A day after electing not to use him on any defensive plays despite the fragile state of their secondary, the Washington Redskins cut former second-round pick David Amerson on Monday.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound cornerback started 15 games last season, but his inconsistent play prompted team officials to sign free agent Chris Culliver to a four-year, $32 million contract this spring.
Washington Redskins fans weren't alone in dreading a fourth-quarter collapse Sunday at FedEx Field after St. Louis slashed a 17-point deficit to seven in a three-minute scoring burst.
After bolting to a 17-0 first half lead, the offense was forced to punt on three of its next four possessions and fumbled away the other.
Sensing a measure of doubt creep into their players, Coach Jay Gruden and his staff did their best to keep the mood positive on the sideline. And left tackle Trent Williams took charge in the huddle.
Yes, we're only two weeks into the season. And yes, the Redskins' win Sunday was only the team's second in its past 10 games. But it's not too early to believe the Redskins have a shot at winning the NFC East. The drastic shift from apathy to optimism is warranted.
Is this for real?
The commitment to the run game is real and the sound play on defense is as well. They'll need more to be contenders, but it's a fantastic place to start. Sunday provided the blueprint: strong run game, stout defense and efficient quarterback play.
The Washington Redskins hoped Kirk Cousins would be different and, thus far, he has been. That was evident again Sunday when he delivered the sort of game they needed: errorless. Cousins got away with one ball that should have been intercepted, but overall was solid.
The Redskins get no break when it comes to playing teams that are tough to run against. The Giants actually have allowed fewer rushing yards than the Redskins and teams have tried to run against them. The numbers are 45 rushing attempts, 136 yards, a 3.0 average. Washington's line is 31/141/4.5.
Redskins: No one expected their offensive line to holdup against the stout front 7 of St. Louis. But credit the Redskins with a very effective game plan that was well executed. This defense looks night and day from last year as well. With the Giants & Eagles at 0-2 and the Cowboys without their stars for several weeks, the Redskins need to pick-up wins these next two weeks against the Giants and Eagles and they have the opportunity to jump in the driver's seat of the NFC East.
Redskins are moving up with all the experts!