Redskins depth chart: Turmoil at safety

Redskins depth chart: Turmoil at safety
August 31, 2014, 2:00 pm
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The Redskins have cut their roster to 53 and they are starting to prepare for their season opener in Houston. We’re taking a look at how the depth chart looks after all of the week’s transactions.

Earlier we looked at the offense (linebacks/receiversand the defensive front seven. Here we look at the defensive backs and specialists.

(starters in italics)

CBDeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Tracy Porter, Bashaud Breeland, E. J. Biggers
SRyan Clark, Brandon Meriweather (suspended), Bacarri Rambo, Akeem Davis, Trenton Robinson
SpecialistsKai Forbath (K), Tress Way (P), Nick Sundberg (LS)

It seems like the cornerbacks have been set for a while. Amerson gets the promotion from nickel back to starter while Porter will start off the year in the nickel role. But things could be changing later in the season if Breeland continues to look like a potential playmaker.

The safety position, on the other hand, is anything but clear. The depth will be tested immediately. With Meriweather out two weeks Rambo will start against the Texans and Jaguars. Davis and Robinson show promise but are inexperienced. Phillip Thomas, the team’s fourth-round pick in 2012, was cut at least in part to his inability to stay healthy. He could be back at some point.

(Update: According to media reports the Redskins have claimed safety Duke Ihenacho off of waiver from the Broncos and will move Davis to the prate squad.)

There was turmoil among the specialists as well. Robert Malone appeared to have the inside track on the punting job all through the offseason but Way arrive a couple of weeks ago and knocked him out. However, Way shouldn’t sign a long-term lease just yet; nobody would be surprised if they brought in some veteran punters for tryouts at some point, perhaps very soon.

Forbath had to fend off a strong challenge from rookie Zach Hocker to be able to start his third year as the Redskins’ kicker. He should not get too comfortable either as the organization apparently saw enough issues with him, especially his kickoffs, to spend a draft pick on Hocker.