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It was a bit surprising to see the Redskins finish the draft having not added a new safety, but the team seems comfortable—at least for now—with a combination of both seasoned veterans and unproven young guys.
Phillip Thomas, who missed all of his rookie season last year with a Lisfranc injury, returns this season and coaches are excited. But returning from such an injury is no easy feat, and the team has yet to see what he's truly capable of.
“We have Thomas coming back, so that’s exciting,” coach Jay Gruden said on Wednesday, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “We have confidence he’s going to get back, but we haven’t seen enough. I haven’t seen him move around or run around. We’re hoping he’ll be ready to go.”
The team also re-signed Brandon Meriweather and added 34-year-old Ryan Clark on a one-year deal, while there's also eagerness to see what Tanard Jackson can bring, as he has not played football since 2011.
With the atrociousness that was the Redskins defense last year, it's impossible to place blame on any one position, but the back half of the defense was clearly lacking and the Redskins must have someone willing to step up and answer the call. Although no one expects Clark, Meriweather, Thomas or any combination of safeties to be All-Pros, they have to be better if they want a shot at anything this season.