Inching closer to an on-field return following a torn ACL last fall, Redskins rookie cornerback is confident he'll be fully healthy by the team's training camp in July.
Rookie Washington Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller is confident he'll be full-go by July for the start of the training camp as he still recovers from a torn ACL suffered during his junior season at Virginia Tech.
"Yeah, I'll definitely be good by training camp," Fuller said on Saturday after rookie minicamp. "Right now they're just taking it slow, so they can see where I'm at for themselves. But moving along quick, just taking it day by day."
Fuller has yet to be cleared for on-field work, but he's been working on the side with the training staff, strengthening his right knee for his eventual return.
"That's about it really," Fuller said. "Get a little bit more strength and besides that just getting back into football shape, so I'm pretty much there."
Fuller added that getting back into "football shape" shouldn't be too difficult for him since he's "only 190, 195" pounds.
Once healthy, the Redskins expect to use Fuller quite frequently, even as a rookie.
Head coach Jay Gruden recently mentioned that depending on where Fuller fits best, it allows the defense the option of moving Bashaud Breeland around, too.
"I think he's big enough to play corner, but we also think he's got a skillset to play nickel, which is very important," Gruden said. "Ideally, we'd like to keep him at nickel, and keep Breeland outside. If he can play outside, we can move Breeland inside to nickel. I think he's got a skillset where he can play both corner and nickel, which is very important nowadays to be versatile."
Despite not being about compete on the field just yet, the reception Fuller has received from the Redskins' fan base has been nothing short of phenomenal.
"It's been fun," Fuller said. "Really just getting in there and not really being able to come in until the 11th because of my school final exams, so just being able to get into the film room and once you get here you've just got to work."
With the 84th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected cornerback Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech. Take a look at his collegiate career in photos.
He's also been able to see how Perry Fewell prefers to coach his defensive backs as he watches from the sidelines during individual and unit work.
"He's a great coach, demands a lot out of his guys," Fuller said. "Right now the biggest thing is learning what you're doing on the field. If you're out there, not really knowing what you're doing, thinking what you're doing, you can't really play. So really getting it down mentally so you can just go out there and play fast."
While Fuller is focused on helping on the Redskins first, he's also looking eager about being on the same field with his brothers once again this year.
Corey Fuller is a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, who the Redskins play on Oct. 30. Kyle Fuller is a cornerback for the Chicago Bears, who the Redskins face on Christmas Eve.
"It's definitely big whenever we can compete against each other at that stage," Fuller said. "None of us really talk trash like that, but that's going to be one game with all the trash talk in the world."