RICHMOND, Va. – The Redskins need more help in the secondary. Quinton Dunbar needs to find a way to make the roster.
It was going to be tough as a receiver so Dunbar went along with the coaches suggestion – and switched to corner.
Dunbar worked with the corners in drills on Thursday,then went through full-team work with the defense on Friday. The Redskins like his length (he’s 6-foot-2) and the fact he once ran the 40-yard dash in 4.29 seconds. But what impressed them was how Dunbar, an undrafted rookie from Florida, fared when blocking the flyers in punt drills.
“He looked like he could get his hands on people and changed direction pretty good,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.
“I was excited,” Dunbar said about the move. “I feel like a player. ... They see me in some of the periods jam a few guys and they get excited about it. The coaches see the potential so I’m all for it.”
Dunbar fared well in work vs. the Texans, considering it was his first time in legitimate action. He did surrender some catches, one for a touchdown from inside the 10-yard line. He moved well, though Dunbar will need to adapt to turning his body vs. cuts – not getting too off-balance.
The fact he played receiver should help in the transition.
“I know the mentality and I know when you’re a defensive back you have to stay patient because the receiver is trying to get you off the landmark,” Dunbar said.
Nobody mentioned a possible switch to corner, a spot he hadn’t played since high school, before the draft. But, considering the number of injuries Washington has at corner (three of their top four corners sat out of practice Friday because of various issues), Dunbar will receive opportunities.
“He’s got a ways to go with his technique,” Gruden said. “But he’s got the measurable to be a pretty dang good corner.”