a guy who loves to block. He’s a guy who every time when Detroit put in a play, for me or if it was jet sweep, or it was something we would do that was unique for me to get the ball, he would be the one who would come to me whenever we had a break in the locker room, saying hey coach put me on this so I could block for you on this play and then I would try to get him but, he just wasn’t the guy that they wanted to do it. But he was the guy that I wanted to be doing it for me. Hopefully he gets that opportunity now, he’s a real good player, he’s a quarterback and he’s a tight-end that can do a lot of things, he can catch the ball pretty good.” On league shutdown affected his free agency process: “I was a restricted free agent at the time. So the whole time I was thinking, well I somewhat knew that Detroit wasn’t going to tenure me, but I knew that they were trying to do a deal. So when I got the news that I wasn’t going to be tenured, my agent had talked to Washington already and we knew that I would have a team that was interested in me and I liked the deal so it really wasn’t a long process for me.”
  7. For Immediate Release April 1, 2020 REDSKINS SIGN CB RONALD DARBY LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed cornerback Ronald Darby. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Darby (5-11, 193) is entering his sixth NFL season after originally being selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (50th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 57 regular season games with 56 starts. Darby has recorded eight career interceptions for 135 yards in regular season play to complement 251 tackles (224 solo) and 65 passes defensed. Last season as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Darby saw action in 11 games with 11 starts and finished with 37 tackles (34 solo), two interceptions and 11 passes defensed. During Darby’s rookie campaign with the Buffalo Bills, he appeared in 15 games (15 starts) and recorded 68 tackles (61 solo), two interceptions and 21 passes defensed. He was also named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus and voted to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. He has appeared in three postseason games and registered 18 tackles (16 solo) and six passes defensed during the Eagles Super Bowl LII winning playoff run in 2017. Darby played collegiately at Florida State where he appeared in 42 career games and was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. Darby, 26, attended Potomac H.S. in Oxon Hill, Md. He was born January 2, 1994.
  8. Very fluid situation going on now. Trying to get compensation confirmed.... More at this link
  9. March 31, 2020 LB Thomas Davis Sr. On reuniting with Coach Ron Rivera: “It’s definitely going to be exciting reuniting with Coach Rivera, I understand how he likes to operate, how he likes to do things and what he expects of us as players. It’s definitely going to be an exciting time, being back on the East Coast. A lot of people are saying, hey, you’re going to be right back in the system that you’re familiar with but at the same time, it’s Jack Del Rio’s defense, so there’s going to be a learning curve and it’s something that we are all going to have to go through as defensive players. We’re excited about it, I know I am, and I’m pretty sure the other guys are as well.” On his motivation for coming to Washington: “I think one of the biggest things, first and foremost, was the fact that Coach Rivera was there and when I look at this roster. I feel like the pieces are in place to be successful. When you look at in particularly defense, you look at the front four that these guys have assembled and not only the front four, I kind of look at the top six or eight guys I feel like are capable of going out and completely wrecking the game. As a linebacker, you want to play behind guys that are capable of doing that, that allows you to be free, that allows you to make plays, and that was a huge factor going into it, knowing that Coach Rivera knows how to do a good job of getting the best out of every position and every player, knowing that the secondary is going to perform a lot better this year. I watched Washington a lot last year and watching Josh Norman who is one of my good friends, who didn’t have a particularly impressive season. So I know that the pieces are in place, I know offensively they have a ton of weapons that are capable of getting the job done. When you look at [Adrian Peterson] AP, and you look at [Derrius] Guice, and you look at all these guys you just feel like this team has the makings of becoming a really good football team they just need the right leadership.” On what he can provide on the leadership front: “You know it’s all about going in and doing whatever is asked of me, whatever that ask is, whether that is mentoring young players, whether that is leading by example, just whatever that I’m going to be asked to do that’s always been my makeup and something that I’ve always looked forward to doing. When I first came into the NFL I had a bunch of veteran players that definitely did a great job of showing me the way, so here I am going into my 16th season and it’s all about giving back and pouring into the lives of these guys and getting the most out of them.” On how he will try to make the talented roster play to its capabilities: “It’s all about practice habits. For me, that’s something that I’ve learned being in this league as long as I have. You start to create your identity and who you’re going to become and what you’re going to be in practice. You just have to change the way you practice, you have to make practice harder than the game. That’s something that we’ve done under Coach Rivera for a long time, and its shown. In