Over the first couple of days at Training Camp, the Redskins secondary unit has been one of the most exciting position groups to watch. The safety and cornerback group, specifically the starting unit, has been in unison consistently throughout practice. Of course, everything has not been perfect, but the key to the solid start to training camp has been communication.
On the sideline during full team scrimmages, D.J. Swearinger can be heard communicating possibilities and expectations pre-snap to Montae Nicholson which allows the free safety Nicholson to play faster. The communication is also a top-down approach, where it starts from the safety and trickles down to cornerback and so-forth. Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar have taken reps as the outside cornerback, while Orlando Scandrick has been at slot and Fabian Moreau played at both cornerback positions.
Nicholson, preparing for his second year in the NFL, spoke about the communication aspect among the secondary unit, saying that in 2018 they are overemphasizing it in practice and the film room. It is something that Nicholson even acknowledged they lacked in the past, saying they did not do enough of it and the objective is to communicate better and more often. So far, things are looking good for the unit, as they have forced numerous coverage sacks and errant throws by quarterback Alex Smith and the starting offense in camp.
To hear the full Montae Nicholson, among other Redskins players, start here at the 2:36 mark.