The Washington Redskins placed Quinton Dunbar and Danny Johnson on IR ahead of Week 17. They signed two more at the corner position to add depth for the final week of the season.
The Washington Redskins are going to have a vastly different-looking cornerback group for yet another week.
On Christmas Eve, the team elected to place Quinton Dunbar and Danny Johnson on IR, ending both of their seasons. Dunbar had been dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out the past couple of weeks while Johnson suffered an injury that knocked him out of last week’s game against the New York Giants. With just one week left in a lost season, it made sense for the team to avoid further injury to the duo and instead allow them to rehab and focus on next season.
With Dunbar and Johnson on IR, the Redskins are continuing to add depth to their secondary. And according to Ben Standig of The Athletic, they added Breon Borders and Dee Delaney, a couple of cornerbacks to their roster.
Borders, 24, went undrafted out of Duke in 2017 and has bounced around a bit at the NFL level. He started his career with the Oakland Raiders before spending part of the 2017 and ’18 seasons with the Buffalo Bills. After a brief stop with the Houston Texans, Borders landed with the Jacksonville Jaguars for a couple of seasons. Borders was active for 12 games with the Jaguars and recorded 7 tackles for the squad.
As for Delaney, also 24, he went undrafted out of Miami in 2018. He has spent time with the Jaguars, Dolphins, and Jets and was active for two games in Jacksonville during the ’18 season.
Neither of these players has a strong overall resume and the Redskins are just signing them as upside-based replacements. Maybe they’ll try to develop them a bit during the offseason, but we’ll see what happens.
These two signings do drive home one more important point: The Redskins really don’t want to play Josh Norman much for the rest of the season. Even amid all of the injuries the team has suffered, they have only allowed the veteran to play a limited role for the squad. Norman hasn’t been good this season, so the Redskins are likely just trying to focus on the future. He will likely be cut this offseason.
Overall, these moves have little consequence before the season finale. But they are important footnotes, as Borders or Delaney could see the field given the team’s lack of depth at the corner position.