The Washington Redskins are changing their starting lineups and getting ready for the 2013 NFL regular season. With that in mind, they want their starters to be fresh for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Projected starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather needs a refresher, and will thus play versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Redskins’ fourth and final preseason game.
Meriweather was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2007 NFL Draft as the 24th overall pick. After performing well in the Patriots’ defensive scheme, Meriweather was released for final cuts in 2011 and signed with the Chicago Bears. After an uneventful year with the Bears in which he only played in 11 games and recorded 32 tackles and two passes deflected, Meriweather signed with the Redskins.
Signed to a two-year $6 million contract with the Redskins, Meriweather was projected to be the starting strong safety. However, on September 3, he mildly sprained ligaments in his knee and was held out until Week 4, where he collided with a fellow Redskins player in a pregame warmups and was once again sidelined.
On November 18 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Meriweather made his Redskins debut, playing in just a half before suffering a right ACL tear. He had surgery shortly after and missed the remainder of the year. However, in under one half of play, he recorded seven tackles, one interception, one stuff and two passes deflected.
Meriweather, when healthy, is a huge addition of talent and effort for the Redskins. Starting next to rookie safety Bacarri Rambo, he will have to use his veteran skills to help the inexperienced back. Hopefully, there will be no injury this year for Meriweather.