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A review of Defensive UDFAs in Redskins Training Camp Antworten

During the month of May Womens Matthew Ioannidis Jersey , profiles for all the undrafted free agents signed by the Redskins were posted on Hogs Haven. To read any of these detailed profiles for the five players highlighted in this article, simply click on the player’s name at the top of each player summary below.Over the past couple of days, we looked at OFFENSIVE UDFA players who will be in Training Camp with the Redskins. This article is designed to highlight the DEFENSIVE UDFA players that are currently on the roster:Quin Blanding - S, UVaDanny Johnson - CB/KR, Southern UniversityJerod Fernandez - LB, NC StateRanthony Texada - CB, TCUVontae Diggs - LB, UConnThese five UDFA defensive players will go to training camp with the Redskins to compete for spots on the regular season roster. While the odds are generally stacked against UDFAs, I believe that two or three of these players have very real opportunities to break into the 53-man roster and could make it by the end of the preseason. It’s very possible that as many as four of them could end up with regular season contracts when the ten Practice Squad slots are taken into account.For each of the UDFAs that were profiled on Hogs Haven in May, two poll questions were put forward:As UDFAs go, rate this player: A, B, C, D or FHow good are the chances that this player is on the Redskins roster in 2018?— Pretty strong— Above average— 50/50— UnlikelyThe results of each poll are printed below each player’s short profile below to give you an idea how each player is seen by the Hogs Haven readers. Quin Blanding - S, UVaSizeSmartsLimitationsHow would he fit with the Redskins?Redskin SafetiesReturning from 2017 rosterD.J. SwearingerMontae NicholsonDeshazor EverettFish SmithsonVeteran free agentKenny Ladler (Vanderbilt; played for Bills in ‘14; spent ‘16 & ‘17 playing in CFL; could play LB)Draft pickTroy ApkeAdonis Alexander (some have suggested he could move from CB to S)UDFAsQuin BlandingCORNERBACKSPlayers returning from the 2017 rosterJosh NormanFabian MoreauQuinton DunbarJoshua HolseyVeteran free agent acquired this off seasonOrlando ScandrickDraft pickGreg StromanUDFAsDanny JohnsonRanthony TexadaRanthony Texada - CB Womens D.J. Swearinger Jersey , TCUThe more I read and hear about Ranthony Texada, the more I wonder if he might be the unexpected gem in the 2018 group of UDFAs that the Redskins have signed.One article on Texada says that he has played against seven of the top 26 receivers available this year’s NFL draft, including SMU’s Courtland Sutton, Oklahoma State’s James Washington and Iowa State’s Allen Lazard.Texada, at 5-foot-10 and about 13 pounds heavier than he was at the end of the 2017 season at 183 pounds, is hoping NFL scouts put more stock in what they saw him do on the field. Texada’s size may be in question, but there are plenty of defensive backs in the NFL with similar builds.A 4-year player at cornerback for the Horned Frogs, Ranthony Texada was the only freshman starter on TCU’s 12-1 team in 2014, and was named to Scout’s Freshman All-American team.By the time he was a senior, Texada had proven himself to be a valuable member of TCU’s squad. He earned All-America honors from Phil Steele and SB Nation, and was voted first-team All-Big 12 by the head coaches and Associated Press. As a senior, he started all 14 games, and his 42 career starts were the most among active Horned Frogs on the 2017 team. Texada ranked fifth in the Big 12 with 1.1 passes defended per game and led TCU with 14 pass breakups.More than meets the eyeSmart, with speed down the fieldWinning matchupsHow would he fit with the Redskins?Danny Johnson - CB/KR, Southern UniversityWalter Football: Johnson isn’t just a fast sprinter as he led the FCS in interceptions in 2016 with seven despite missing three games. That worked out as him recording an interception in every game he played in except for one. Scouts have favorably compared Johnson to other small-school cornerbacks like the Falcons’ Robert Alford and the Jets’ Buster Skrine. They think that Johnson is a tough defender and built to be a nickelback Womens Tress Way Jersey , and will have to compete as a slot corner to make an NFL roster.Lance Zeurlein: The self-titled “Louisiana Pimp Dog” is a four-year starter and boundary cornerback whose ball skills and instincts helped him thrive against less talented opponents. Johnson is a tough evaluation because his ball skills are so tempting, but he lacks classic click-and-close man cover traits and he may not be a clean fit as a slot cornerback. Johnson does fit off-man or zone heavy defenses, but he’ll need to become a much more willing participant in run support if he wants to find playing time.Hogs Haven:How does he