Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Rookie starter at FS for Washington?
By Tim Kavanagh
One of the areas of concern for the defending NFC East champions this offseason has been the secondary, and particularly the safeties. So it wasn't surprising to see Washington invest two draft picks on safeties -- fourth-rounder Phillip Thomas and sixth-rounder Bacarri Rambo -- and now there's buzz that one of them may be in the starting lineup next to Brandon Meriweather when the season kicks off in September.
Asked at minicamp if it was realistic to think that either of the two could start this season, DC Jim Haslett replied, "I think one of them. Yeah, I really do think one of them will be on the grass. I'm not sure which one, but one of them I think is going to have to ... I think they'll all help us. I think all three of them are going to help us. I just don't know to what extent yet." (CSN Washington gets credit for the quote).
In Haslett's scheme, the two different safeties need to be flexible enough to play more of a strong safety role on some plays and a free safety role on others. That said, given that Meriweather and Thomas are more oriented towards the SS position, it could give Rambo an edge in this battle.