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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.”

Arizona Cardinals

Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions road victory against the Arizona Cardinals 17-3, somehow keeping their playoff hopes alive

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1. Zach Zenner showed up to play this week

Late in the game, Zach Zenner got a few series at running back and he made an immediate impact. He helped the Lions drive down the field and score their only offensive touchdown of the game. Not only did he do that, but he helped ice the game by getting first downs late in the 4th quarter. Zenner finished with 54 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. 

2. Jarrad Davis was all over the place on defense

Davis is really starting to get in his zone on defense. He was breaking up pass plays, stuffing the run, and even got himself a sack in this game. Davis finished with eight tackles, one sack, and pass deflection. Throughout his first two years in the league, Davis is improving week by week and it is a great sign of things to come at linebacker for the Lions.

3. The offense continues to struggle each week while the defense has improved each week

If it wasn’t for Zenner’s spark and Darius Slay’s interception for a touchdown, the rest of the Lions offense was only able to manage three points. While fans should understand that the offense will struggle due to injuries, etc. it shouldn’t be as bad as it is. Stafford only threw for 101 yards because every pass was short and everybody struggled to get open. As long as Marvin Jones and Kerryon Johnson are still on the sidelines, there is nothing really positive going for the Lions offense.

With this victory, the Lions still somehow have a chance to make the playoffs. While they will need lots of help from other teams, the possibility is still there. Now, this victory wasn’t against a very good Cardinals team, but the defense still looked really good and was a major factor in the Lions winning. With three games left in the season and two of those being divisional games, it will be very interesting to see where the 2018 season pans out for the Lions.

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Lions Shut Down Ziggy Ansah

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The Detroit Lions have shut down defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who has been placed on injured reserve, according to an official team announcement.

It is likely that the Lions will move on from Ansah this offseason. 

The Lions opted to apply the franchise tag to Ansah last offseason, paying him $17.1 million and were willing to negotiate a long term deal for the end.

Ansah suffered a number of injuries this season and only posted 4 sacks over 7 games.

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Bears’ Bryce Callahan Out with Broken Bone in Foot

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The Chicago Bears will be without cornerback Bryce Callahan who suffered a broken foot during Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Rams, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Chicago is waiting to decide on if they will be placing Callahan on injured reserve until they know the full extent of his injury.

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