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Washington Redskins Need Brandon Meriweather to Be Healthy In 2013

Brandon Meriweather

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Lets examine the last five years of the Washington Redskins defense. In all the NFL, the Redskins secondary has consistently been one of the worst.

With the drafting of rookies such as CB David Amerson and safety Baccari Rambo, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan obviously knows he has to address the issue in the secondary. Yet, everyone knows that rookies cannot always be expected to perform right away. That means in 2013, the Redskins will look to veteran safety Brandon Meriweather for leadership and pure athleticism.

Meriweather missed almost all of the 2012 NFL season. When he did play, in one half of play against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11, Meriweather racked up seven hard tackles, two pass knock downs and one interception. Fans were in love with the hard-hitting style of play Meriweather brought to the Redskins secondary. However, as he was forthright injured again, and Washingtonians are waiting till the start of this season to see where Meriweather will land.

Fans can begin to relax because Meriweather is now increasing his workload and reportedly taking almost every snap with the starting lineup.

Shanahan stated, “I thought he looked good. He had one breakup today that I was impressed with down the field. So hopefully there’s no setback and he can keep on getting better.”

Meriweather was sure of his ability to play by the start of the 2013 regular season back in May, saying, “If you ask me, I’ll tell you I can go today. If you ask me if there’s any doubt, I’ll say no.”

Look for Meriweather to lead a new Redskins secondary in 2013. He will play and will make a difference.

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