Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 13, 107 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock for the first round of the NFL draft.
Question of the day
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Today’s question comes from thankslittlebrandonbanks in the comments section right here on Real Redskins.
Is Ammerson a possible candidate to play free safety? His coverage off the line always seems much softer than Breeland’s. I understand you have to have a better option at corner in order to move him, but let’s assume that option is found either in FA or draft and free safety is still not addressed. He was known as a ball hawk coming out of college. Is this even a remote possibility? Thanks.
Moving David Amerson out of his cornerback spot and into the safety is not, as far as I know, something that has been discussed by the Redskins coaching staff. It’s more something that has been tossed around in the media and by fans. But that doesn’t mean the decision makers won’t talk about it as they enter the offseason with the two 2014 starters, Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark, unlikely to return.
At 6-1, 205 Amerson has the size to handle the safety position. As noted, he has skills as a ballhawk at evidenced by leading the nation in interceptions as a sophomore. (Although it’s fair to ask where those skills were this past season when he couldn't manage to corral a single interception despite playing almost every defensive snap.) He tackles reasonably well. So the short answer is, yes, he can play safety. You could probably line him up there when OTAs start in May and he would do a decent job come September.
But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. A hole would be created at cornerback. I’m not completely confident that DeAngelo Hall will be ready to go in September after suffering two tears of his Achilles tendon. That’s a tough rehab. So, if Hall can’t go, who lines up at corner opposite Bashaud Breeland? And even if he can, where’s your depth?
The bottom line is that the Redskins just might have to get creative to fill the safety hole. The position is hard to fill; just look around the NFC East. Four teams and all four of them will have safety on their list of offseason needs along with at least half of the other teams in the NFL. Any quality free agents on the market will be expensive and gone fast.
I don’t think Amerson to safety is in the cards but the Redskins might have to do something like that to upgrade the play at safety to competent.
—It’s been 16 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 243 days until they play another one
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 56; 2015 NFL Draft 107
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