Washington Redskins CB Josh Wilson Needs to Start vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Thomas Ford
Josh Wilson
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Time to get back into football shape.

That’s what six year veteran and Washington Redskins starting cornerback Josh Wilson is starting to think as the 2013 NFL season draws nearer.

Wilson sustained a labrum injury at the end of last season, and although he played through the pain until the end of football year it was substantial enough to require surgery in the offseason.  Wilson recovered well from the surgery, but he did not play in the first two preseason games and was on a limited basis at practice.  As Wilson is set to be a starting corner, it comes at no surprise that Head Coach Mike Shanahan wants to give him more repetitions.

While Wilson is the second starting cornerback behind DeAngelo Hall, he still has outperformed all other corners on the roster, including hyped rookie 2013 second round draft pick David Amerson.  Other cornerbacks include E.J. Biggers, Chase Minnifield, Jerome Murphey and Ryan Mouton, the last of whom will probably not make the final roster cuts.

Injuries are not part of Wilson’s professional resume, as he has played in at least 12 games every season.  He was originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007 and played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2010.  In 2011, Wilson signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Redskins and has played in every single game since, racking up 136 tackles, one sack, 28 pass deflections, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

This year, Washington fans will be eagerly watching the Redskins’ secondary in hopes of seeing improved play.  With healthy safety Brandon Meriweather and rookie safety Bacarri Rambo, it will be the corners that make or break this defense.

Thomas is a Sports Writer writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @tmford88, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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