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Kendall Christopher Fuller (born February 13, 1995) is an American football cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Fuller played his college football at Virginia Tech, and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the third round in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kendall Fuller
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Fuller in 2016
No. 23 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1995-02-13) February 13, 1995 (age 24)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Our Lady of Good Counsel
(Olney, Maryland)
College:Virginia Tech
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:179
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:24
Interceptions:6
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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Early yearsEdit

Fuller attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, where he played football and ran track. On the football varsity, he was teammates with Blake Countess and Stefon Diggs. As a senior, he was the U.S. Army All-American Defensive Player of the Year and the Maryland Gatorade Football Player of the Year after he totaled 44 receptions for 695 yards and seven touchdowns on offense, and three interceptions, eight pass breakups and 28 tackles (including a sack) on defense.

In track & field, Fuller competed in hurdles and jumps, posting bests of 17.94 seconds in the 110m hurdles, 47.81s in the 300m hurdles, 6.48 meters (21 feet, 2.5 inches) in the long jump and 13.71m (45 feet) in the triple jump.[1]

Fuller was a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and was ranked as the second best cornerback and ninth best player overall in his class.[2] He committed to Virginia Tech in July 2012 to play college football.[3][4]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman in 2013, Fuller started 12 of 13 games, recording 58 tackles and six interceptions. For his play he was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.[5][6] Fuller returned as a starter his sophomore season in 2014.[7]

On December 15, 2015, Fuller announced he would be declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft.[8][9]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR FR Yds Int IR Yds AVG IR Lng TD PD
2013 Virginia Tech 13 12 58 38 20 0.5 1 1 –1 6 1 0.2 3 0 17
2014 Virginia Tech 13 13 54 32 22 2.0 0 1 0 2 47 23.5 47 1 17
2015 Virginia Tech 3 3 7 3 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 29 28 119 73 46 3.5 2 2 –1 8 48 6 47 1 35

Professional careerEdit

Fuller attended the NFL Scouting Combine, but was unable to perform any physical drills due to a torn meniscus he suffered in the fall.[10] He was projected to be second round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. Fuller was also ranked the fifth best cornerback prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com, the ninth best cornerback by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and was ranked the 10th best defensive back prospect by Sports Illustrated.[11][12][13]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
187 lb
(85 kg)
31 12 in
(0.80 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
All values from NFL Combine[14]

Washington RedskinsEdit

The Washington Redskins selected Fuller in the third round (84th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[15] Fuller was the 14th cornerback selected in 2016.

External video
  Redskins select Fuller 84th overall

2016Edit

On June 2, 2016, the Washington Redskins signed Fuller to a four-year, $3.12 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $718,424.[16][17]

Throughout training camp, he competed against Quinton Dunbar, Greg Toler, and Dashaun Phillips to be the third cornerback on the Redskins' depth chart.[18] Head coach Jay Gruden named Fuller the fifth cornerback on the depth chart to start the regular season, behind Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler.[19]

He was inactive for the first three games (Weeks 1-3) and made his professional regular season debut in Week 4 after injuries to Bashaud Breeland and Quinton Dunbar.[20] On October 2, 2016, Fuller earned his first career start and recorded a season-high eight combined tackles during a 31–20 victory against the Cleveland Browns. Fuller surpassed Greg Toler on the depth chart after Week 7 and became their fourth cornerback. In Week 8, he tied his season-high of seven solo tackles in the Redskins' 27–37 tie at the Cincinnati Bengals.[21] After struggling in Week 13, Fuller was replaced by Greg Toler after defensive coordinator Joe Barry demoted him to the fifth cornerback on the depth chart.[22] He finished his rookie season in 2016 with 42 combined tackles (32 solo) and two pass deflections in 13 games and six starts.[23]

2017Edit

 
Kendall Fuller in 2017

Fuller entered training camp slated as the starting nickelback, but saw competition from rookies Fabian Moreau, Josh Holsey, and veteran Dashaun Phillips.[22][24] Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky named Fuller the starting nickelback and the third cornerback on the depth chart to begin the regular season, behind starters Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.[25]

On September 24, 2017, Fuller recorded three combined tackles, deflected a pass, and made his first career interception off a pass by Derek Carr during a 27–10 vicory against the Oakland Raiders.[26] In Week 6, he made a solo tackle, a season-high two pass deflections, and intercepted a pass by quarterback C. J. Beathard in the last ten seconds of the Redskins' 26–24 victory against the San Francisco 49ers.[27] On November 23, 2017, Fuller deflected a pass and recorded another victory-sealing interception against Eli Manning in the last 1:16 of the Redskins' 20–10 victory against the New York Giants.[28] In Week 15, he collected a season-high eight combined tackles and two pass deflections during a 20–15 win against the Arizona Cardinals.[29] He finished the 2017 season with 55 combined tackles (43 solo), ten pass deflections, and four interceptions in 16 games and 16 starts.[23]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

