4. The Reality Is, and the corners are playing too soft.
And yes, I mean that both physically and mentally. Between some ugly and blatant pass interference penalties and some ugly miscommunications with the safeties, Washington’s corners have struggled quite a bit this season. Mental lapses have been prevalent, especially for Kendall Fuller, and the amount of cushion William Jackson III and Fuller have been giving receivers is mind-numbing.
If these guys don’t have the confidence to play with less than a 10-yard cushion, what are they doing out there? In combination with the shallow alignment and slow drops of the linebackers, this timid and soft approach by the corners is making it way too easy for opposing quarterbacks to complete chunk plays against Washington.
Prediction: I actually expect a really good outing from Jackson III and Fuller this week, as I believe they are both smart players who will make the adjustments necessary to snap out of the slow start they’ve had to the season. And I really like St. Juste. He’s been impressive and shown growth throughout camp and the first two weeks of the season. He’s playing physically and mentally tough. The veteran corners should feed off his approach.