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Throughout Career, Justin Rogers Has Adjusted


At all of the stops Justin Rogers has made during his career -- including with the Washington Redskins -- the cornerback has learned to adjust to the changes around him.

If there's been one continuous trend in Redskins cornerback Justin Rogers' career, it's adapting to changes around him.

The Richmond product – entering his fifth NFL season and second with the Redskins – has played on four different teams, each with their own systems.

And even during his first three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Rogers played with two different head coaches – Chan Gailey and Doug Marrone – and three different defensive coordinators -- George Edwards, Dave Wannstedt and Mike Pettine.

Rogers has experienced similar changes during his time with the Redskins, as he's now with a second defensive coordinator in Joe Barry.

"With a new coaching staff, my main focus right now is soaking in all the information and absorbing it," he told "And going out day in and day out, getting better, learning the playbook and executing."

On Barry's staff is also a new defensive backs coach in Perry Fewell.

A veteran coach who most recently was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, Fewell is someone with whom the defensive backs are still trying to mesh.

But once they do, there's the understanding that Fewell can help them increase their performances on the field.

"I think I can speak for all of the guys since he's new to all of us and we're pretty much getting a feel for him, but so far it's been good," he said. "We're learning from him. He's coaching us very hard. He's bringing a lot of energy, and we're having fun."

In 38 regular-season games with seven starts, the 5-foot-11, 181-pound Rogers has amassed 77 tackles with 14 passes defensed and three interceptions.

Whether it's as someone helping patrol the defensive backfield or making plays on special teams, Rogers sees himself as someone that can be counted on to perform in big moments.

"Just somebody that is reliable," he said when asked about what he brings to the table. "Like I said, I can play inside, play outside, play special teams. I'm kind of new here too, so I'm just looking to do whatever the team asks me to do. I can do multiple things."




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