Cornelius Washington

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  1. DavidL

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    Washington buying more time with Bears

    [​IMG] Andrew Dannehy | August 20th, 2014
    Just when I was ready to write Cornelius Washington off as nothing more than a workout warrior, he showed actual skill on the football field last week, something that could be a big long-term benefit for both he and the Bears.
    When the Bears drafted Washington, one of their scouts referred to him as “avatar” because of his freakish athletic ability. That ability didn’t always show up on the field at Georgia and there was no sign he could play for the Bears last year. We still don’t know if he’s ever going to be a decent defensive end, but he has the look of a standout special teams player. If he continues to standout in the third phase, it will give the Bears more time to develop him as a defensive end.

    Washington only had one tackle, but it was an impressive one. After the Bears’ go-ahead touchdown, Washington flew down the field faster than anyone his size should, evaded a blocker and and took whoever the hell the Jaguars return man was. On their previous kickoff, Washington was the first player down the field and blew up their return without making the tackle.
    Wearing number 94, Washington looks like a much larger version of Brendon Ayanbadejo. If he ends up being nearly as good as Ayanbadejo was, he would have been a steal in the sixth round.
    In 2014, the Bears can ask Washington to be a heat-seeking missile on special teams. It’s something he has the ability to excel at and fills a need. There is still the potential for more and the Bears can keep trying to tap into that potential, as long as Washington has value on special teams.
    It’s hard to remember now, but Israel Idonije barely played on the Bears defense his first few seasons with the team. He was a special teams specialist, even being used as a gunner at times. By providing value there, Idonije got to work with Rod Marinelli and eventually became a solid defensive lineman. By playing special teams, Washington will get extra time with Clint Hurtt and Paul Pasqualoni. He’ll also get to study Jared Allen for the next couple of seasons.
    Washington showed more than just special teams ability. He was dominant at defensive end in the fourth quarter, but it’s hard to know how much stock to put in that, since he was going against a guy who may never play in the NFL.
    The second-year end out of Georgia blew Jacksonville tackle Josh Wells up for what ended up being a tackle for a loss by Tracy Robertson. Then he got pressures on a few other plays and also got a tackle for a two-yard loss.
    Washington isn’t better than any of the Bears top four defensive ends and may not even be a better end than David Bass. But if he’s able to be a great special teams player, he could earn his roster spot just like Ayanbadejo was able to do for his entire career and Idonije did early in his career.
    The Bears are going to keep 10 defensive linemen. Jared Allen, Willie Young, Lamarr Houston, Jeremiah Ratliff, Stephen Paea, Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson are locks. Trevor Scott and Nate Collins appear to be pretty sure bets. Their fifth defensive end hopefully won’t play much, if any, defense this year, if Washington is a special teams stud, they have to keep him over Bass.
    As long as he’s on the roster, the Bears coaches can continue to work on turning him into an every down player. Even if that doesn’t work out, it appears he has a good chance to be a special teams ace, that alone would make him a worthwhile pick.

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    If this guy is right, special teams might be CornWash's ticket to the roster. He certainly has both the speed and size to be a great wedge-buster on special teams.
  2. DavidL

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    What a horrible game:

    1. Bears defense is supposed to be improved. Didn't show it in Seattle. Nobody beats Seattle at home, but 31-0 at the half is embarrassing even in preseason.

    2. CornWash barely got any playing time, and they were not running plays to his side of the field.

    3. Lane got a ton of playing time and made one tackle and a sack. The tackle was on a play where he was unblocked and was chasing from the backside. The RB cut back into him. On the sack, the blocker completely whiffed the block, and Lane was able to get Jackson around the ankles. Two plays is not much to show for the amount of playing time he got, but more than CornWash, so I gotta give Lane the clear edge in this game. I am nervous but not yet suicidal. They should both get a lot of playing time in the last preseason game, but I am getting this feeling that Tucker is determined to keep "his boy" no matter.
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    David, I speak for every Bears fan on this board: You have made me root against a Bears player unlike anyone before. Cornwash is trash and doesn't deserve game time in a MEANINGLESS GAME. I can't wait until he is cut, just so you have nothing to talk about in relation to football.
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    What # is he anyways ? If a guy can't make me know what his # is - then he ain't doing nothing to make himself noticeable . Yawn.
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    He's like#5 or 38 or something
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    :rofl2:

    I agree, he is a natural leader. :rofl2:
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    I have something already planned for this board if CornWash makes the 53-man roster.

