With David Amerson, Philip Thomas, Bacarri Rambo, E.J. Biggers and DeAngelo Hall returning, things are going to look different in comparison to last year’s secondary.
The secondary was clearly the biggest weakness in 2012. However, the Redskins made sure to emphasize that in the draft and in free agency.
If I could make a prediction, here’s how I see it starting out: Brandon Meriweather starts at strong safety with Reed Doughty playing opposite of him at free safety. DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are the starting cornerbacks. In nickel formations, David Amerson moves to the outside cornerback position and DeAngelo Hall slides in to cover the slot receiver.
On the other hand, rookies Thomas and Rambo will see the playing field, as Doughty is best used in a reserve role.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett expects a lot from his DB’s and requires a lot of physicality. Richard Crawford, Chase Minnifield, Biggers and Jordan Bernstine will have opportunities as well.
This may not be as exciting as RGIII, but this will be the most competitive battle throughout training camp and will strongly reflect on how improved this defense will predictably be.