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Rookies in the backfield once again?

Both RGIII and Alfred Morris rookies in 2012 turned out to be more than what the Redskins needed in the offensive backfield.
Why not put two talented rookies in the defensive backfield in 2013? Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo
As a "unit" Washington will be better if strong safety Brandon Meriweather returns from his torn right ACL, as expected.
If he returns he will compete at strong safety, forcing Phillip Thomas to focus on playing more at free safety.
Rambo is more of a natural free safety than Thomas.
So... Why not put the best player at free safety (Rambo) and not just force Thomas to move to free safety because Meriweather is returning from his injury. I feel that Rambo and Thomas are better athletes than Meriweather and Thomas is a better option at strong safety.
Therefore, starting rookie safeties in the backfield would be the best option for the Redskins who struggled in the secondary in 2012. Both Rambo and Thomas could still be interchangeable safeties. The athleticism of both rookie safeties will help the Redskins disguise coverages leading to more interceptions.
Thomas as a (strong safety) led the country with eight interceptions over the regular season (three of which he has returned for touchdowns) and forced five fumbles. He joined Alabama's Dee Milliner and Mississippi State's Johnathan Banks as a finalist for the 2012 Thorpe Award as the nation's top defender.
Rambo is accomplished ball-hawk (16 career INTs) and an intimidating hitter. In 2011, he was second in the country with eight interceptions behind Redskins second round pick David Amerson (13 interceptions). In 2012, after a second violation of Georgia's drug policy which led to a four-game suspension, Rambo returned to finish the season with 67 tackles and three interceptions.

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