Washington Redskins 2014 Player Profile: Bacarri Rambo, Safety

Redskins Safety Bacarri Rambo - Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Examining second year safety Bacarri Rambo and how he can improve on his rookie campaign.

Bacarri Rambo

Safety

University of Georgia

Draft Position: Round 6, Pick 191

Twitter Handle: @brambo18

Career Stats:

2009 20 16 4 0 0.0 0 2 28 1
2010 76 51 25 0 0.0 3 3 64 1
2011 56 35 21 0 0.0 0 8 157 1
2012 73 47 26 0 1.0 3 3 44 0

SEASON TEAM GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR YDS INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD STF STFYDS KB
2013 11 43 32 11 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Career 11 43 32 11 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

2014 Outlook:

I'm the first one to admit when I'm right, so I have to admit that I was 100% wrong about Bacarri Rambo in 2013. I was personally happy when the Redskins drafted Rambo in the sixth round in the 2013 NFL Draft. I thought Rambo provided good value that late in the draft and could eventually be developed into a play-maker and maybe even a starter. However, when Rambo was getting rave reviews from coaches throughout OTAs and training camp his rookie season, I hopped right on the bandwagon. However, by week three of the regular season I quickly realized that there was a reason Rambo fell to the sixth round and that he would be a developmental project that would take time.

Luckily for the Redskins and Rambo, he will not be forced into a starting role in 2014, and will be able to focus on developing. With Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark projected as the starters, Rambo will have to compete with fellow second year safety Phillip Thomas and newly reinstated safety Tanard Jackson for a backup position. Rambo showed flashes in coverage his rookie season, however his tackling was downright terrible in 2013 and will have to improve drastically if he ever hopes to be successful in the NFL. Because of his tackling ability Rambo was also a liability on special teams, something he must improve on in 2014. If Rambo wants to keep his roster spot he will have to improve his tackling and special teams play.

Roster Bubble: On the Bubble

Rambo will find himself on the roster bubble in 2014. He is a young talent with a lot of potential, and after only one year the Redskins shouldn't be ready to give up on Rambo just yet. The other big reason that the ‘Skins are in no hurry to give up on Rambo is the fact that the current starting safeties are not the long-term answers and will likely not be around past their current one year deals. Rambo needs to take advantage of this year and learn everything he can from the vets (Clark in particular), focus on improving his overall game (tackling in particular), and focus on making an impact on special teams. I'm on the fence about Rambo but I don't really see him being cut this early in his career. I think at the end of the day he will make the 53-man roster, but he has to show drastic improvement especially in his tackling if he wants to stick around past 2014.

Personal Information:

In two weeks there will be a Mrs Rambo.

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