Taking a look at how the Redskins defensive position groups stack up against one another and where they stand heading into the season.
Clark shouts to players pre-snap, telling the young corners (David Amerson and Bashaud Breeland) what to watch for and if he thought a play was coming their way. Whether it did or not doesn't matter as much; it forced the young players to react as if it was coming to their side. Clark shouted out adjustment; he'd loudly praise teammates after a play. Nobody else on defense gives the Redskins what Clark can in this area. He has to prove he can still play, but the leadership and knowledge he brings will be vital. I'll also say this: the other safeties were not as vocal as Clark.
I love this time of the year because the questions bounce all over the place. Makes it interesting. So, in part two, we talk about what returning starters might lose their jobs, Adam Carriker's journey, David Amerson and a little Jordan Reed. Plus, is anyone on the roster elite? Enjoy.
Rambo's primary deficiency was his tackling. Too many attempted shoulder tackles. Too many whiffs. According to ProFootballFocus.com, in fact, Rambo missed 10 tackles despite his limited playing time (340 snaps). His failure to contribute more on special teams didn't help, either.
Robert Griffin III is learning his second offense in three years in the NFL and two of his top three receivers, DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts, are new to the team. They will need to get in sync. The process started in Arizona in March when Roberts, Pierre Garçon, and other pass catchers met for a passing camp set up by Griffin (Jackson was not yet with the team). It has continued through the offseason program, with Griffin and receivers putting in some extra time away from Redskins Park in addition to the workouts at the team facility.
Jay Gruden reiterated to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated that the read option will be a change of pace for Robert Griffin III and the Redskins rather than a staple. "Personally my belief is the read option is better as an element of surprise," Gruden said. "If you're making it a major focal point of your offense - though they had success with it - that's problematic."