Redskins S Su’a Cravens expected to return to team this week
By Ian Cummings
The Redskins haven’t heard from their 2016 second-round pick for two weeks. And now, reports suggest he will come back soon, as early as within seven days.
The news that Su’a Cravens was pondering retirement was surprising. Deshazor Everett was thrown into the fold as the starter, and Su’a went away to ponder his future. Speculation has been rampant since then. There were reports that Su’a had wiped all Redskins-related things from his instagram. Then, on Saturday, he was spotted on the sideline of the USC game. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Redskins Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams was there with him.
A week from now, he could back on the sideline in Landover. Cravens appears to have made a decision. Details are scarce, even now, but he was apparently dealing with a health issue, thinking much about his future. This is a promising sign, to see him ready to return. But it won’t be as simple as stepping back through the door.
Cravens rubbed many team mates the wrong way when he left the secondary’s group chat unexpectedly, severing connections with the team. He also lost his starting job to Deshazor Everett, who played decent for a guy getting his first start at strong safety against the Eagles.
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Cravens, if and when he comes back, won’t simply be handed the starting job again. Lacking a track record as a pure safety, Cravens will be given multiple chances to seize the position, but if he falters, it could be back to the bench with him. The situation is still far from over. Speculation over the offseason suggested that Cravens’ size and play style matched the fit of a safety well. But it isn’t all said and done until we have a tangible sample size to look at.
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One thing is for certain, the Redskins’ second-round pick has made a decision, and he will report back to the team soon. They will need to open his roster spot back up, so keep an eye out for a corresponding release, or a designation on injured reserve. Cravens is almost back to the team. Time will tell if he will be back to the field as well.