Rich Campbell covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Times.
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The Redskins are hosting 48 tryout players at this weekend's minicamp.
Washington now has 85 players on its active roster, leaving five empty spots. None of the Redskins' seven draft picks has signed.
The Redskins have signed five undrafted free agents, including three wide receivers, according to NFL records. They are expected to attend the club's three-day rookie camp beginning Friday, as are Washington's seven draft picks and some tryout players.
Mike Reed, NC State's defensive backs coach from 2007-12, oversaw David Amerson's three-year career with the Wolfpack. He experienced the charmed 2011 and the downbeat 2012 seasons alongside Amerson. Reed explained the reasons for the good and the bad, and he ultimately expressed his belief that Amerson will shine in the NFL.
Fresno St. secondary coach Jordan Peterson discusses Redskins fourth-round free safety Phillip Thomas. Among the topics: Thomas' instincts, how Fresno St. used him and his ability to learn quickly.
That Biggers and Amerson will compete for playing time didn’t seem to dampen Biggers’ excitement about how the Redskins used the 51st-overall pick.
He appeared to promote the charity softball game between a team of NFL players and the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball team on Sat., June 1 at Prince George's Stadium.
The Redskins on the last day of the draft Saturday addressed their most glaring need by selecting free safeties Phillip Thomas of Fresno St. in the fourth round and Bacarri Rambo from Georgia in the sixth. The are part of a draft class with high upside and some considerable risks.
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Jamison is known as a favorable fit for the one-cut zone running game coach Mike Shanahan is known for.
Washington has now drafted three of college football's interceptions leaders. Rambo's eight interceptions in 2011 ranked second in the country to David Amerson's 13. Washington drafted Amerson, a cornerback from N.C. State, in the second round Friday. Fourth-round free safety Phillip Thomas led the nation last season with eight interceptions.
Thompson and Jenkins, both from Florida St., suffered significant injuries last season.
Thomas, a unanimous first team All-American, led the FBS last season with eight interceptions. He's known for superb ball skills and instincts that compensate for less-than-elite athleticism and speed.
The Redskins addressed an offensive need with their second pick Friday night, selecting Florida pass-catching tight end Jordan Reed in the third round (85th overall). Current first-string tight end Fred Davis is coming off left Achilles' tendon surgery and is in the last year of his contract. Reed is a pass-catching threat in that mold.
Amerson in college developed a reputation as a risk-reward player. He was known for creating turnovers but also giving up big plays. In a teleconference with Redskins media Friday night, he said he too often tried to sit on routes and got caught looking into the backfield last season.
Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson took a pay cut this week that saves the team $2 million in cap space, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. The club now has $2.03 million in cap space.