There are two things in life you can never have too much of: bacon and playmakers. And in Su'a Cravens, the Redskins have one of the latter.

However, because of Will Compton and Mason Foster's grips on the starting linebacker jobs, as well as the amount of safeties Washington has on the roster, Cravens hasn't seen as much action as one would expect on defense. Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay believes that could change soon.

On Sunday against the Bengals, Will Blackmon hurt his hand, and he was later seen in the locker room wearing a cast. Now, the team is heading into their bye week and the extent of Blackmon's injury is unknown, but if he does miss time, it may open up a spot that Cravens could fill. 

"Gruden has hinted at this in various pressers, that they've been giving Su'a Cravens work at safety with the scout team," Finlay said while on a call with the Sports Junkies Monday following the game. "I think if there's a real injury to Blackmon, I think it might be time to start working him in there. You want to get Cravens on the field, maybe you give him a shot at safety rather than only coming in on nickel and dime linebacker situations."

In limited snaps, the rookie has one interception, one sack and four passes defended. Throughout the offseason, the plan was to use him in a hybrid, positionless role, but so far, he's only been seen on the defense's second level. If the Redskins did want him to start getting used to the secondary, though, the bye week is the perfect opportunity to do so.


At 4-3-1, Washington could make plenty of adjustments, and inserting Cravens as a safety is certainly one of them. Considering how often he played the position at USC, it would perhaps be a smooth transition, too. At the very least, it's something Jay Gruden and Joe Barry should think about.