The Washington Times - August 1, 2012, 10:12AM

Each of the four first-stringers in the Redskins’ secondary was drafted by another team. Sometime along the way, their respective teams gave up on them in one form or another.

“Yeah, we always joke with each other, just saying we have a secondary full of misfits. We have guys that I feel like nobody else wanted in this league,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said.

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Hall was released by the Oakland Raiders in 2008. Cornerback Josh Wilson has played for Seattle and Baltimore before opting to sign with the Redskins in 2011. Free safety Madieu Williams was benched in San Francisco last season, and New England released strong safety Brandon Meriweather in 2011 despite the fact he was coming off back-to-back Pro Bowls.

Those four seem to have bonded over the adversity they have in common, and it’s motivating them to be a strength of the Redskins’ defense this season amid significant questions about the secondary.

“We laugh at some of that stuff because we all know that at the end of the day you have to go out on the field and prove it,” Hall said. “We feel like this group of guys might look bad on paper, and some guys might rank us badly on paper, [but] at the end of the day you have to go out there and play. We definitely feel like we’re ready to go.

“We feel poised, and we feel capable with the guys we have that we’re going to make a lot of plays. That’s all you can ask for is just to feel comfortable with the guys that surround you. At the end of the day, you have to go out there and back it up. This group is definitely ready to do that.”