OPEN THREAD: Who will start at safety Week 1?

OPEN THREAD: Who will start at safety Week 1?
June 23, 2014, 8:15 am
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Barring injuries, it looks like the Redskins will start the season with DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson as the starting cornerbacks. Hall is a proven playmaker, and Amerson showed signs last season as a rookie of being a capable NFL starter. Assuming he gets healthy by training camp, another veteran Tracy Porter will provide good nickel depth at the corner spot. The rest of the defensive secondary is not so easy to predict.

Most signs point to free agent signee Ryan Clark starting at safety. In his 13th year, Clark will provide a smart and established presence on the back-line of Washington's defense, and a versatile player for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's scheme. In 2013, Clark started 16 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers, registering 61 tackles and two interceptions. But by letting Clark walk, it seems the Steelers usually savvy front office thinks the best of Clark has been played. The Skins, desperate for safety help, brought Clark in, and only time will tell if he still can play the position at a strong level at age 34.

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If Clark looks like a likely starter, the other safety position has more questions. Brandon Meriweather looked good for Washington at times last year; that is, when he wasn't launching himself at opponents, resulting in penalties and suspensions. Meriweather must change his tackling technique for the safety of the game -- including his own -- of the league will continue to fine, penalize and suspend him. 

Beyond Meriweather the options are slim. Everyone saw Bacarri Rambo last season, he is a far ways away from the caliber of player needed to start as an NFL safety. Phillip Thomas, who missed his rookie season with a Lisfranc injury, could emerge as a starter. In practice sessions Thomas shows a nose for the ball and his college pedigree would signal his ability to make plays. But until he does it on an NFL field, he remains a question mark.

So who will it be: Clark and Meriweather? Has Rambo improved enough? Will Thomas return from injury and take over the job?

Let us know what you think in the comments.