News broke Sunday morning that Redskins second-year safety Su'a Cravens considered retirement and had to be talked into staying with the club. While the ramifications of the Cravens situation could have long-term impacts on the club, the Redskins are one week away from their season opener. 

Lost in the retirement aspect of the Cravens news is that the safety will definitely miss time for the Redskins, and certainly Week 1 against the Eagles. That means the Redskins will start third-year pro Deshazor Everett alongside D.J. Swearinger against Philadelphia next week. 

"I have full confidence in [Deshazor]," Swearinger said Sunday. 

Other recent moves make more sense now too, especially the team keeping Stefan McClure on the 53-man roster. The Redskins signed McClure early in training camp, and the undrafted second year player out of Cal spent most of 2016 on the Colts practice squad. 


One thing that makes less sense: Washington did not seem to pursue released veteran safety T.J. Ward. He signed with the Bucs over the weekend. 

Until waivers clear and rosters settle, it appears the Redskins will go with Swearinger and Everett with McClure and rookie Montae Nicholson as the backups at safety. At 26 years old, Swearinger is the veteran of the group. The team released Will Blackmon last week, the lone member of the safety group with more than a decade's NFL experience. DeAngelo Hall is still in the building, of course, but will start the season on the PUP list and must sit out at least six weeks. 



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