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Two years removed from the knee injury that wiped out his rookie season in 2012, a healthy Chase Minnifield enters a muddied situation at the bottom of the Redskins' cornerback depth chart.
Set with its nickel package after the signing of Tracy Porter, Washington has E.J. Biggers, rookie Bashaud Breeland, Richard Crawford and Minnifield fighting to fill out this position group.
While Breeland is a sure bet, courtesy of where he was drafted, there's no other prohibitive favorite to make the team.
Crawford himself is coming off of injury, missing the entire 2013 season with a knee issue. Furthermore, after the conclusion of minicamp and OTAs, he still hasn't received medical clearance to play, according to Mike Jones of The Washington Post.
Despite multiple opportunities, Biggers has yet to distinguish himself during his four-year career. Re-signed this offseason because of his ability to play both safety and cornerback, the need for Biggers has diminished in lieu of the moves Washington made to bolster both positions.
A strong performer during training camp in 2013, Minnifield's rust in the preseason sunk any chance he had at making the team.
Now, with a year on the Redskins' practice squad under his belt, the combination of health and opportunity should allow Minnifield to demonstrate why he was once considered a second-round talent.
More refined than Breeland, Minnifield should get the first crack at holding down a spot in the team's dime package.