Dunbar in 2018
|No. 23 - Washington Redskins|
|Born:||July 22, 1992|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school:||Booker T. Washington|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2019|
Quinton Dunbar (born July 22, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football as a wide receiver at Florida, and signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2015, where he converted to cornerback.
Dunbar accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football team from 2010 to 2014. Dunbar was a wide receiver for the Gators over five seasons. In his freshman season, he played in one game in 2010 against the Miami RedHawks on opening day and ultimately redshirted.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 in
|10 ft 0 in
|All values from Florida's Pro Day|
Dunbar went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, but was considered to be one of the top undrafted free agents. On May 11, 2015, the Washington Redskins signed Dunbar to a three-year, $1.57 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $1,000.
Dunbar entered training camp as a backup wide receiver and special teams player and competed for a roster spot against Evan Spencer, Je'Ron Hamm, Colin Lockett, and Rashad Ross. On August 7, 2015, it was reported that the Washington Redskins decided to change Dunbar's position from wide receiver to cornerback. Dunbar was moved to cornerback after coaches recognized his ability to successfully jam flyers during punt returns. The position change was also due to multiple injuries to the Redskins' secondary and was also done to give Dunbar a better opportunity to make the roster. In a corresponding move, Dunbar changed his jersey number from No. 17 to No. 47.
On September 5, 2015, the Washington Redskins waived Dunbar as part of their final roster cuts, but signed to the team's practice squad the next day. On September 29, 2015, the Washington Redskins promoted Dunbar to their active roster. Head coach Jay Gruden named Dunbar the fifth cornerback on the depth chart, behind DeAngelo Hall, Chris Culliver, Bashaud Breeland, and Will Blackmon.
On October 4, 2015, Dunbar made his professional regular season debut during the Redskins' 23-20 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4. He was inactive for the Redskins' Week 10 win against the New Orleans Saints as a healthy scratch. Dunbar became the third cornerback on the depth chart in November after the Redskins decided to move cornerback DeAngelo Hall to safety and placed Chris Culliver on injured reserve with a torn ACL and MCL. On November 29, 2015, Dunbar recorded two solo tackles, deflected two passes, and made his first career interception during a 20-14 victory against the New York Giants in Week 12. He made his first career interception off a pass by Giants' quarterback Eli Manning in the endzone, but exited the game shortly thereafter due to a dislocated his finger. In Week 14, Dunbar earned his first career start and made two combined tackles in a 24-21 win at the Chicago Bears. Dunbar was inactive for the Redskins' Week 17 win at the Dallas Cowboys as a healthy scratch. Head coach Jay Gruden decided to rest him, along with multiple starters, as the Redskins had already clinched a playoff berth with a 9-7 record. He finished his rookie season in 2015 with 13 combined tackles (11 solo), five pass deflections, and an interception in 11 games and two starts.
On January 10, 2016, Dunbar appeared in his first career playoff game and made five solo tackles and broke up two passes in the Redskins' 35-18 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wildcard Game.
Throughout training camp, Dunbar competed to be the third cornerback on the Redskins' depth chart against Dashaun Phillips and rookie Kendall Fuller. Head coach Jay Gruden named Dunbar the third cornerback on the depth chart to start the regular season, behind starters Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.
On September 25, 2016, Dunbar recorded three solo tackles, a pass deflection, intercepted a pass by Giants' quarterback Eli Manning in the end zone, and made his first career reception after catching a 31-yard pass from punter, Tress Way, on a fake punt play during their 29-27 win at the New York Giants in Week 3. In Week 5, he collected a season-high five solo tackles during a 16-10 win at the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. On December 19, 2016, Dunbar deflected two passes, made one tackle, and made his first career sack on Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton in the Redskins' 26-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 15. He exited the game in the third quarter after suffering a concussion and was sidelined for the last two games (Weeks 16-17). Dunbar finished the 2016 NFL season with 26 combined tackles (23 solo), five pass deflections, one interception, and a sack in 14 games and two starts.
On January 6, 2017, the Washington Redskins announced their decision to fire defensive coordinator Joe Barry and defensive backs coach Perry Fewell after the defense finished the previous season ranked 28th in the league in total yards. On January 23, 2017, the Washington Redskins promoted outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator. During training camp in 2017, Dunbar competed to be the Redskins' nickelback against Kendall Fuller and rookie Fabian Moreau. Head coach Jay Gruden named Dunbar the third cornerback on the depth chart to start the season, behind starters Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.
In Week 6, he collected a season-high eight combined tackles and deflected two pass during a 26-24 victory against the San Francisco 49ers. The following week, Dunbar recorded four solo tackles, broke up two passes, and made his third career interception off a pass by Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz in the Redskins' 34-24 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7. Dunbar was inactive for the Redskins' Week 11 loss at the New Orleans Saints due to an undisclosed illness. Dunbar completed the 2017 NFL season with 35 combined tackles (30 solo), eight passes defensed, and an interception in 15 games and four starts.
Dunbar entered training camp slated as a starting cornerback after Bashaud Breeland departed in free agency and Kendall Fuller was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. On June 15, 2018, Dunbar officially changed his jersey number from No. 47 to No. 23. He changed his number to No. 23 after it became available following the departure of longtime veteran DeAngelo Hall. Head coach Jay Gruden named Dunbar and Josh Norman the starting cornerbacks to begin the regular season in 2018. They started the season alongside safeties D. J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson.
On September 9, 2018, Dunbar recorded five combined tackles, made a career-high three pass deflections, and intercepted a pass by quarterback Sam Bradford during a 24-6 victory at the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. He played in seven games before being placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2018 with a leg injury.
In week 4 against the New York Giants, Dunbar intercepted rookie quarterback Daniel Jones twice in the 24-3 loss.  In week 6 against the Miami Dolphins, Dunbar recorded an interception off Josh Rosen in the 17-16 win.  In week 12 against the Detroit Lions, Dunbar intercepted his former QB at University of Florida, Jeff Driskel, which set up the game winning field goal to beat the Lions. In Week 14, he suffered a hamstring injury, which knocked him out the next two games before being placed on injured reserve on December 24, 2019. He finished the season starting 11 games, recording 37 tackles, eight passes defensed, and a career-high and team-leading four interceptions.
Dunbar has one daughter, Denim, who was born in July 2016.