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David Amerson's performance so far has drawn some attention.
David Amerson had a solid, if unspectacular, rookie year, but the most important part of it was the fact that he got better as the season progressed.
He needed to, though, as Josh Wilson was obviously going to be let go at the end of the year and the secondary badly needed someone to step up and be accountable in 2014.
By all accounts, Amerson is doing that in camp. Jay Gruden and his staff have been pitting the second-year corner against Pierre Garcon to see what the young guy is made of.
The results have been positive, with ESPN.com's John Keim singling out Amerson for extra attention: "Thursday, for example, he did a nice job against Pierre Garcon with his jam and subsequent coverage, with his hands—and eyes—in the right place."
DeAngelo Hall remains the No. 1 corner and is therefore much more likely to go against the No.1 receiver, but the fact that Amerson has obviously grown in the offseason will make a huge difference.
With Amerson slotting into his first full-time starting role, it will be helpful having both Hall and Ryan Clark around him. Clark instinctively knows how to read a play and will offer Amerson a great deal of assistance in that area. There's no reason he can't continue to improve this year and offer some much-needed stability in the secondary.
Coach Gruden has already expressed confidence in Amerson, and the North Carolina State standout spoke to Jason Reid of The Washington Post about his new role.
"Sometimes you’re going to get beat," he said. "Sometimes you’re gonna miss a tackle. Man, it’s real out there on the edge. Cornerback is one of the hardest positions in the league. You definitely have to have some pit bull about yourself. I do... I'm glad [Gruden] thinks highly of me."
Amerson has to face Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins in Week 1, so we'll soon know just how much he has developed.