Carolina we had some really good teams, in particular some really good defenses, because we came together, we worked hard, we knew we had good coaches and we bought into the system. That’s really what it’s all about right now, getting the guys to buy in and understand that you can be whatever you want to be as long as you put the work in.” On the difference between playing with Ron Rivera and playing with other coaches: “It’s a lot different playing for Coach Rivera because he’s a guy that played the game. Whenever you play for a coach that played the game, they understand what guys are going through. They listen more, they adjust the schedule more, they understand that at any given point in the season it’s not about tearing guys down, it’s about uplifting your players and that’s something that Coach Rivera has been really good at. I just had the opportunity to have the opportunity to go out to LA and play for Coach [Anthony] Lynn, another guy that played the game. So, whenever you have two guys like that, that definitely know what players are going through at all times, they tend to while not being easy on guys, they tend to understand guys a lot more. That’s just been my experience playing under Coach Rivera.” On what he is currently doing to remain in shape for football: “Well, first and foremost, we all understand and know with the times that we’re in right now it is important for us to stay at home. Luckily enough for me, when I decided to build the house that I am currently living in, that I am probably going to live in for the rest of my life, I put a gym in it. That’s been one of the most beneficial things that I actually did in building this house, because I’m doing this interview right now from my gym, because that’s the quietest place in my house right now, the kids are away. I think that it’s important to all realize that this is something that is unprecedented that we are going through right now, but you’ve got to stay on top of making sure that you’re in shape as players, you’ve got to make sure that we’re doing the things that are necessary to make sure that once the season is able to kick back and we’re able to go, that it’s not a bunch of guys trying to get back in shape at that point.” On how Rivera handled the lock-out year of 2011: “Coach Rivera did a tremendous job coming in, his first year as a head coach, coming in after a lock-out into a team that just had the number one draft pick and coming in with a depleted roster, because what happened in Carolina that year. We let go of all the veterans, we didn’t sign anyone the previous year coming into free agency so he had a lot of work to do and he did a tremendous job of you know, just reorganizing the team and getting guys to buy in to what he wanted us all to do. It didn’t really happen that first year because of the lack of talent, I would say, that we had on the team, but as he was able to get in guys that he wanted you could see us become a really good football team. That’s not the situation that we’re facing right now in Washington because there are a ton of great players on the football team. Like I’ve said I went over the roster, I’ve seen the guys that are on the team, it’s all about getting those guys to buy in and understand their full potential. I know Coach Rivera is a great motivator, he can get guys to definitely buy in to what he’s doing.” On why players over the years have loved playing for Coach Rivera: “I think it’s just based on simply what I said, just because of his understanding of the game first and foremost but then his ability to be able to connect to the players. He’s not a coach that beats you when you’re down. He’s not a coach that if you make a mistake or if you go out and you don’t have a particularly good game, he’s not that coach that’s going to be the guy that cusses you, he’s going to do whatever he can to lift your spirits and make sure that he motivates you to be better the next game. He’s not a coach that is going to go out and through his players under the bus, he’s going to take full responsibility for whatever happens. We’ll talk about it in the locker room, it’s not one of those situations where he’s throwing guys under the bus in the media or doing anything like that, and when you see that as a player that makes you want to go out and compete hard for a guy.” On what his role will be in the defense: “I don’t really know what it’s going to be, there are a lot of things that are going to play out in particularly, seeing what happens with the draft, seeing how training camp goes, we’re going to all go in and we’re going to compete and we’re just going to figure out what’s going to happen from there. Just from a what our role is going to be stand point. I know there’s a lot of knowledge and a lot of leadership qualities that I have as a player that I take pride in having, I’m going to go in, I’m going to do whatever is, like I said earlier, being asked of me, and if I’m asked to play off a lot I will be ready to go. I prepare hard, I work hard in the off-season and during the season to make sure that my body is ready to go and like I said, whatever is asked of me I will be ready to do it.” On the CBA: “After being around for a while, I was one of the guys that voted yes, and the reason that I voted yes was because of all of the things that were being offered to the younger guys, to the 60 to 70 percenters. I knew that that was a good deal for them. It’s all about majority when it comes to making votes like that. You had some of the bigger name guys that disagreed with it. Just from that standpoint, I felt like this is going to be a deal that will allow us to continue to go on and play the game. We gained some things, we lost some things. Whenever you have a negotiation