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Need to Know: Quick Hits–What are the Redskins plans for David Amerson?

Mar 21, 2015, 5:50 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 21, 40 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Question of the day—quick hits edition

I collect a lot of queries for the question of the day and a lot of them are good but they don’t warrant an answer long enough for a full post. So every once in a while I do a quick hits edition to answer those questions.

Since you tweeted this, they did sign Jeron Johnson, who is likely to be the starting strong safety. It is unfortunate that Thomas had the injury issues but, as they say, the more important ability is availability. He didn’t play horribly in his starting opportunities last year but obviously he wasn’t good enough to lock in the first opportunity to win the starting job.

A year ago it looked like Amerson was on his way to a solid career in Washington but he struggled mightily last year after being moved into a starting role. Some of his issues stemmed from missed assignments. A one-game suspension for being late to practice fed into the perception that he needs to take his job more seriously. There is no talk that a position change is in his future but that could happen at any time up until training camp. It certainly looks like he won’t be a starting corner after the free agent signing of Chris Culliver.

We need to define some terms here. A draft workout, where the team goes out onto the field with the prospect and has him throw, catch, run patterns, and the like, must take place near the player’s home school. So a team can’t “host” a workout. They do host draft visits, where the prospect comes to the facility, tours the place, meets to coaches, etc. The Redskins tend to keep these visits very secretive so they may have had some workouts and/or visits and kept them under wraps. They get 30 visits and they have seven draft picks so you can figure out how significant each one is.


Just wrote about that yesterday. They are still looking although their main targets at right tackle quickly become too expensive for what the Redskins wanted to do. I think they’ll look for somebody to compete with Tom Compton to serve as a bridge until Morgan Moses is ready to start, which could be 2016. Chris Chester will stay at right guard until Spencer Long can beat him out.


They have brought in Jeron Johnson and Chris Culliver and that’s a start. There really isn’t too much out there on the free agent market that will help. They may wait for the Bucs to release Dashon Goldson, a draft pick of Scot McCloughan’s in San Francisco. They could sign him to a short-term deal and develop a safety taken in this year’s draft to develop into the starter.


—It’s been 83 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 176 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 30; 2015 NFL Draft 40; Redskins training camp starts 131

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  1. David wright - Mar 21, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    I still think the team needs defensive line help. We do not have anyone steady on the ends. I think we should draft brown out of Texas with the 5th pick.

    • abanig - Mar 21, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      I’m not sure how you can say that. We signed two defensive ends – Jean Francois & Paea who will go along with Jason Hatcher and Chris Baker. They still have Fank Kearse who flashed some good play last year as their 4th DE as well.

      At NT they brought in Knighton and still have Baker.

      I’m thinking they’ll add a defensive lineman but it will likely be in the mid or late rounds to develop. They are two deep at every DL position. Two of our starting DL from last year are now back ups and depth.

      I think the defense still needs to draft a FS to develop in round 3 or 4 and compete with Jeron Johnson and Trenton Robinson.

      I do think that if Amerson is to start this year, his best shot will be as our starting FS. It’s a shame, Amerson really spoiled a great opportunity after Hall’s injury to step up and show he could be the teams #1 corner of the future.

      • 214hof - Mar 21, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        I like the idea of drafting a safety, Amos out of PSU is who I’m crossing my fingers for. Pre-combine I mentioned him being a good fit, he was relatively unknow. What I have read latly is that his draft shock is rising (after combine and pro day) and now Philly is bring him in for a private workout. What’s the word on Washington’s workouts? I haven’t heard about any prospects coming to Washington for an extended look.

        • kenlinkins - Mar 21, 2015 at 7:19 PM

          The problem is that everyone has now seen him shooting up the draft boards. Back in Jan, I had him as a 7th round pick to us, but now he could go late 3rd to early 4th. He was my steal of the draft when most big boards had him a 7th round pick or UDFA.

        • 214hof - Mar 21, 2015 at 8:26 PM

          I think even if Washington spends a 3rd to get Amos he’ll still end up a “steal”. He’s a true FS that excels in coverage, and can be a game day CB in a pinch. Has the size and attitude you want plus no history of injury.

    • deepball1 - Mar 21, 2015 at 11:56 PM

      David Wright….are you fully coherent?……did you just wander in here from the Eagles board and accidentally comment on the Redskins? Because the Redskins have spent the first 2 weeks of free agency picking up THREE defensive linemen who totaled 11 sacks last season……….. Hello?…………Hello?…….David…… your eyes David and breathe deeply………I believe we can pull you out of this foggy stupor.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 21, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I see some rumors linking us to Amari Cooper (Grant Paulsen).

    • cowboyhater - Mar 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      Another posturing move on the skins part to get a trade partner for that 5th pick…..(Cleveland?) Looks like the Mariota facade didn’t work…GM’s aren’t falling for that.

