Watching the Washington Redskins‘ secondary vie to disrupt rival passing games must have left quite an impression on viewers last season. Few ventured to come out of the woodwork and personally show their support at Fed Ex Field and the still fewer that tuned in to the action on local network listings throughout the metropolis. Planting oneself in front of the scrolling TV Guide Channel with a very large bowl of popcorn and a cold one would probably have been far more entertaining.
Last season’s aerial scoring prevention unit considered it a Kodak moment if they got off the field on a routine three-and-out, let alone allowed consecutive touchdown drives or fielded the shame of having subpar wideouts go for six, at will, on a home run ball. The Redskins’ secondary veiled in the preseason what it could not eclipse when rival wideouts and tight ends who failed to warrant a place on their club’s practice squad had been cut. The Redskins’ outfield was inevitably exposed and their pass prevention detachment splintered, allowing 29 touchdown passes on the season, 3,896 net yards and 244 per game.
Those numbers are adequate if your secondary is in its infancy stage in the AFL, but if the Redskins are entertaining thoughts of making a run for the NFC East this season, those figures will need to be shredded. The club is banking on sophomore defensive back David Amerson to help secure the breach.
The second-year DB has no problem with that. He was baptized into big league play as a rookie and had to master the schematics of an NFL-caliber secondary on the fly. But he more then held his own last season, posting 48 solo tackles, logged 12 passes defended and registered two interceptions with one cashed in for a touchdown.
The shutdown DB is being groomed to supersede DeAngelo Hall as Washington’s reckoning corner, and he will deliver. Amerson is on the prowl. If you haven’t read his scouting report, you ought to. Failure to do so could inevitably cost you, because Amerson is hungry and shows no partiality to substandard signal callers.