it’s always a give and take and that’s kind of how this negotiation went. You never really find out the full benefits versus the loses until you are a few years in on a deal. We’ll all figure out what we gained and what we really lost as time goes on.” On the new playoff rules: “It’s definitely going to be different, it’s going to be weird. I think essentially the second team is then penalized for being a good football team but it’s already been said, so it isn’t something that we have an opportunity to vote on. It just makes it more competitive it adds more teams in and it allows teams that are hot late in the season like the Titans to be able to make a run, a team that might not normally be in the playoffs, are getting that opportunity so I like it.” On if he considered retirement this offseason: “No, no. I didn’t want to retire this offseason. About two years ago I thought that I was going to walk away from the game but then once that season was over it was like man, [inaudible] still can do it, he still can play. Just go until you feel that you no longer want to do it anymore or that you no longer can do it anymore. After playing with the Chargers this year and adjusting to that style of defense that they played and being able to be productive in what was asked of me and now I’m trying to go into a new system and show that I can be productive in that and then we’ll see what happens.” On when he expects things to get going in regards to COVID-19: “I have no clue. You know honestly, we all circulate and say that the season is going to happen when it is supposed to happen and that we will be able to go in and do the things that we need to know. I think this next month from what I’ve been seeing is really critical and seeing what is going to happen moving forward. I know that they pushed the timeline out another month or so, to make sure things really settle down. It’s important right now for people to really listen and understand that this is not a game, this is something that we all need to pay attention to, we need to stay at home. There’s nothing more important right now than your own life and the lives of the people that are around you that are being affected if you’re out partying and you’re out doing unnecessary things that could possibly spread the virus. So, it’s important right now that we continue to do the things that are being asked and follow those guidelines so that we can have the season start on time. As long as people don’t do that, then who knows when the timeline is going to actually be correct.” Quarterback Kyle Allen On his workouts in California with Jets QB Sam Darold and Bills QB Josh Allen: “It really hasn't been that much different. We’ve been out here since February 1st. We’ve kind of done this past couple of years. We come out in the beginning of February, stay here through March, and kind of get through a bunch of training. So, the only thing that has change is we had to move from our gym to some person’s garage over here. He had weights for everybody. So, we're just in a garage down here in one of these neighborhoods, we're the only three people working out in it. So, it’s nice and clean, its chill, and then we just go and throw, us three. So, we’re trying to stay away from everyone and still be cognizant of the social distancing and everything. But, at the same time, try and get as much work in as we can. So, not much has changed. it just been a little harder to find places to throw, a little harder to find places to work out. But its been good, we've been getting good work in and trying to adapt to all this like everyone else is.” On if he has a relationship with QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. before the trade and if he has talked to him since the trade: “No, I have never met him before. We played each other last year and dapped each other up after the game, nothing crazy. But, we texted since I've been traded, nothing crazy. I'm excited to get out and meet him. A lot of the coaching staff is been the same too, but I haven't met [QB] Coach [Ken] Zampese yet either. So, I'm excited to meet him and all the new players and stuff too. But, yeah, limited contact, me and him.” On the balance between getting to know someone and competing for the same job: “We've been doing this our whole lives, you know what I mean. We've all been doing this since we were in high school. We've been trying to compete against different guys and at the same time you get to meet a lot of really cool people in the process. That’s how I was with Cam, and Will, we're all competing for different types of jobs and stuff. But, we all come out with great relationships. You spend a lot of time with these people, you might as well make relationships with them. So, hopefully its the same between me, Dwayne [Haskins Jr.], and Alex [Smith].” On what his expected role here in Washington is: “When they traded for me, it was kind of random. I didn't push to be traded and I just signed a contract in Carolina two weeks before. Interesting experience, but just talking to the coaches and talking to Ron [Rivera] and I think the expectation is to come and compete for the job. I think it’s an awesome opportunity and I think it’s cool to be back with the coaches who run a similar system. So, we'll see and I'm going to take advantage of my reps like. in Carolina, when I was the fourth string two years ago and got three reps in training camp. Now with more reps, I'm taking advantage of them.” On the date to come back to Redskins Park and already being familiar with the system: “I have no clue with the date. It’s going to be real interesting to see. But I think the continuity with the system is huge for me. And I think that it going to be big for the team too. If we don't have