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Redskins’ Derrius Guice Winning Over Fans, Teammates with Energy

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Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice is winning both fans and teammates over with his personality and energy, which has been on full display during training camp.

“I know a lot of people are excited about their new rookie,” Guice said, according to ESPN’s John Keim. “I’m not one of those closed people. I want to get out and enjoy my time [in the NFL]. I don’t want to be one of those people that comes and doesn’t interact with anybody and is in his house all day. Fans put a lot of money into this, so why not give back to the fans once in a while? I don’t see a problem with that. That’s big for me. I know how great fans can be and I know how bad they can be at times. That’s just me. Why not give back now and again?”

The energy has stood out to his coaches.

“He brings an energy and character that you just don’t find every day,” Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan said. “He can’t stand still for a period of time. But when in the meetings, he’s locked in, focused on his job and he takes notes. He doesn’t ask questions just to ask questions. He asks questions to get the overall gist of what we’re trying to do. A lot of times guys ask questions which they know the answer, but ask the question to impress the teacher. He’s not that type.”

“When he’s running the ball, I asked him what he saw and he can explain the scheme and why he did what he did,” Jordan said. “He gives me a legit reason, instead of throwing something out there like, ‘Coach, I got speed. I can get to the corner.’ Well, why did you take the corner? And in protection, that’s going to be something he has to continue to work at. He takes what he does running the ball, in terms of being violent, into protection. Sometimes that hurts him because he gets too aggressive when he should be more patient.”

Teammates such as cornerback Josh Norman have also taken notice.

“Guice, that’s my little buddy; we hang out,” Norman said. “I try to keep on the straight and narrow. So yeah, he is definitely going to come around and he is going to show some people out. He really is. He is so eager to learn. He is just like a kid, energy all day, like an energy ball. Guys like that.”

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is impressed with Guice’s character and attitude.

“Grabbing him in the second round was obviously a great treat for us, but character was never a concern,” Gruden said. “He’s been great, never been late, attentive, great attitude, always happy, happy-go-lucky and fun to be around, quite frankly.”

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Eagles’ Nick Foles Discusses Tom Brady’s Handshake Snub

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles still hasn’t received a congratulatory hand shake from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who snubbed him following the Pats’ loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

While it is possible that Brady could congratulate Foles on Thursday night when the two teams meet for a preseason game, but even if it doesn’t happen, Foles is fine.

“No, I haven’t,” Foles said when asked if he has heard from Brady over the past few months, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus. “We both have a lot going on in our lives so, you know, in time.” Asked if he’d like Brady to engage him on Thursday, Foles made it clear that he does not view this as any kind of unresolved issue.

“It will happen when it happens. We practiced with the Patriots several years ago, and I got to stand there and talk to Tom for quite a bit. He’s a great guy. I have all the respect in the world for him,” said Foles.

“I think everyone’s making a really big deal out of this and it’s not a big deal at all. I’ve already talked to him before, he’s a guy I’ve always looked up to. You’ve got to admire someone who is probably the greatest ever and still going strong. I mean, even at his age he seems to get better and better. I’ve already had a conversation with him before when we practiced, so if we have one in the future, we’ll have one and it will be cool.”

“This is a new season, new people, new players,” Foles continued. “Obviously we wear the same logos as last year but we both have a new identity. This is the time of year where we grow together as teams, so that’s all I’m really focusing on.”

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Broncos’ John Elway Says Team Could Look for New Backup Quarterback

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Denver Broncos president John Elway isn’t too thrilled with the quarterback depth chart, despite the recent promotion of Chad Kelly to the #2 spot behind starter Case Keenum, and could be in the market for a new backup signal caller.

“I’m not going to tell you we’re definitely going to stand pat, but I’m not telling you we’re going (in) that direction, either,” Elway said, during an appearance on 103.5 The Fox (h/t Associated Press).

Kelly’s recent performance, in which he threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings, has seen him leapfrog former 2016 1st round pick Paxton Lynch on the depth chart.

“We’ve got to have confidence that that guy that’s going to be the backup can play and win football games,” Elway said. “And so that’s why we’re still in that process of trying to see if we’ve got that guy behind Case.

“Even though Chad played very well on Saturday night—we’ll see how he does this week—but if something were to happen to Case, can he come in and continue to win football games for us?” Elway said. “That’s the big part of the evaluation process and that’s still going on.”

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Panthers Sign Kiante Anderson

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The Carolina Panthers have signed undrafted rookie free agent Kiante Anderson on Wednesday, according to Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper.

Anderson played for East Carolina last season and compiled 54 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles over 18 appearances the last two years. Anderson is expected to provide depth along the defensive line.

In a corresponding move, the Panthers announced that they have waived defensive tackle Karter Schult.

 

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