HARRIS: Bacarri Rambo, David Amerson give Redskins’ defense reason to be excited

“There’s no added pressure on us,” Rambo said. “We just have to go out there and do what we do best. We have to go out there and handle our business.”

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett faced the media for the only time this preseason Thursday and he sounded almost giddy about the development of his group. Hard to imagine a coordinator anywhere not sounding that way at this stage. The first question of the session concerned the team’s rookie draft picks, a group that also includes linebacker Brandon Jenkins and now-injured safety Phillip Thomas.

Their progress — Amerson, Rambo and Thomas all started the preseason opener — is one reason for Haslett’s optimism.

“I think they’re all kind of right on course,” Haslett said. “We’ll see how they go the next couple of weeks and then we’ll decide how we’re going to play the for the opener.”

The bar is pretty high for Amerson and Rambo after what Griffin and Morris did last season.

Griffin was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. If he hadn’t been, the award might have gone to Morris. All he did was rush for 1,613 yards, which was second-most in the league behind Adrian Peterson’s 2,097.

If Rambo or Amerson is the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and the other is in the conversation, Redskins fans are going to have good reason to be as happy as Haslett is now.

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