a lot of OTA's, we don't have OTA's at all, it gives at least someone on this team a chance with experience in the system to be able to teach it to the other guys and relay what the coaches are saying and kind of teach the offense to everyone and teach the language. So, I think it’s a good opportunity, especially for me already being in it for two years knowing the system, and hopefully being able to communicate it with everybody.” On how good Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner is and how he's grown in his new role on this staff: “I think they're getting a really good, young coach. I spent a lot of time with Scott [Turner] in these past two years. Just grinding out installs, grinding out tapes, and everything. I think Scott really got his opportunity in the last four games of the season last year and I think he showed well. I think Coach Rivera saw that and a lot of other saw that to give him an opportunity. So, I think you're getting a good, young, offensive coordinator who has been there before. Studied under Norv Turner, one of the best in the game, since he was born. There is a picture of him when he was 12 years old throwing the ball on the sideline with the Redskins. It’s kind of like full circle for him. It’s really cool for him, and I think it’s going to be a good opportunity for him and for the Redskins too. I think it’s a good fit.” On how he keeps busy in California: “It's pretty boring right now, I’m going to be honest with you. This morning we woke up, threw around, just got done working out, it’s about one o’clock, and we have the rest of the day with absolutely nothing to do. So we play a ton of gin, we watch movies, play Call Of Duty, and we get super bored. That’s about it.” On grasping a new system as a young quarterback: “I think this system is a really good system. I think it takes a decent amount of time to really learn and grasp on to. I think it has evolved a lot over the years since Norv kind of started with it back in the day. And I think that it took me like solid month, month and a half before I really felt comfortable about practice and going through plays. And then after that, you slowly evolve and get better and better, more comfortable in it. It’s tough to grasp it at first. But once you grasp it, it’s really fluid. You can add a lot of things into it. You can maneuver it in different ways to help the team out. I think it’s a really good system and I think Scott has a really good idea of what he wants to do with it.” On learning Scott Turner’s system fast: “It’s just repetition within the system. There are hundreds of formations, hundred of concepts, hundreds of plays. It’s just repetition. It took me a while. I was just sitting in front of a mirror and saying the play to myself or going through all the plays over and over at night. And it just took a while, especially when I was at my first year at Carolina. I really didn't get many reps in practice either. So, I was just grinding them out by myself in a room. You just got to rep it, rep it, and rep it. It’s all about the memory and then your good. On [LB] Thomas Davis being a leader in the locker room and how he helps lead younger players: “He's [Thomas Davis] a great locker room presence. He's a great dude. We definitely missed him last year in Carolina. I can't even tell what year he is, but he's been in the league for a long time and he understands leadership. I think a lot of people respect him in the locker room. I think people respect him the second he walks in. He's not afraid to lead. He's not tentative leader. He's a strong vocal leader. So, I think every locker room needs a couple of those guys. I don't know if we have them in the locker room yet, I haven't met any of the guys. But I know you want those guys.” On being the starter and how he approached it: “It doesn't change much. I just took a lot more hits than I usually would. I think that you build relationships with your teammates, expecting that fact that you’re going to play. You’re going to go in there and you’re trying to build that confidence with everyone throughout the entire off-season. So, when it’s your time to go in and play, it is your time to go out there. They have that confidence in you too and I don't think anything really changed. Your sense of urgency and preparations change a little bit since you know you’re going to play. You learn and evolve throughout the season, but, in terms of relationships with everyone, it’s the same whether you’re playing or not.” On who impresses him and who he is excited to work with: “Obviously, [WR] Terry [McLaurin] had a great year last year, an awesome year, break-out star. [Steven] Sims [Jr.] had a really good year last year. I haven't really gotten a lot of time to check out tape. I don't have an iPad, I don't think we are allowed to have any iPads or anything. So once we get through that, check out some tape. But I know there some really young guys in that room and I think we just traded for a couple guys or signed a couple guys. I've been having trouble trying to following stuff over the phone. But I think it’s a young room, I think it’s a talented room. And I think it’s kind of the way with the whole team. There's a lot of talent around the team and bringing in Coach Rivera and the whole coaching staff. Just kind of having a clean slate. I think it’s going to be really good for the team. On what he saw from the defense during his start against them in Carolina last season: “We came into that game knowing that the D-Line was very solid. We were going to have some opportunities and we're just going to take advantage. We were really doing a good job with that. We scored two third-down touchdowns, I mean its 14-0, it could have been 6-0. I think we were running