Why the Redskins should hope that Su’a Cravens returns in 2018
DeAngelo Hall and Deshazor Everett haven’t proven to be quality starters
In the absence of Cravens, it was expected that the Redskins would be able to find a decent player to take over. After all, Deshazor Everett had proven to be a solid backup at times and the team had veteran depth on the roster. Though DeAngelo Hall was coming off a serious injury and wouldn’t be ready until Week 6, there was some hope that he could come in and provide depth to help patch the position.
That hasn’t worked out well for the team at all. Both Hall and Everett have endured their share of struggles, with the former being particularly brutal this season. Most recently, Hall was benched against the Giants for performing poorly in the first half. He simply doesn’t have the athleticism that allowed him to be a solid cover guy early in his career.
For Hall’s part, he has taken the benching in stride. Per ESPN’s John Keim, Hall said the following of the decision that forced him to ride the pine.
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"I played terrible. When Manusky came to me and said we’re going to go with Ev, I said ‘not a problem.’ Would I have liked to go back out there and play and get some get-back, especially against a sorry-ass Giants team? Absolutely. But I understood the reason behind it. You take your lumps as a man. You get beat, you get beat."
That attitude is great for team support, but unfortunately it doesn’t fix the problem at safety.
Speaking of Everett, he has had trouble in coverage this season and has been benched for that at times. He is a great special teams player and strong in run support, but he simply doesn’t hold up well in coverage. That’s why he has been in and out of the lineup so much this season.
With all that said, it would greatly benefit this duo to have Cravens back. In that case, Everett could return to his role as the No. 3 safety while Hall could ride off into the sunset and retire. That would be the best case scenario for both guys, and Cravens would immediately get a chance to be a starter again.