The Washington Redskins did an incredible job of dodging a bullet with their secondary last year, all things considered. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett took used coffee grinds and made lemonade out of a safety unit that tried to enter the season with Brandon Meriweather as its best player, coupled with a cornerback spot that vacillated between poor and decent led by Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall.
Every Redskins fan that wasn’t sitting in denial new last year was a worry going in after a 2012 offseason that saw them trade away so many picks for Robert Griffin III and losing about $18 million in cap from their league-dealt penalty. It was best to just grin and bear it in 2012, and this rag-tag unit stuck together just enough, including a timely excellent performance from Hall in the regular-season finale, to make the playoffs.
Now the ‘Skins hit training camp with a second-round rookie in tow in David Amerson, who Washington took with its top 2013 pick at 51st overall. He joins fellow newcomer EJ Biggers as fresh Redskins defensive backs in training camp. While the secondary still remains a major question mark considering its hard to push through a $18 million cap penalty in consecutive years, being able to use a rookie contract on a player like the 6-1 Amerson is perhaps the best way to keep this a unit one can live with for another year.
“He’s a guy that has great ball skills, great length, good speed and has the ability to play man or zone,” Haslett said of Amerson, via CSN Washington. “I think that’s probably the biggest thing about him: he’s a playmaker that had 13 interceptions as a sophomore and six as a junior. He really kind of struggled his junior year, but we just think his playmaking skills were off the chart.”