the ball down the ball the first couple of series and then got a little complacent, I think as a team. I think also, the Redskins defense made a bunch of adjustments and they kind of switched their whole game plan and sent us a lot of things that we haven't seen on film. I don't think we were ready for it. We didn't adjust to it very well. It was crazy, it was one of the craziest games. They did a really good job of adjusting mid-game, player adjustment mid-game, and being able to do that. So kudos for them for that.” On working on different things with Josh Allen and Sam Darnold now having played in NFL games: “That’s why we like to come out here and train with each other two because they are kind of going through the same thing. The other guys coming in and out like Jarred and Austin, and it’s good just to come in and just talk to each other about these experience in-game. And we have film night at our houses and break down film and just talk through a bunch of things, get everyone’s point-of-view. There's a bunch of things I'm working on from last season, there things Cam's working on, things Josh is working on, and some things from everybody. And kind of seeing good conversations. But it’s kind of one of the things we're working on out here. On Ron Rivera and the different culture he brings: “I can't speak on what was there before, I was walking into Carolina the first day I got there, he brought me aside and talk to me and said, 'you’re going to get your chance'. I was the fourth quarterback at that time and you’re going to get your chance, take advantage of your reps. In practice, he would make sure you were saying things and he would say things and work with me. As the head coach, you don't have to do that for the fourth guy. At that time, they brought me in to be that. I turned out to be more than that. But, that first impression was really cool to me and then the overall culture that he built there or how many years he was in Carolina. He was a player’s coach, all the players loved him and respected him. And if you’re in that room that day that he had said his goodbye to all of us, he got let go, not a dry eye in that room. Everyone had a tone of respect for him player, staff. He built that culture; he deserves to have that respect. So, I think there's going to be a mutual respect between all the players and the coaches. I think he's really going to get the most out of you but he cares about you too. There’re probably other coaches like that in the league and there are some that aren't like that. And he's one of my favorite head coaches I've ever played for.”
  10. For Immediate Release March 31, 2020 REDSKINS SIGN LB KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pierre-Louis (6-0, 231) is entering his seventh NFL season after originally being selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 71 regular season games with four starts. Last season as a member of the Chicago Bears, Pierre-Louis saw action in 14 games with a career-high three starts and finished with 32 tackles (22 solo), one interception and three passes defensed. Pierre-Louis spent the 2018 campaign with the New York Jets and appeared in nine games. He recorded the only sack of his career with the Jets. In 2017 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, he posted single season career-highs in total tackles (35) and solo tackles (25). He has appeared in four postseason games (three with Seattle and one with Kansas City) and registered five tackles (three solo) and one forced fumble. Pierre-Louis played collegiately at Boston College where he appeared in 44 career games and was named First Team All-ACC as a senior. Pierre-Louis, 28, attended King Low Heywood Thomas H.S. in Stamford, Conn. He was born October 7, 1991.
  11. For Immediate Release March 30, 2020 REDSKINS SIGN TE RICHARD RODGERS & WR CODY LATIMER LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed tight end Richard Rodgers and wide receiver Cody Latimer. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Rodgers (6-4, 247) is entering his seventh NFL season after originally being selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (98th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 71 regular season games with 24 starts. Rodgers has 121 receptions for 1173 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in his career. In 2015, Rodgers appeared in 16 games with 12 starts and finished the season with 58 receptions for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. He was ranked fifth among NFL tight ends with his career-high eight touchdowns and tied for fifth-most by a tight end in Packers history. Rodgers has appeared in 10 postseason contests with two starts and recorded 13 receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers played collegiately at California where he appeared in 35 career games during his three seasons. Rodgers, 28, attended St. John’s H.S. in Shrewsbury, Mass. He was born Jan. 22, 1992. Latimer (6-1, 222) is entering his seventh NFL season after originally being selected in the second round (56th overall) by the Denver Broncos in the 2014 NFL Draft. Latimer has appeared in 66 regular season games (15 starts) and registered 70 receptions for 935 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned 47 kicks for 1,132 yards. In 2015, Latimer was a member of the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 championship team. He appeared in three postseason games and caught three passes for 31 yards. Latimer attended Indiana University where he appeared 32 games (24 starts) in three seasons. He tallied 135 receptions for 2,042 yards and 17 touchdowns. Latimer, 27, attended Jefferson Township High School in Dayton, Ohio. He was born on October 10, 1992.
