A little over two weeks ago, Redskins rookie defender Su'a Cravens announced he would accept the "challenge" and wear No. 36 for the Burgundy and Gold in 2016, the same digits former Washington safety Sean Taylor wore during his first year in the NFL before switching to 21. And on Saturday, after participating in the team's rookie minicamp in Ashburn, Cravens had a chance to speak more about one of his idols and the big decision he's making.
"I'm doing my best to respect the number," he said following practice in Ashburn. "Sean Taylor's one of my all-time favorite players, so the fact that I get to wear the number means so much to me. And I'm so grateful and thankful. I'm [going to] do my best to respect the number and to show out with it."
When asked what about Taylor resonates so closely with him, Cravens, like plenty of other players who have recently reached the league, pointed to Taylor's unique style of play.
"Just how he carried himself," he said. "Just how he played on the field, like every snap was his last snap. The things he did, the amazing plays. Even when he didn't make the play, you still looked at him like, 'Wow.' He stood out and he really changed the culture of football with the way that DBs came up and hit. It really made me want to play football even more."
One of the characteristics that made Taylor so special was his ability to do multiple things at an elite level. The hope for the versatile Cravens, of course, is to eventually have him comfortable enough where he can be inserted in a few different spots on Joe Barry's defense. And if that does become the case, those who attend FedEx Field may start experiencing a bit of déjà vu.