The Washington Redskins re-signed starting cornerback DeAngelo Hall this offseason and they also signed free agent Tracy Porter. However, they chose not to re-sign the other starting cornerback Josh Wilson. So this left a spot open at the position, and the prevailing thought by most is that it will be filled by second year man David Amerson.
Amerson had an impressive rookie season in 2013. And although he did not emerge as a full-time starter at the beginning of the season, as 2013 went on his playing time increased and so did his skill level. Amerson was typically the third corner on the field, and he often times reversed roles with Wilson, as Amerson would cover the number two receiver and Wilson the slot.And while DeAngelo Hall will more than likely continue to cover the opposing teams number one receiver, Amerson may be used more and more that role as well. Amerson was clearly the biggest of the Redskins corners last season, and now he may be the most physical. As reports have emerged that Amerson has not only gotten bigger but stronger as well.
The NFL is trending towards bigger and more physical corners to counter the use of big wide receivers, so David Amerson definitely fills a need for the Redskins in that regard. And while David Amerson had his moments as a rookie, does he have the ability to become the Redskins top cornerback in his second season?
I like what I saw from David Amerson as rookie. He’s confident and doesn’t back down from a challenge. If he really is bigger and stronger than last season, then he may be ready to make the ascension from backup and part-time starter to the best the Redskins have at the cornerback position.