Fans knew there were question marks in the Washington Redskins‘ defensive backfield moving into the offseason, but things just got really interesting for the pass prevention unit — especially at safety, as the team has signed special teams standout Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith.
Does the name ring a bell? He is the not-so-distant cousin of the Arizona Cardinals‘ shut-down defensive back Antonio Cromartie and New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Now before you get too excited at the acquisition of such a prospect, you should know that Cromartie-Smith’s presence on the roster does not solve the Redskins’ problems. The name alone does not suggest an impact player.
What does it mean? That Redskins safety Bacarri Rambo really needs to get his act together. The sophomore’s mechanics while in coverage have required more fine-tuning than an NFL skipper would typically expect from a sixth-round draft selection. Rambo will have to bring his A-game and one-up his preseason expectations if he has any inclination to remain entrenched in the Washington outfield.
The initial impressions on Cromartie-Smith are hardly jaw-dropping, and my first take is that Rambo’s job security won’t be threatened in the foreseeable future.
The 6-foot-2, 203-pound safety packs impressive size, but his numbers during his three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t really turn heads. The fifth-year pro played college ball at UTEP, where he started 34 of 46 games and managed a solo tackle. While with Pittsburgh, Cromartie-Smith appeared in 10 games and posted a modest four tackles.
He doesn’t exactly boast the figures of Cardinals All-Pro Patrick Peterson, but Cromartie-Smith could be a sleeper in the secondary and figures to make his mark mostly by contributing to the Redskins’ special teams unit.