      • ET - Mar 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM

        I agree about the Marcus smokescreen, but think there’s some merit to the idea that McC could pick up a WR in the first two rounds. Considering Jackson and Garçon’s cap hits next season, it might be nice to have a young talent with a year of seasoning waiting in the wings.

      • deepball1 - Mar 21, 2015 at 11:57 PM

        probably right there. Not everybody thinks like Vinnie.

  3. sidepull - Mar 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    David Amerson or Mo Claiborne. Both Dallas and the Skins picked a couple winners there. Ya just never know how its going to shake out. I hope that with the D line improving and improved safety help, maybe he can make some strides this year that will help him be the corner they thought they were getting when hey drafted him. That whole defense was horrible last year as a unit. Some good individual efforts but as a unit it wasn’t just Amerson that’s for sure.

  4. mr.moneylover - Mar 21, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Perry farwell is a very good DB coach but I still think even with help of the DB coach it wont be enough to beat out breeland chris culliver or deangleo hall…his best bet is to try to become a saftey and do good on special teams to try to win jay gruden trust back because they dont trust him as bein the starter thats why scot m. wanted to bring in two cornerbacks…but I like that we got a triple threat now…hopefully they get threw training camp healthy breeland,deangleo,Chris Culliver…plus a D line with jason hatchet stephen paea our defense should be way better then pass years

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 21, 2015 at 6:55 PM

      It might be jeron johnson and nacho playing safety for us next year thats what its looking like for now…they our only two best options at safety right now but if one get hurt redskins gonna be in trouble not many good options

  5. skinsgame - Mar 21, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Like Robert Griffin, Amerson has regressed. It’s safe to say that, no one thinks Amerson had a good year. Why isn’t he being coddled by excuse makers? How come we never read lines like, “The pass rush is awful. The opponents QB’s had 2.9 seconds to throw the ball. That’s simply too much time. The defensive line is to blame.”? Why is it that we can admit that he’s not performing well without being called “hater”? Amerson has potential to be good. He was good in his rookie year but has underwhelmed ever since. That’s just how it is.

    • ET - Mar 21, 2015 at 12:36 PM

      A lot of mental mistakes by Amerson last year, but he still has the potential to be good. And the competition for those CB spots will be important. Not expecting him to beat out Breeland, Culliver or a healthy DHall, but Amerson will still have to fight his way back to relevance if he wants significant playing time.

      If he can cut down on errors in coverage, he may be able to transition to safety. If not, he’ll be relegated to spot duty.

    • abanig - Mar 21, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      Really? That’s an easy answer.

      Amerson doesn’t play quarterback and Amerson was a second round pick.

      We didn’t give up two firsts and a second to move and draft Amerson.

      Amerson didn’t lead the Redskins to its first division championship in 13 years in his rookie season.

      I for one still have faith that Amerson can be one of our starting corners in the future or our starting free safety but he needs better coaching than he was getting from Raheem Morris the past two years and he needs to study and understand his assignments better. Still, Amerson has the talent to be a starter for us for a long time, he finally has a challenge now to show he can be instead of it being given to him like last year.

      Let’s hope he meets that challenge.

      • skinsgame - Mar 22, 2015 at 11:07 AM

        I’m not equating CB’s to QB’s nor their draft rounds. I’m saying, they have similar stories, professionally, yet it’s a sin to admit the truth with only one of them. With the other, it’s just analysis and opinion.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 22, 2015 at 12:33 AM

      You probably get called a hater for constantly trying to bash a guy when the subject matter isn’t even about him. That’s kind of Pathetic. But since you want to bring it up. Just like RG3 when the trenches produce so do the QB and CBs. It all starts up front. This is not an excuse just fact.

      • warpath1 - Mar 22, 2015 at 6:41 AM

        breeland didnt seem to have a problem with coaching

      • skinsgame - Mar 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

        Tim, I’m still digging through past posts trying to find you defending Amersons play and pin it on the d-line. The point I was making was that, Amerson and Griffin have similar stories but criticism for Amerson is not met with calls of racism or “hating”. Your line, “…constantly trying to bash a guy…” is exactly what I’m talking about. I say that Griffin and Amerson regressed and you hear bashing. The irony is, the only one “bashing” is you.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 22, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        I haven’t said anything about Amerson because just like RG3 it’s too early to judge the player he had 1 good year and one bad year does that mean the kid can’t play? No it doesn’t. He will also be playing a different scheme and hopefully he will have more of a pass rush and better safety help. Unlike you I understand that a player is not a Bust after only a couple of years.

        • skinsgame - Mar 22, 2015 at 7:42 PM

          Where did I say Griffin is a bust?

    • murphsman - Mar 23, 2015 at 9:23 AM

      Because the quarterback is the most important position on the team, not the cornerback. If the CB keeps messing up, it won’t necessarily change the outcome of the game, but it will certainly matter if the QB does. The CB isn’t even the head of the defense.

      • Rich Tandler - Mar 23, 2015 at 9:28 AM

        What? A CB continually making mistakes won’t affect the outcome of a game? Really?

