The cornerback position has been hit by the injury bug as of late with Bashaud Breeland, David Amerson and DeAngelo Hall getting hurt during training camp. The additions the Washington Redskins got in Chris Culliver, DreQuan Hoskey, Bryan McCann, and Deshazor Everett will give the team depth. This is a group that is definite need of improvement this season. So who are the guys that will definitely make the cut in 2015?
#1. DeAngelo Hall
DeAngelo Hall gets a roster spot despite his various injuries. He has something to prove in his 12th year in the league and eighth with the Redskins. This season will be a make or break for him in Washington. He only played three games last season after suffering an Achilles injury. He recorded 16 tackles (12 solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that year and started and appeared in his 150th career NFL game against the Houston Texans (9/7). Hall is a four time Pro Bowler (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011) and 2011 Pro Bowl MVP. Check out his profile here.
#2. Chris Culliver
Culliver is another guy who will definitely make the roster. He will bring physicality and more leadership to go along with Hall. I think those two will be a solid tandem that the Redskins need and haven't had in years. With Culliver around, that will give up and coming cornerback Bashaud Breeland another voice to learn from as well. Culliver brings postseason and Super Bowl experience along with him to Washington. Last season with the San Francisco 49ers, he recorded 45 tackles (38 solo), 14 passes defensed, four interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Get to know more about the five year veteran here.
#3. Bashaud Breeland
Bahaud Breeland's offseason has not been the best one due to injury and suspension but I say he's a lock to make the roster because he had a strong season last year. With more time, the Redskins could mold him into one of the best corners in the league. Barring setbacks in recovery, he comes back strong from his MCL injury and has a better season than last. One would hope he performs to the level he did against the Dallas Cowboys last year. Read his profile here.
#4. David Amerson
After consulting with my fellow Hogs Haven colleagues about whether David Amerson should be a lock at cornerback, we all agreed he should be for these reasons:
1. Given the injuries, the investment (cutting would be a $1M cap hit, not bad on the books but not exactly a negligible amount to have to eat)
2. Amerson's still young and reasonably cheap. With the injury history and lack of star power at that position, he should be on the final 53.
3. If the Redskins have to cut David Amerson, it will be because of something unbelievably amazing like the emergence of crazy talent from the bottom of their roster, or something brutally terrible.
4. Outside of Culliver, all they have is a soon to be 32-year old coming off of two ACL tears, a somewhat inconsistent second year player who is already injured and a 27-year old seventh rounder who is nearing journeyman status. Things are looking up at corner, but not to the point where they have the luxury to start cutting young and talented players like Amerson, who may well be the best athlete of the bunch.
5. Amerson the most athletic, physically gifted corner the Redskins have.