Jul 30, 2015; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul (84) catches the ball in front of Redskins defensive back Duke Ihenacho (24) during drills as part of afternoon practice on day one of training camp at the Washington Redskins Bon Secours Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
2. Duke Inhenacho, SS
Duke Ihenacho was injured must of last season with the Redskins so he wasn’t able to show what he could do on the field much. However, he’s gotten himself healthy in the offseason and is now in the mix to start at strong safety in 2015.
The Redskins signed free agent Jeron Johnson to come in and compete at strong safety and the two have been rotating back and forth with the first and second units. By some accounts Ihenacho has the early edge in training camp.
Ihenacho has more experience as a starter than Johnson and is more familiar with the concepts of a 3-4 defense having played in one last season for the Redskins. Johnson played in a 4-3 with the Seahawks and must adjust to the 3-4.
This is one of the most intriguing camp battles for the Redskins this season and it could be contested into the start of the season. But for now it seems Ihenacho has a slight edge on Johnson and how they perform in the preseason could determine a lot moving forward.
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