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Last Year's Starters: DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson
2013 Statistics (Hall): 57 total tackles, 4 interceptions, 13 pass deflections, 3 defensive touchdowns
2013 Statistics (Wilson): 68 total tackles, 1 interception, 7 pass deflections, 2 sacks
DeAngelo Hall was the best corner on the roster last season, which isn’t saying much compared to the rest of the depth chart, but it still puts him as one of the better corners in the NFL.
He turned in one of his best statistical seasons in 2013, but when you’re the best performer on one of the worst defensive units in football, the accolades tend to pass you by.
Across from Hall was Josh Wilson, who was routinely beaten, battered and burned by any receiver he faced in 2013. Luckily for Washington, they drafted David Amerson as his replacement.
Amerson ended up starting nine games games as a rookie, improving as the season progressed, and he took more time from Wilson.
Projected Starters: DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson
2013 Statistics (Amerson): 40 total tackles, 2 interceptions, 10 pass deflections
The 2014 season will be vastly different from the last in almost every way. Hall is still the top corner, but Amerson has taken over as his running mate and could prove to be a vast improvement over Wilson.
Amerson has excellent ball skills, much like Hall, but his issues early on have been understanding the demands of a cornerback at the NFL level. He has the length to keep shorter receivers at bay and battle with bigger receivers.
If Amerson’s grasp of the scheme has improved and he has refined his skill set, the Redskins will have a pair of formidable corners they can trust to shut down opposing offenses.
Hall and Amerson are capable of combining for a slew of interceptions and even touchdowns if they play to their strengths.
However, Amerson’s transition from developing rookie to starting second-year corner may be rocky to start the season. Still, Hall is good for five interceptions and a touchdown, while Amerson can be expected to grab three interceptions and a touchdown of his own.
There will be plenty of turnovers with the group of players the Redskins have in their secondary, which is why the expected totals for Hall and Amerson aren’t eye-popping.