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Seven Things We've Learned About Kendall Fuller


As players take their final breaks before training camp, The Redskins Blog will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.

Today, we'll focus on rookie cornerback Jonathan Allen.

1. His brothers are NFL athletes:

If you're a sibling of Kendall Fuller there's a high likelihood – 100 percent chance in fact – you play or played in the NFL.

Check out images of cornerback Kendall Fuller during his first few months with the Washington Redskins.

Kendall is now the fourth brother in his family to play in the NFL. From oldest to youngest, Vincent II, Corey, Kyle and now Kendall, can now all say they've been part of an NFL team. Vincent II enjoyed a seven-year career in the NFL from 2005-2011, Corey is heading into his fourth season with the Detroit Lions and Kyle is going into his third year with the Chicago Bears. Though they all get along well, the competitive nature is always within them as they constantly try to best each other.

"We talk trash all the time," Kendall said at the NFL Combine this year. "We have a little thing where all of us will find a hobby that we like, and just if one person finds one, even if you don't like it, you've gotta try to get it just so you can beat them...Any time we get around each other it's definitely fun."

2. His brothers are also his role models:

If your three older brothers have all made it to the NFL, you would be well served to follow their example and emulate what they do. That's just what Fuller has done.

While he continuously looks for ways to best each other at the end of the day, Fuller has always looked up to them for advice on their experiences in the NFL, as well as life.

"My role models have always been my brothers, watching them, watching their paths, watching them grow, watching them develop, they're the reason I am here today," Fuller said. "They kind of always led by example through their actions, always doing the right things, showing me how to be a good player and just a good man."

3. Head coach Jay Gruden loves his versatility:

Even though he is a rookie coming off an ACL injury, the Redskins plan to use Fuller plenty throughout the season and Gruden loves guys like Fuller who can play multiple positions in different situations.

"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 told ESPN 980. "We can leave [Bashaud] Breeland outside. 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."

4. He will be ready to go by training camp:

Last season Fuller suffered a torn ACL and was forced to sit out for most of last year, but the rookie corner is not worried about his injury going into this upcoming season.

"Yeah, I'll definitely be good by training camp," Fuller said. "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. That's about it really. Get a little bit more strength and besides that just getting back into football shape, so I'm pretty much there."


5. He loves his new defensive coaches: **

Fuller has loved working with his new defensive coaches so far this offseason and enjoys the intensity from defensive backs coach Perry Fewell, who " demands a lot out of his guys."

Defensive coordinator Joe Barry's schemes also have Fuller ready to thrust himself into action.

"Yes, definitely excited," Fuller said. "Just the coach that he is, the system that he has, I'm just excited to come in here and learn and get on the field."

6. He grew up in Maryland and is excited to play in his hometown:

* *If the name Fuller sounds familiar, it's not just you. Fuller grew up Olney, Md., where he attended high school at Our Lady of Good Counsel. He made a lot of noise in high school as a track star and football player. As a senior, he was the U.S. Army All-American Defensive Player of the Year and the Maryland Gatorade Football Player of the Year. Kendall is now excited to play and showcase his talents to his hometown on the big stage.

"I'm definitely excited to be with this team," he said. "Being around the area for so long, it's definitely a blessing."

7. He threw out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals:

* *Fuller was recently able to put his baseball skills on display for everyone to see as he was chosen to represent the Redskins in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch a few weeks ago.

By all accounts it was a pretty good pitch and the Redskins had to remind the Nationals that he had just signed to play football for them. The Nationals pitching seems to be in good hands either way this season and respected the Redskins wishes to not attempt to sway him to baseball.

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