Starters: Madieu Williams, Brandon Meriweather
Reserves: Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes, Jordan Pugh, Jordan Bernstine
All jokes aside the 2012 season was a tough year for Washington’s safeties. Tanard Jackson was brought in to start along side Brandon Meriweather .He was suspended for a year by Commissioner Hitler one week before the start of the season. Meriweather went down in pre-season with a knee sprain and then injured again in pre-game warm ups after a freak collision with Aldrick Robinson. Meriweather returned vs the Eagles in week 11 , only to suffer a torn ACL early in the third quarter. For the half of football Brandon was on the field he was a difference maker , hopefully next season we will see Meriweather healthy over a whole season.
The backups struggled early but put together some good performances during a 7-0 run leading into the postseason. My standout performance of the group is Reed Doughty, he does not blow you away with physical ability but he ‘s disciplined and accountable to his assignments, something I can’t say for the rest of the group. Who expected Reed to play like an animal vs Seattle? not me but he showed up in a big way.
Dejon Gomes in his second year was a disappointment to put it nicely. I think back to the first play of the Bengals game when he ignored Deangelo Hall, and was beaten for a TD. I understand players get beat it happens, but you don’t wave off a Corner and then pull up lame to hide from getting beat. Hustle and own it, then improve on the next play. Gomes rubbed me the wrong way when he said he had a “ah ha” moment watching Brandon Meriweather play, and that motivated him to play harder..
Madieu Williams… Next
We all know the issues but how should Washington fix it and what should they be looking for?
When you scout safeties you are looking for four tools:
1) Can he drop into the box to support the run & support underneath coverage ?
Free Agent Safety Reviews:
1) Corey Lynch - San Diego Chargers Read It Here:http://httr24-7.com/blog/free-agent-safety-corey-lynch/
2) Kenny Phillips - New York Giants Read it Here http://httr24-7.com/film-room/free-a...-the-redskins/