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The Redskins have some experience at the top of their cornerback corps and plenty of youth down the depth chart.

The starters remain the same as they were last year. Josh Norman, who turns 30 before the season ends, is entering his sixth NFL season and Bashaud Breeland, 25, his fourth. Norman was an All-Pro two years ago and Breeland seems determined to add an element of consistency to his game.

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Youth dominates the rest of the group. The “old man” is 25-year-old Quinton Dunbar, who is likely to be the first corner off the bench. He is going into his third season. The nickel corner will be Kendall Fuller, 22, a third-round pick last year. Rookie Fabian Moreau, 23, is sure to make it was a third-round pick.

That brings us to Josh Holsey, 23, who was a seventh-round pick this year. He seemed to be destined to be on the practice squad until he started opening eyes with solid play in training camp and in the preseason. The Redskins released veteran safety Will Blackmon yesterday, perhaps creating a roster spot at defensive back that Holsey would fill.

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They were in a similar situation last year. They may have planned on keeping five corners but veteran Greg Toler made a good case to stay and they kept him as the sixth corner. This time, instead of an older player making the Redskins rethink their plans, it’s Holsey.

 

Even if the organization figures that Holsey didn’t do quite enough to stay on the roster, it’s still a cornerback group that is nearly a perfect blend of youth and experience.

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