2018Edit

On January 30, 2018, the Washington Redskins agreed to trade Fuller and a third round pick (78th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Kansas City Chiefs for quarterback Alex Smith.[30] The trade was officially completed on March 14, the start of the new league year.[31]

Fuller became the No. 1 cornerback on the Kansas City Chiefs’ depth chart after Marcus Peters was traded to the Los Angeles Rams.[32] Head coach Andy Reid named Fuller and Steven Nelson the starting cornerbacks to begin the regular season.[33]

On December 14, 2018, Fuller underwent surgery on his wrist and was inactive for the Chiefs’ Week 16 loss at the Seattle Seahawks.[34] He finished the season with 82 combined tackles (64 solo), 12 pass deflections, and two interceptions in 15 games and 15 starts.[35] Fuller received an overall grade of 70.5 from Pro Football Focus, which ranked 40th among all cornerbacks in 2018.[36]

Personal lifeEdit

Fuller's brothers: Vincent, Corey and Kyle, all played college football at Virginia Tech.[37][38] Corey formerly played for the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints,[39] and Kyle currently plays for the Chicago Bears.[40] Vincent played in the NFL for three different teams from 2005 to 2011.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://md.milesplit.com/athletes/1223543-kendall-fuller/feed#.VV4CjWiUdU1
  2. ^ Rivals.com
  3. ^ Good Counsel All-Met Kendall Fuller commits to Virginia Tech
  4. ^ Kendall Fuller commits to Tech
  5. ^ Kendall Fuller earns ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors
  6. ^ Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller earns ACC defensive rookie of the year honors
  7. ^ Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller is ready to build on his stellar freshman season.
  8. ^ Fortuna, Matt, "Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller declares for NFL draft", "ESPN", December 15, 2015
  9. ^ Fortuna, Matt (December 15, 2015). "Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller declares for NFL draft". ESPN.com.
  10. ^ Jones, Mike (April 29, 2016). "NFL draft: Redskins take Virginia Tech corner Kendall Fuller in the third round". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "*Kendall Fuller, DS #5 CB, Virginia Tech". draftscout.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "Mike Mayock's 2016 NFL Draft top 100 prospect rankings". NFL.com. April 25, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "2016 NFL draft position rankings". si.com. April 25, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
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  16. ^ "Spotrac.com: Kendall Fuller contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  17. ^ Czarda, Stephen (June 2, 2016). "Redskins Sign Cornerback Kendall Fuller". Redskins.com. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  18. ^ Jones, Mike (July 30, 2016). "Quinton Dunbar returns to action after welcoming first child". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  19. ^ Makes, Jamie (September 6, 2016). "Redskins release first depth chart of 2016 season". 247sports.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "After injuries, Kendall Fuller Getting Opportunity for Playing Time". September 28, 2016.
  21. ^ "NFL Player stats: Kendall Fuller (2016)". NFL.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  22. ^ a b Keim, John (June 28, 2017). "Su'a Cravens, Kendall Fuller can provide big boost to Redskins' secondary". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  23. ^ a b "NFL Player stats: Kendall Fuller (career)". NFL.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  24. ^ "5 Washington Redskins position battles to watch during 2017 offseason". riggosrag.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  25. ^ Cheaebrough, Diane (September 5, 2017). "Redskins Depth Chart: Week 1 vs. Philadelphia". redskinswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  26. ^ Cannon, Jay (September 26, 2017). "Montae Nicholson, Kendall Fuller Log First Career Interceptions Vs. Raiders". Redskins.com. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  27. ^ Allen, Scott (October 15, 2017). "Redskins' 'Flight Marshals' celebrate game-ending interception with a pat-down search". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  28. ^ Paras, Matthew (November 28, 2017). "'Unsung hero' Fuller provides boost to secondary". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  29. ^ "NFL Player stats: Kendall Fuller (2017)". NFL.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  30. ^ Paylor, Terez A. (January 30, 2018). "Chiefs trade Alex Smith to Washington, saving $15.6 million". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  31. ^ Czarda, Stephen. "Redskins Trade For Pro Bowl Quarterback Alex Smith". Redskins.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  32. ^ "Kendall Fuller and David Amerson part of a revamped Chiefs secondary". ESPN.com. March 20, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  33. ^ "Chiefs release 1st unofficial depth chart of regular season". chiefswire.usatoday.com. September 4, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  34. ^ "Injuries: Kendall Fuller to undergo surgery on wrist". NFL.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  35. ^ "NFL Player stats: Kendall Fuller (2018)". NFL.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  36. ^ "Pro Football Focus: Kendall Fuller". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  37. ^ For Fuller brothers, Virginia Tech has become a family home
  38. ^ Kendall Fuller follows three brothers to Virginia Tech's football team
  39. ^ [1]
  40. ^ Va. Tech's Kendall Fuller has chance to carry on name

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