RICHMOND – Training camp can be a tedious time for NFL veterans.
But that’s not how Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is viewing this year’s camp in Richmond. In fact, the 28-year-old can’t wait for the first practice later Thursday.
“It felt great,” Meriweather said after the morning walkthrough. “It really does. Everybody really don’t like training camp, but for me right now, I’m just happy to be out here after a whole year of injuries.”
Plagued by injuries to both knees in 2012, Meriweather had season-ending surgery on his right ACL in December. He said he received clearance from the team’s medical staff about two weeks ago.
“I’m just hoping God blesses me with one full year to stay healthy, show the world what I got and compete with my teammates,” Meriweather said.
The competition at safety will be among the most watched position battles in camp - and Meriweather will be a central figure. Although it’s a bit early to speculate about the starters, it’s worth nothing that in Thursday morning’s walkthrough Meriweather was the first team strong safety and rookie Bacarri Rambo was the free safety.
The other four safeties competing for jobs are Phillip Thomas, Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes and Jordan Pugh. (Reserves Jordan Bernstine and Devin Holland were waived earlier Thursday.)
With the season opener six weeks away, there are a lot of unanswered questions. But this much is expected: If Meriweather is 100-precent healthy, he’ll start at one of the two safety spots.
Meriweather said he feels good, but he also conceded that he intends to slowly ramp up his intensity.
“You really won’t know if everything is going according to schedule until Week 1,” Meriweather said. “If I get back out here on the field and I re-injure something, then everything I did was for nothing. I’m just going to take everything slowly.”
He added: “Staying healthy, that’s the most important thing for me, to make it to Week 1, to make it through a full game.”