While the Redskins players voice their complaints about the NFL's two-game suspension of safety Brandon Meritweather, coach Jay Gruden has to make contingency plans. With Meriweather out, Washington will likely turn to second-year man Bacarri Rambo to start at safety. Rambo struggled in 2013, but has looked much better in his sophomore season.
"Rambo also could slide in there," Gruden said. "Obviously, it's a loss for us because he's been playing extremely well, but we have to step up and Rambo probably right now would be the first option."
The big question: Is Rambo ready? It's hard to look back at the 2013 season to judge, mainly because Rambo looked so bad at times. He could not be trusted on open-field tackles, and was a minus in pass coverage.
Throughout the preseason Rambo has been more alert in coverage and in proper positions. Washington defensive coaches talked early in camp that Rambo still must fight his tackling "demons" but in three preseason games those issues have not been overly apparent. It should also help for Rambo to be paired with a veteran like Ryan Clark, a luxury the young player did not have last season.
With Meriweather out, can the Redskins count on Rambo? Should they look elsewhere? Let us know what you think in the comments.