D.J. Swearinger happy to be back in Arizona with Cardinals
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — D.J. Swearinger, released abruptly by the Washington Redskins this week after publicly criticizing the defensive coaching, didn't need much time to find a landing place.
He's back in Arizona with the Cardinals, where he played part of 2015 and all of the 2016 season.
Cardinals sign S Swearinger 1 day after release by Redskins
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Safety D.J. Swearinger, released by Washington after he criticized the team, was signed Tuesday by the Arizona Cardinals.
Swearinger said Monday, when he was cut by the Redskins, that he received no explanation for the move. A day later, the Cardinals claimed him off waivers and placed offensive lineman Korey Cunningham (foot) on injured reserve.
Swearinger released by Redskins, gets no explanation why
The Washington Redskins released safety D.J. Swearinger on Monday.
Swearinger early in the day told a radio station in Washington D.C. he'd been cut with one game remaining in the regular season. He said on 106.7 The Fan that Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not give him an explanation for the move.
"I don't regret nothing, because I know I gave 100 percent effort from my heart," Swearinger said.
The Redskins later Monday sent out a release with the transaction.
Redskins are unraveling amid four-game losing streak
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have lost four in a row, are down to their fourth quarterback and are mired in criticism from several players.
A once-promising season has gone off the rails thanks to injuries on the offense and blown assignments and missed tackles on defense. The finger-pointing is well underway on a team that has fallen to 6-7 and there is plenty of blame to go around.
New Skins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix admired late Sean Taylor
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix professed all sorts of love and admiration for the Washington Redskins a day after arriving in a trade — mentioning the late Sean Taylor, new teammate and offseason workout partner D.J. Swearinger and even the team's marching band.
Redskins get Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Packers for 4th-rounder
WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to improve a defense that's carried them to the top of the NFC East, the Washington Redskins added safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from the Green Bay Packers at Tuesday's NFL trade deadline for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick.
Clinton-Dix, who can become a free agent after this season, joins D.J. Swearinger to give the Redskins (5-2) a pair of veteran safeties who rank at the top of the league in interceptions.
The Latest: Redskins get safety Clinton-Dix from Packers
The Latest on moves at the NFL trade deadline (all times Eastern):
The Washington Redskins have acquired safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from the Green Bay Packers for a fourth-round draft pick.
Clinton-Dix, who can become a free agent after this season, joins D.J. Swearinger to give the NFC East-leading Redskins (5-2) a pair of veteran safeties.
Second-year player Montae Nicholson has been starting alongside Swearinger.
Redskins off to best start since 2008; Giants 1-7 again
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — There was a lot of laughter and smiles in the Washington Redskins' locker room, the exact opposite of what was happening down the hall where the New York Giants were dressing.
It's the difference between winning and losing.
The Redskins (5-2) are winning these days. They won their third in a row and kept their 1½-game lead in the NFC East with a 20-13 win over the hapless Giants, who are 1-7 for the second consecutive season.
Redskins win third straight, behind defense and Peterson
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — There's a cockiness about the Washington Redskins' defense.
They're shutting down some of the NFL's top running backs, making life miserable for opposing quarterbacks, not giving up many points — and doing a lot of talking.
Why not? The unit is the major reason the NFC East-leading Redskins (5-2) have matched their best start since 2008.
The Washington Redskins returned to addressing defensive needs Saturday afternoon when they selected Penn State safety Troy Apke No. 109 overall in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Apke recorded 55 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble in 23 games for the Nittany Lions. The 6-foot-1 prospect ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the scouting combine and was named the most valuable player at the NFPLA Collegiate Bowl, a postseason all-star game for college stars.
The Washington Redskins agreed to a multi-year contract Tuesday with safety Deshazor Everett, the team announced.
Everett, 26, was set to be a restricted free agent. He played 14 games last season, starting a career-high eight. He is also a core member of the Redskins' special teams.
Now that Washington Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger has had time to digest the team trading cornerback Kendall Fuller to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith, he is still upset.
Swearinger sounded off Wednesday on his Twitter account posting three tweets before deleting two of them.
Swearinger prepares to face Cardinals as Redskins’ leader
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Before each practice, D.J. Swearinger huddles Washington Redskins players together and delivers his daily message.
Sure, Swearinger is a six-year veteran, but this is his first season with Washington. Becoming a vocal leader just came naturally.
"It's just my personality," Swearinger said. "That's just my personality to get guys to buy in to do the right things so we can make winning a habit here.
Gruden seeks to move on, get Redskins prepared for Cardinals
Jay Gruden believes he and his staff need to do a better job of preparing Washington players to compete and the coach plans to address concerns some of Redskins expressed this week.
Gruden is once again on the defensive about his team's pre-game preparations with Washington coming off consecutive blowout losses that dropped the Redskins to 5-8 and destroyed even their faintest playoff hopes.
Gruden at ‘loss for words’ after Chargers’ rout of Redskins
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Coach Jay Gruden was thoroughly baffled by his Redskins' performance. Washington safety D.J. Swearinger blamed poor practices and a deficient mental approach.
Kirk Cousins was simply disappointed when the Redskins' playoff hopes officially ended in a soccer stadium in Southern California.
But perhaps Washington shouldn't have been quite so self-critical after a 30-13 loss on Sunday.
Revamped Skins defense ranks 31st in points allowed in NFL
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — So much for that offseason overhaul of the Washington Redskins defense, a unit that even cornerback Josh Norman acknowledged after a recent game played like "trash."
They fired their old defensive coordinator. They spent first-, second- and third-round draft picks on that side of the ball. They added free agents there, too.
Redskins under mounting pressure after costly collapse
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The beginning of a playoff push appeared firmly in place for the Washington Redskins when they celebrated a touchdown giving them a 15-point lead in New Orleans with less than six minutes left.
