After finishing the preseason with six tackles and two passes defensed as a converted cornerback, rookie Quinton Dunbar now waits to see if he's made the Redskins' final roster.*
Joining a new team as an undrafted free agent, sometimes all it takes is having the humility to do whatever the coaches ask to make the right impression and give yourself the best chance at longevity for an NFL career.
Oh yeah, and it certainly helps to have a long 6-foot-2-inch frame and the natural athletic ability that enables you to play multiple positions on both sides of the ball.
A wide receiver who went undrafted out of Florida this year, Quinton Dunbar found himself in the rare situation this offseason after signing with the Redskins: his natural athleticism and long limbs made him the perfect candidate for a position switch once cornerback became a position decimated by injuries early in training camp.
Initially coming in to fill out a long depth chart of receivers, Dunbar was told by coaches that they thought his best opportunity to make the team was at cornerback, and he took that for what it was worth and immediately threw himself at his new challenge.
Now, Dunbar waits to see if his efforts have earned him a spot on the Redskins' final 53-man roster. The deadline for final cuts from 75 to 53 is 4 p.m. Saturday.
"I mean, I felt like I soaked everything in and did whatever the coaches told me to do to make the best of my opportunities," Dunbar said Thursday after the Redskins' preseason finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I honestly feel like I did a pretty good job transitioning from wide receiver to cornerback. I'm competitive, so when they told me they were going to make the switch fully, I was up for the task. Like I said, I'm a competitor and I love the game of football, so I just took it as an opportunity to go out there and do what I can do."
Playing a part in all four preseason games, Dunbar wrapped up his preseason in the finale against the Jaguars with three tackles. He ended the preseason with six total tackles and two passes defensed and hopes that, at the very least, he made enough plays and showed enough flashes to find his way on the Redskins' practice squad.
"I'm leaving it in God's hands," Dunbar said. "I know I gave it 110 percent and that's all I can do. At the end of the day, whatever happens, I'm proud of myself to be honest."
With the ability to play both receiver and cornerback – and with plenty of room to develop at each – Dunbar is confident that his versatility will be looked upon as an asset in the NFL.
"I feel like it'll help it a lot," he said. "You never know."