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  13. For Immediate Release March 27, 2020 REDSKINS SIGN T CORNELIUS LUCAS LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed tackle Cornelius Lucas. Full terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lucas (6-8, 327) is entering his seventh NFL season after originally being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Lions in 2014. He has appeared in 53 regular season games with 16 starts. Lucas has started in both of the postseason contests that he has appeared in during his career. In 2019, Lucas appeared in 16 games with eight starts at tackle for the Chicago Bears. He allowed only one sack, per STATS LLC. Lucas played collegiately at Kansas State where he appeared in 50 career games. He was a First Team All-Big 12 selection in 2012. Lucas, 28, attended Edna Karr H.S. in New Orleans, La. He was born July 18, 1991.
  14. For Immediate Release March 26, 2020 REDSKINS SIGN RBs PEYTON BARBER & J.D. McKISSIC LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed running backs Peyton Barber and J.D, McKissic. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Barber (5-11, 225) is entering his fifth NFL season after originally being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016. He has appeared in 63 games with 28 starts and has rushed for 1,987 yards on 551 attempts with 15 rushing touchdowns. Barber has also hauled in 57 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns. In 2019, Barber appeared in all 16 contests and made seven starts. He rushed for 470 yards on 154 attempts and reeled in 16 receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown. Barber rushed for a single season career-high six rushing touchdowns. In 2018, Barber started in all 16 games in which he appeared and set single season career-highs in attempts (234), rushing yards (871), receptions (20) and scrimmage yards (963). Barber played collegiately at Auburn where he appeared in 18 career games. Barber, 25, attended Milton H.S. in Georgia. He was born June 27, 1994. McKissic (5-10, 195) is entering his fifth NFL season after originally being signed as an undrafted free agent in by the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. He has appeared in 35 games with four starts and has rushed for 402 yards on 88 attempts with one rushing touchdown. McKissic has also registered 70 receptions for 515 yards and three touchdowns. In 2019, McKissic appeared in a single season career-high 16 contests and made three starts while registering single season career-highs in rushing yards (205), rushing average (5.4 avg.), and receptions (34). McKissic has appeared in three postseason contests and hauled in three receptions for 18 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown reception against Dallas in the Wild Card Round of the 2018 postseason. McKissic played collegiately at Arkansas State where he appeared in 50 career games and was a three-time Sun Belt All-Conference selection. McKissic, 26, attended Central H.S. in Phenix City, Ala. He was born August 15, 1993.
  15. For Immediate Release March 25, 2020 REDSKINS SIGN LB THOMAS DAVIS SR. & OL JEREMY VUJNOVICH LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed linebacker Thomas Davis Sr. and offensive lineman Jeremy Vujnovich. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Davis (6-1, 235) is a 15-year NFL veteran who entered the league as a first-round selection (14thoverall) by the Carolina Panthers in the 2005 NFL Draft. Davis has started in 174 of the 192 regular season games he has appeared in with the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Chargers. He has recorded 1,189 tackles (836 solo), 13 interceptions, 54 passes defensed and 18 forced fumbles per STATS LLC. As a member of the Panthers, he appeared in 11 postseason games with eight starts and notched 61 tackles (42 solo) and 2.0 sacks. He tallied seven tackles (five solo) in Super Bowl 50. A three-time Pro Bowler (2015-17), Davis currently ranks second among active players in tackles 1,189 (836 solo) per Pro Football Reference. He is also the only active linebacker with 25 or more sacks and 10 or more interceptions. His 54 passes defensed are the most among active linebackers and his 13 interceptions are the second-most behind Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. He also has the second-most forced fumbles (18) among active inside linebackers behind Tampa Bay's Lavonte David (21). In 2015, Davis started in all 16 games and tallied 105 tackles (75 solo), 5.5 sacks, four interceptions, seven passes defensed and four forced fumbles. He became one of two linebackers to ever record at least 100 tackles, 5.0 sacks, four interceptions and four forced fumbles in a single season, joining Wilber Marshall (2x, 1986 and 91). He also received First Team All-Pro recognition from The Associated Press and First Team All-NFC honors from the Professional Football Writers of America. He was also awarded the Bart Starr Award, given annually to a player who "best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community." A 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner, Davis became the first linebacker to receive the award since Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks was recognized as the Man of the Year in 2000. Davis’ efforts through his foundation, the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, and other means to promote programs for underserved youth have been consistent throughout his career. Davis played three seasons (2002-04) at Georgia after redshirting in 2001, playing in 38 career games with 28 starts. He earned unanimous first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a junior while garnering first-team (Sporting News) and second-team (The Associated Press) All-America recognition. Davis, 36, attended Randolph-Clay High in Cuthbert, Ga. He was born on March 22, 1983. Vujnovich (6-5, 300) is entering his fourth NFL season after originally being signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent. He has appeared in 23 regular season games with 18 starts. Vujnovich attended Louisiana College where he appeared in 29 games (28 starts). He earned first-team All-American Southwest Conference honors as a senior in 2013. Vujnovich, 29, attended Belle Chasse High School in Belle Chasse, La. He was born on October 12, 1990.