What happened next left the Redskins mired in a slump.
They had no answer for quarterback Drew Brees, a resurgent New Orleans run game or a reinvigorated Saints defense in a stunning 34-31 overtime loss.
- The Washington TimesDan Snyder still feels the Sean Taylor painMarch 15, 2019
- The Washington TimesD.J. Swearinger says Redskins will 'never win big' with Jay GrudenJanuary 24, 2019
- The Washington TimesLamar Jackson feelings do not trump trying to winJanuary 9, 2019
- The Washington TimesRedskins should follow these New Year's resolutions with 2019 approachingDecember 28, 2018
- The Washington TimesJay Gruden: Swearinger release 'right decision'December 27, 2018
Redskins battling inconsistency as they prepare for Saints
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — When the emotional leader of the Washington Redskins tried to explain the latest dip in their roller-coaster season, the diagnosis wasn't pretty.
"I guess we got too high on ourselves for whatever reason," safety D.J. Swearinger said after the Redskins followed an emotional victory at Seattle with a 38-30 loss at home to Minnesota. "We just weren't ready to play."
PHILADELPHIA Redskins linebacker Zach Brown went to blitz off the edge on a third-and-goal against the Philadelphia Eagles and saw running back Corey Clement escape into the flat. Brown tried to change directions, but by then, it was too late.
Despite being dragged down by two Redskins defenders, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz delivered the perfect throw and Clement came down with the touchdown, right over Brown. At that point in the third quarter, the score put the Eagles up by two touchdowns.
Banged-up Redskins show glimpses of being playoff contenders
After a tighter-than-expected victory by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, Travis Kelce complimented D.J. Swearinger and told him that the Washington Redskins just need to get healthy.
Banged-up Chiefs offensive line loses Duvernay-Tardif
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — D.J. Swearinger wasn't even sure he could play Monday night in Kansas City because of a hamstring injury, yet the Redskins safety was on the field from start to finish.
Good thing, too. The Redskins might have run out of backup defensive backs.
Chiefs’ Fisher, 6 banged-up Redskins active Monday night
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher was active for Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins after he was questionable with a back injury that caused him to miss a pair of practices.
The Chiefs were without linebacker Dee Ford, who had been ruled out with a back injury, and center Mitch Morse, who missed his second straight game with a foot sprain.
The Redskins listed six players as questionable and all were active Monday night.
Newcomers turn Redskins defense into a force early in season
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — When the Washington Redskins turned over almost half their starting defense from last season, coach Jay Gruden didn't know how it would go.
"You're never quite sure until they get here," Gruden said.
The Redskins' defensive newcomers are here, and so far they're spectacular.
One of the quiet keys to Washington going to 2-1 on the season, team sources tell us, has been the emergence of hard-hitting safety D.J. Swearinger. The defense on the whole has been better than expected, and the Week 3 clamp down it placed on the Oakland Raiders might be the best performance that unit has turned in the past several seasons.
Redskins set to pressure Rams’ Goff after effort vs Eagles
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — When D.J. Swearinger looks at Jared Goff so far in 2017 compared to a year ago, he sees a more comfortable quarterback.
Last week, the Eagles' Carson Wentz looked plenty comfortable under pressure from Swearinger and the Washington Redskins, who know they now have to ratchet things up against the 2016 first overall pick and the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Redskins safety Su’a Cravens talked out of retiring for now
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins placed Su'a Cravens on the exempt/left squad list Sunday, and his future is in doubt after teammates said the 22-year-old safety had to be talked out of retiring.
Cravens, penciled in as the starter at strong safety, has been out since Aug. 15 following knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Cravens was expected to return to practice this week but instead is expected to now miss the first four weeks of the season.
Cardinals Preview Capsule
ARIZONA CARDINALS (7-8-1)
New Faces: ILB Karlos Dansby, K Phil Dawson, S Antoine Bethea, S Budda Baker, QB Blaine Gabbert, ILB Haason Reddick.
Key Losses: S Tony Jefferson, DT Calais Campbell, S D.J. Swearinger, ILB Kevin Minter, K Chandler Catanzaro, OG Earl Watford, CB Tyvon Branch.
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WASHINGTON REDSKINS (8-7-1)
New faces: WR Terrelle Pryor, DL Stacy McGee, DL Terrell McClain, LB Zach Brown, S D.J. Swearinger.
Key losses: Offensive coordinator Sean McVay, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Pierre Garcon, DE Chris Baker, LB Trent Murphy (injured).
Redskins cut Nate Sudfeld, go with 2 quarterbacks
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Even with uncertainty about the future of Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins cut Nate Sudfeld to go with just two quarterbacks on their initial 53-man roster.
Sudfeld, a developmental prospect after being a sixth-round pick out of Indiana in 2016, was among the team's most notable cuts made Saturday before the deadline. Cousins is playing a second consecutive season on the franchise tag and could cost $34 million if retained under the same terms in 2018.
Swearinger’s extra point brings Redskins camp to an end
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins wrapped up their Richmond training camp Monday with a brief workout that ended when free safety D.J. Swearinger kicked an extra point that barely cleared the crossbar.
Swearinger brings the noise for Redskins defense
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bashaud Breeland intercepts a pass during practice and heads toward the end zone, and free safety D.J. Swearinger runs alongside hooting and hollering as if the play just won the Washington Redskins the Super Bowl.
Earlier, Swearinger made the same celebratory noises when it was him with the pick.
The 25 year old, in his first season with the Redskins, has stamped himself as the team's energy guy.
New Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky tells his players he doesn't have a crystal ball to always know the right play to call, yet before stepping on the field they have an idea what to expect.
"A lot of pressure," linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. "You look at the install sheets for when we're installing our defense, you see a lot of lines going forward."