Washington Football Team Training Camp Profiles: Cornerback
By Ian Cummings
Experience: 5th season
Draft Status: 2016 third-round pick (84th overall)
2019 Stats: 11 games, four starts, 49 total tackles, two pass deflections, 1.0 sack, three tackles for loss
2020 Outlook: Despite his heroics in the playoffs for the Chiefs, Kendall Fuller wasn’t a mainstay in the secondary’s starting lineup throughout the season. He outproduced his regular season coverage stats in three playoff games, but part of that may be due to Fuller’s constantly changing role in Kansas City.
Steve Spagnuolo experimented with Fuller throughout the year, and eventually found a versatile slot cornerback-safety role in which Fuller thrived. Heading into 2020, Fuller is one of the Washington Football Team’s best cornerbacks, but he won’t be limited to that positional boundary. Given that some of his best tape came at safety with the Chiefs, Ron Rivera should have plans to rotate him in there, and utilize his versatility in an effective manner.
Expected Role: Fuller will likely reprise his slot cornerback role from his last stint with the Washington Footnall Team. But as mentioned above, he’s since shown promise as a defensive back who can line up at safety as well, and him rotating out will allow the Washington Football Team to have some unique, athletic looks behind their defensive line.
Status: Washington paid a $10 million annual average to get Fuller off the open market. He’s a roster lock.