Washington Redskins: 3 Players Primed for a Breakout Season in 2018

Washington Redskins: 3 Players Primed for a Breakout Season in 2018

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Cornerback Quinton Dunbar

Quinton Dunbar was an undrafted free agent wide receiver from Florida when the Washington Redskins signed him after the 2015 NFL Draft. Washington had some depth at receiver that summer but was battling some injuries at cornerback. So, the Redskins asked Dunbar to switch the cornerback before the end of training camp and the team saw promise in him, stashing him on the practice squad.

It didn’t take long for the Redskins to bring Dunbar to the main roster. After just over three weeks on the practice squad, Washington needed Dunbar and activated him. He played, too. The highlight of his rookie season was when Dunbar picked off an Eli Manning pass in the end zone.

Clearly, the Redskins liked Dunbar and kept him on the roster the following season and he gradually improved. In 2017, under the tutelage of new defensive backs coach Torrian Gray, Dunbar’s career took off and he looked the part of a bonafide NFL starting cornerback.

In the offseason, Washington rewarded Dunbar with a three-year extension. The Redskins further committed to Dunbar by letting four-year starter Bashaud Breeland walk and trading their top corner from a year ago, Kendall Fuller, in the trade to acquire Smith.

This training camp, Dunbar has stood out. He’s making plays and looking like he could be Washington’s top defensive back.

If Dunbar takes the next step in his development, the Redskins could very well be a playoff team in 2018.

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