For any Redskins fans still wondering whether Joe Barry plans to move one of his cornerbacks to safety, the first-year defensive coordinator provided a definitive answer recently: No, he does not.
Earlier this offseason, there had been some speculation that the team might consider moving corners DeAngelo Hall and/or David Amerson to safety in an effort to bolster a position that’s long been a problem in Washington.
“Corners are corners,” Barry said this week at Redskins Park. “Safeties are safeties.”
During Wednesday’s OTA practice—the only session open of the week to reporters—Chris Culliver and Bashaud Breeland worked as the starting corners. In nickel packages, Amerson came on and Breeland moved inside. Hall, who is recovering from an Achilles injury, figures to join that mix, if and when he returns to full health.
At safety, Dashon Goldson and Duke Ihenacho were the starters at free and strong, respectively. Jeron Johnson is also expected to push for significant playing time, if not start.
With the start of the season still three months away, things can always change. But, in Barry’s mind, any changes will involve the depth chart at corner and safety, not players swapping positions.
“We ask both sets—our corners and our safeties—to do a lot,” Barry said. “We ask them to blitz. We ask them to cover. We ask them to play zone coverage. We ask them to defend the run. So, yes, they’re interchangeable in that sense, but no, our corners are going to play corner and our safeties are going to play safety.”