Is young Redskins secondary ready to produce?
RICHMOND--Chase Minnifield is pushing for a roster spot and it may be hard to deny him.
The storyline going into training camp was that the Redskins were set at cornerback. DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are the starters, David Amerson and E. J. Biggers would battle it out for the nickel job and Richard Crawford would contribute here and there while serving as the punt returner. It’s tough to fit more than five cornerbacks on a 53-man roster so it appeared that Minnifield, who had knee surgery twice in about six months after he left Virginia after a stellar career with the Cavaliers, would be on the outside looking in after the cut to 53 on Aug. 31.
It’s up to Minnifield to avoid being a victim of the numbers game. He needs to be one of the 53 best players and force the Redskins to find a way to keep him.
While those of us on the outside are looking at numbers, Minnifield is not. “I'm not really worried about it,” he said. “I think I let my play do the talking and whatever happens happens.”
It’s challenging but not impossible. Last year the Redskins kept six safeties on their final 53 so the team will make it work if they have a player they want to keep.
Minnifield helped his cause yesterday by making a good move to pick off one pass and batting away another on in 11 on 11 drills. That earned him what any player fighting for a roster spot likes to get, praise from his head coach.
“I think Chase has done a great job,” Mike Shanahan said. “He’s been very impressive out there over the first few days.”
Minnifield shares the coach’s positive evaluation. “I think I've been doing pretty good every day,” he said.
If he continues to do “pretty good” it’s going to be pretty hard for Shanahan and the other coaches to cut him.