Morning Manny: Redskins CB Kendall Fuller Making The Most Of His Opportunity

Washington Redskins' rookie CB Kendall Fuller has shined with his opportunity to start the past two games.

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It shouldn't have taken an injury for Kendall Fuller to replace Dashaun Phillips. He's flat-out better:

When starting slot corner Dashaun Phillips went down with a hamstring injury a few weeks ago, that opened the door for rookie Kendall Fuller to play. The former Virginia Tech DB was inactive the first three weeks of the season before being activated the past two games. Since receiving play time, it's become extremely clear as to who should start at nickelback the remainder of the season -- it's Fuller. 

Really, it was pretty obvious in preseason. But this team, apparently, tends to weigh on training camp play more than actual games. I understand Fuller is young and still pretty raw, but the guy can play. "I think he’s going to be a nickel here for a long time," Head Coach Jay Gruden said in his Monday presser. 

Gruden continued.

"We loved the way he plays. I love his work ethic. I like the way….He loves football. He studies and he’s a football player. He just has great natural instincts for the position and the more he sees, the more reps he gets, the better he is going to get and the more of an impact he is going to have.”

The coach wasn't the only one who loved what Fuller did in Sunday's win.

Not only is Fuller shining in coverage, but he's doing a good job at coming downhill and making tackles. In just two games, Fuller has 10 solo tackles, while Phillips only has 4. Not to mention, Fuller has a couple passes defended, while Phillips has none. 

I've always admired Fuller's competitive nature, even back at V-Tech where he faced top receivers such as Michael Thomas and even his now teammate Jamison Crowder. Fuller is what GM Scot McCloughan calls a "football player." 

Phillips told our Ben Standig after Sunday's win at Baltimore that he expects to be ready for the Week 6 NFC East showdown with Philadelphia. Just don't expect him back at his previous role. 

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