  6. Fredjr - Mar 21, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Are skins looking into possibly signing Dashon Goldson?

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 21, 2015 at 2:13 PM

      He’s still a Buc, they’re trying to trade him. Possible interest if/when Goldson is cut.

  7. 214hof - Mar 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    I agree, Amerson deserves to but cut a little slack. (not much but a little) He is still very young, I think he is only 22 or 23. Yes he had a bad year, (bad being an understatement) but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Amersons’ bad season came the year Washington lost Hall. I believe the loss of Hall last year affected Amerson more then we (as fans) care to acknowledge. We’ll find out this year if Hall actually does have an impact on the younger CB on the Skins’ roster. Maybe Amerson approaches the game differently this year with Hall back, and maybe Breeland takes his game a step further. I see the addition of Culliver as a major upgrade especially if both youngsters take steps forward this year. CB would be a young and DEEP group if this happens.

  8. Stephfan - Mar 21, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    I think amerson will start, I see breeland being moved to saftey if we still dont have one

    • abanig - Mar 21, 2015 at 5:09 PM

      I could see either Amerson, Breeland or Hall playing FS if we don’t have a better option.

      Hopefully, Jeron Johnson can play FS – which he said he could in an interview but he’s better at SS – if not, I’m hoping we draft a FS in round 3 or 4 and possibly that player can start if he develops enough.

      I think the last resort will have Amerson, Breeland or Hall playing FS.

      • Stephfan - Mar 21, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        I think that in the long run if we needed one of our corners to make the switch I think it should be breeland. I believe with his instincts, they better suit the saftey postion. He can cover and loves to hit, amerson is not much of a hitter. I have faith in him

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 21, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        I hope Amerson “gets it” and busts his behind to become a successful NFL player.

        Right now, that requires a change.

      • mr.moneylover - Mar 21, 2015 at 6:50 PM

        They will put in nacho if they dont got better options at safety

      • warpath1 - Mar 22, 2015 at 6:44 AM

        why would we take a second year player we drafted at cornerback, who did a very good job, and move him to a different position? doesnt make ANY sense.

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 21, 2015 at 6:49 PM

      Naw if they dont got a better option at safety they will turn to nacho playing safety

  9. kenlinkins - Mar 21, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    I think Amerson has had NFL reality hit him right between the eyes this off season. After reading so much about his lack of time in the film room and having such a bad 2nd year, he must now understand that NFL DB’s can not just “phone it in”. The signing of Culliver and the amount of young talent so far on this 90 man roster (Breeland, Bridget, Rogers, Wolfe, and Okoro) also, the Redskins have not yet cut Hall or Porter in Cap Cuts and a new DB coach and David must now know that anyone of them could take his starting spot. The Redskins are sure to draft one more CB in 2015, so I am sure Mr. Amerson has done the math. The days of showing up and starting are gone as all the guys listed above can see a opening at CB and hope to gain their own starting spot. IMO Amerson will rebound in 2015 if he puts his heart into it. The smart guys understand that it is better to stay late and work thru rush hour then to try and beat everyone to “happy hour”.

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 22, 2015 at 8:44 AM

      Jay gruden really like CB Courtney bridget and WR jerry rice jr. before both of them suffer season ending injuries both should be ready to come back for training camp

  10. deepball1 - Mar 22, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    something here for everyone to consider…regarding Amerson. Yes he may not have put in the time in the film room, he may be a goofball for being late to practice….he seems a bit soft and careless in coverage….BUT….part of that was poor coaching and poor player management.

    If he was so inept and such a goofball….why did Haslett keep him on the team? Was the scheme confusing to him? That sure is possible because it appeared to me that the scheme confused a whole lot of players last year.

    Perry Fewell is a no nonsense guy and so is Barry. They will hopefully be tougher on Amerson than the wimpy Haslett was. If they kick him in the behind and push him, he may respond, especially if they are BETTER at explaining the scheme and his responsibilities than Morris and Haslett were.

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 22, 2015 at 8:58 AM

      Everybody know raheem morris is not good at teaching technique but is a loud mouth…david amerson was the one who said it will be easy for him in his second year cause he know all the concepts but ended up looking worst then he did in his first season…agree with you on perry farwell he break his technique down to the point it looks easy its up to the players to go out there and use it….

  11. dlsentellesentelle - Mar 22, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    If we start the year with Chester on the line then someone has lost there mind. This guy is a human open door. Last year I watched the line quite a bit and he is just terrible when it is time to pass block. If I were Robert I would give back some money if they cut this imposter for a NFL guard.

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 22, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      Chris chester USE TO BE the best guard in the nfl he realize last year he dont got it nomore…I think the reason why they havent made alot of cuts is because this summer is all about competition and the gotta get to a 90 man roster…believe me nobody on that O-line is a lock expect trent Williams they got coach Bill C. hes a very good O-line coach its up to witch players learn his concept Archives

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