  16. For Immediate Release March 25, 2020 REDSKINS RE-SIGN LB NATE ORCHARD LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have re-signed linebacker Nate Orchard. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Orchard, (6-3, 251), a five-year NFL veteran, entered the league after being selected in the second round (51st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He spent three seasons with the Browns from 2015-17, before stints with both Buffalo and Kansas City in 2018. He was signed by the Redskins prior to Week 13 of last season. For his career, Orchard has appeared in 43 regular season games with 13 starts. He has totaled 83 tackles (51 solo). In addition, he has 6.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, six passes defensed and one interception. Orchard appeared in each of the five remaining games for Washington following his signing. He tallied a career-high 14 total tackles (eight solo), a sack, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery. He also added a blocked punt. Orchard played collegiately at Utah and appeared in 24 games over two seasons. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award, given to college football’s top defensive end. Orchard, 27, attended Highland H.S. in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born January 5, 1993.
  17. For Immediate Release March 24, 2020 REDSKINS ACQUIRE QB KYLE ALLEN LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have acquired quarterback Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Allen (6-3, 210) has spent two seasons in the NFL after originally entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2018. He has appeared in 15 career regular season games with 13 starts, completing 323-of-520 passes (62.1 percent) for 3,588 yards with 19 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a passer rating of 82.0. He has also rushed 37 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns in his career. Last season, he started 12 of the 13 games in which he appeared for the Panthers. He completed 303-of-489 passes (62.0 percent) for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He also rushed 32 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns Allen played collegiately at Houston (2017) and Texas A&M (2014-15). He was named the Conference USA Most Valuable Player and earned Offensive Player of the Year honors twice. Allen, 24, attended Desert Mountain H.S. in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born March 8, 1996.
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  20. For Immediate Release March 23, 2020 REDSKINS MAKE ROSTER MOVES LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have made the following roster moves: The Redskins released the following players: CB Breon Borders CB Dee Delaney S Montae Nicholson CB Coty Sensabaugh CB Kayvon Webster
  21. For Immediate Release March 23, 2020 REDSKINS SIGN S SEAN DAVIS & TE LOGAN THOMAS LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed safety Sean Davis and tight end Logan Thomas. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Davis (6-1, 202) is entering his fifth NFL season after originally being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round (58th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 48 regular season games with 41 starts. Davis has recorded five career interceptions for 103 yards in regular season play to complement 243 tackles (186 solo), 20 passes defensed, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was named to Gil Brandt's NFL All-Rookie Team in 2016. Last season, Davis was placed on the reserve/injured list after he suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2. For the 2018 campaign, Davis registered a team-high 79 tackles (58 solo), one interception and seven passes defensed. In 2017, he notched a team-high 90 tackles (69 solo), 1.0 sack, three interceptions, eight passes defensed and one forced fumble. In postseason play, he has started the four games in which he has appeared and has registered 28 tackles (18 solo) and 1.0 sack. Davis played collegiately at Maryland from 2012-15, where he earned 2015 honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as he led the nation with five forced fumbles, which were the second-most in a single season in school history. Davis, 26, attended the Maret School in Washington, D.C. He was born October 23, 1993. Thomas (6-0, 231) is entering his seventh NFL season after originally being selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 42 regular season games with eight starts. Thomas has 35 receptions for 317 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his career. Thomas entered the league as a quarterback and converted to a tight end in 2017 with the Buffalo Bills. 41 of his 42 games played and all of his starts have come at the tight end position. In 2019, Thomas appeared in 16 games with three starts at tight end and finished the season with 16 receptions for 173 yards and one touchdown. Thomas has appeared in two postseason contests with one start and recorded one reception for five yards. Thomas played collegiately at Virginia Tech where he appeared in 45 career games and was named Second Team All-ACC in 2011. Thomas, 28, attended Brookville H.S. in Lynchburg, Va. He was born July 1, 1991.