State of the Redskins Depth Chart: Cornerbacks

Rob Carr

Heading into Week 3 of the NFL preseason, Mike Harar takes a look at the cornerbacks currently on the roster and their status as of this week.

Position Battles: Cornerbacks

DeAngelo Hall - Hall was brought back this year at a reduced salary and will be starting again.  His strength is in zone coverage and he may see some action at free safety, but his ball-hawking and leadership skills are what make him an asset to the team.

Trending: No change

Josh Wilson - Wilson was also brought back on a reduced salary and will most likely start the season opposite Hall.  He has, however, started to lose his foothold on the number two spot due to injuries and inconsistencies that have plagued him since 2012. Last season was a down year for him, and he will have to prove that he can be the same player that he was in 2011.

Trending: Down

David Amerson - The player who gained the most from Wilson's missed time during the offseason is Amerson.  He has been lining up with the first team at corner in practice and has started each preseason game.  His size, physical play and speed have stood out and it appears he will be a solid contributor this year at a minimum.

Trending: Up

E.J. Biggers - The Redskins signed Biggers as a free agent this offseason as he also brings size and physicality to the position.  While he has flashed some ability so far, he has also been picked on this preseason in pass coverage and has missed several tackles while defending against the run.  With that said, it appears he has the inside track to be the fourth corner on the team based on his performance on the practice field.

Trending: Up

Richard Crawford - Crawford was noted by many as having progressed as a cornerback in the offseason.  In two games he has been fairly quiet, outside of just barely missing an interception on a play in the fourth quarter last Monday.  He is very likely to make this team because he has shown playmaking ability as punt returner, which the Redskins desperately need.

Trending: No change

Chase Minnifield - In training camp, Minnifield impressed coaches with his instincts and athleticism.  He covers the field well and has looked capable in man-to-man coverage.  He did get beaten deep by rookie wide receiver Marcus Wheaton on one play last week, but recovered quickly and was in position to make the tackle immediately.  He has most likely shown enough talent to make this team.

Trending: Up

Jerome Murphy - Like Crawford, Murphy also had an interception slip through his hands against Pittsburgh.  Unlike Crawford, Murphy is not in a good position on the depth chart and needs to capitalize on those opportunities when he gets the chance.  He has shown decent coverage skills, but it will be tough for him to jump ahead of the other six defensive backs listed above.

Trending: No change

Ryan Mouton - Mouton is a long shot to make the team outside of a rash of injuries.  He has shown little in training camp or in the preseason.

Trending: No change

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