    If he does not, then I have to decide whether to choose another Bear in our "adopt a Bear" project. If I do, I promise to post as much stuff about him as I have about CornWash -- mostly to annoy Henry.
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    Did Corny even see the field last night, I saw Bass make a few plays, Lane was all over the place chasing the qb, but Corny didn't see him.
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    Hopefully David won't pull a Robin Williams when CornWash doesn't make the final roster.




























    What, too soon?
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    Lemme guess... some sort of childish post involving "I told you so" and stuff like that?

    He made the roster last year and never saw the field. Yea... that is something to brag about
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    Nope. Nothing like that. You'll have to wait.
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    Actually he looked pretty good. When we got the int that was a direct result of C.Washington putting heat on the QB. The announcers game him credit for the Seahawk turnover. Washington was running him down like a dog & he threw the wild pass.
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    You and I might be the only guys around here who see what he does. Whether it is a pass or a run, CornWash is CONSISTENTLY in the opposing backfield, whether he makes a play or not it is disruptive. He is strong as an ox. They can't knock him off the line on running plays. If his pass rush technique were as good as Scott's, he'd be second team.
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    Must not always show it or he'd have actually played last year.

    If he actually makes the roster, hopefully he actually plays a game this time
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    Since they cut Collins, that means they are keeping 6 DE's. That is good news and bad news for CornWash. It improves his chances of making the 53-man roster. That's the good news. However, if you are the 6th DE, you aren't going to get much playing time. That's the bad news.

    Last year, CornWash was inactive for 14 games. He was activated for the two Lions games, and had a total of 10 snaps. McClellin was so bad at DE last year, it is Tucker's fault that CornWash couldn't get on the field. Anybody who says CornWash can't stop the run better than McClellin is nuts, and last year the Bears had the worst run defense of any Bears team I have seen since 1963. Seriously. Tucker had nothing to lose by benching McClellin. I can't imagine CornWash playing any worse than him.

    I doubt Tucker will be playing him this year unless Allen or Scott is injured. We'll see. I want him to come out like a crazed dog in this last preseason game.
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    I figure last year doesn't mean anything this year. I didn't expect anything out of him his rookie year. He was a late round pick, green as a gourd and an obvious "project" that needed development. All you can ask of a guy like that is to get better. I'm sure no expert, but he does look better to me. But I'm not expecting him to be a stud this year. Just making the team and being a solid depth player would be a milestone in this, his second season. I'm not a C.Washington fan or hater - not either one. I just think the guy's making progress and seems to have a lot of raw talent.
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    I think that is a fair assessment. He is only 24 and the two guys ahead of him at RDE are age 32 and 29, so if he can keep progressing, he should be able to get in the rotation by the time his 4-yr. contract expires, if not sooner.
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    Personally, I like his recent improvement and would like to see him stick. I just am not sure if it is enough in the eyese of the coaching staff. I just give 50/50. Not sure what will happen there.
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    I think you could be right BIH. I'm not sure how this will play out. Only the coaches know I guess. I just can't see being overly critical of the guy based upon his lack of playing time in his rookie season. He was drafted as a project. Many of these project guys don't make it in the NFL but some do. I'm still hoping this guy can help our team. But only time will tell. We really don't know.
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    CornWash needs to play his ass off in this last preseason game to seal the deal. I think he's as good as Lane or Bass right now and will be much better than either of them in a couple more years because he is MUCH faster and stronger physically. It would be a mistake to cut him, but I am nervous. The Lane/Tucker connection gives Lane the inside track on the #5 slot, and it's 50/50 between CornWash and Bass for #6, which is why this last preseason game is critical. Since none of these guys would see much playing time this year with the 4 DE's the Bears brought in during the offseason, maybe CornWash can make it on the basis of his special teams play.

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