fit with the Redskins?LINEBACKERSJerod Fernandez - LB, NC StateFour year starterCaveat emptorHow would he fit with the Redskins?Vontae Diggs - LB, UConnTo me, Vontae Diggs feels a little bit like the 2018 version of Nico Marley — an undersized overachieving linebacker with some intriguing personal history trying to beat the odds and make it in the NFL.The Hartford Courant, in June 2016:Hogs Haven, May 2018:How would he fit with the Redskins?John Zea:Today’s Polls The differences between Patrick Mahomes and Alex Smith are undeniable, one of them an up-and-coming quarterback with a big arm and little experience, the other the consummate game manager whose ability to avoid mistakes has served him well over the years.There are also some similarities, though."Very businesslike," Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. "Alex liked to have a lot of fun in the locker room as well. That's why he's an All-Pro in terms of one of my favorite teammates I've ever had. I think Pat is very similar, where he understands football but likes to go out and have fun."Here's another similarity the Chiefs would like to see between their current quarterback and his predecessor: Smith finished his time in Kansas City having beaten the Chargers eight straight times.That's the opponent for the start of the Mahomes era on Sunday.The Chiefs traded Smith to Washington in the offseason after getting a glimpse of Mahomes in Week 17 last year, when he dazzled in his starting debut against Denver.The Chiefs' playoff positioning had been wrapped up and most of the starters got the day off, but Mahomes nevertheless put on a show against the Broncos' starting defense in a come-from-behind road win.Mahomes thinks that experience Youth Adrian Peterson Jersey , combined with a year spent working side-by-side with Smith, will serve him well when he leads the Chiefs into their season opener."Having the preseason games helped," he said. "Being able to start off with those games and then having that Denver game last year and seeing where I need to be at with my emotions and at the same time play with a lot of passion is something that will help me going into this one."Did it feel any different walking into the practice facility this week as the No. 1 quarterback?"Not necessarily," Mahomes said. "I get to compete and play a sport that I love. I get to play with a lot of guys I have built great relationships with. So I am going to just go out there and have fun and hopefully win a football game."If that sounds like a starter wise beyond his years, well, that's because in many ways Mahomes has been groomed for this moment since his childhood. His father, Pat Mahomes, spent 11 years in the major leagues, and his boy spent quite a few of those years bouncing around the clubhouse.He understands the pressures and responsibilities of being a professional athlete."I haven't seen any nerves. I know he's excited to play. I think the whole team is," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said."Probably both teams are, to get out of camp and get this thing going. He is excited. I haven't seen anything that would tell you he's nervous. He's a pretty confident kid in his ability and I think he just wants to get going and play the game."Fans in Kansas City may be even more eager to see Mahomes on the field.They've waited an entire generation for the Chiefs to draft a quarterback in the first round, and see him develop into the clear starter. The last to do so was Todd Blackledge, who flamed out after he was selected in 1983 鈥?the same draft that produced John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.Starters since then have ranged from Steve DeBerg and Dave Krieg to Joe Montana, who was on the downward side of his illustrious career. There was Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac Youth Josh Doctson Jersey , and Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen, and a four-year stretch under Matt Cassel marked by mediocrity at best.When it comes to expectations for Mahomes, the floor is mediocrity.The ceiling? A championship.The march toward that begins when the Chiefs visit the Chargers on Sunday."Probably walking off the field hopefully with a win would be the best moment I am looking forward to," Mahomes said. "Hopefully we can go out there and compete on every aspect, every side of the ball 鈥?offense, defense, special teams 鈥?and come out with the win."Notes: Safety Eric Berry (heel) did not practice Thursday, making it even more unlikely that he plays against the Chargers. Berry is still considered day to day, but he has been out since early in training camp. "We've kept great communication with him," Reid said. "We'll just see how it goes." Custom Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys

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