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Topic - David Amerson
In all, five Redskins players have sustained a concussion this season: tight end Jordan Reed, safeties Reed Doughty, Brandon Meriweather and Jordan Pugh, and cornerback David Amerson. Eight players sustained one last season, with only right tackle Tyler Polumbus missing the following game because symptoms persisted.
Is Mike Shanahan's decision to stick with the same lineup that got the Redskins to 3-9 in the long-term good of the organization?
Point-Counterpoint: With their playoff hopes barely on life support, should the Redskins make some lineup changes to see what they have in some younger players? Tandler and Tarik debate the question.
Two of the Redskins' top special teams players are done for the season. Reserve linebacker Bryan Kehl sustained a torn ACL in his left knee in the second quarter, and longtime long snapper Nick Sundberg tore the meniscus in his right knee.
Five questions Redskins beat writer Brian McNally has heading into Washington’s Sunday afternoon game against the Detroit Lions:
"You can't really practice [tackling] a lot," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "You're only allowed to have pads on one day a week. And normally you don't take people to the ground But what you do, is you do have the sense of urgency to have your gap responsibility."
Winning in the NFL is elusive. The league is structured to foster competitive balance and parity. In the NFL, what goes up eventually comes down. The ultimate goal, then, is staying power — maximizing potential, sustaining a high standard and keeping the window to success open for as long as possible.
Several draft picks will take lessons from the game to practice Wednesday as the team moves toward the regular season opener in less than three weeks.
Five questions Redskins beat writer Rich Campbell has heading into Washington's Monday night preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers
For the defense to make another step forward, Amerson and Rambo are going to have to play big parts. Maybe not Griffin/Morris-level parts, but not far from that.
Coaches and teammates are optimistic about Bacarri Rambo, David Amerson and Phillip Thomas through 11 days of training camp. All three won't necessarily begin the regular season with the first string, but they will have opportunities to grow together during the four games this month.
Redskins beat writer Rich Campbell provides five key questions heading into Washington's preseason opener at the Tennessee Titans
Forget even about the start of the season. Meriweather hopes to be doing drills with his teammates by the start of training camp. If he is, the veteran will be the centerpiece of a secondary that could include a few rookies and a much different look than last year.
Bacarri Rambo celebrated his interception during rookie camp Sunday morning by running to Phillip Thomas on the sideline, jumping and bumping shoulders with him. The sequence previewed a best-case scenario for the Washington Redskins. The two rookie safeties could eventually help a secondary that provided more questions than answers last season.
Mike Shanahan didn't need to play it safe. He could swing for the fence, and he did. That freedom comes with returning 21 of 22 starters from last season's 10-win division champion.
"If I have a question, I'll go to him and ask him," he said. "For one example, as far as press technique, pressing outside leverage. Just really let the guy come to you, be patient and squeezing inside routes and kill all outside routes."
"I had no idea that there was a guy that ran in my zone behind me," Amerson said. "You just got to be aware. If I would have saw him, I would have definitely played deep to short, but I actually I was focused on that one receiver because I had one threat when the play began. I've just got to be more aware."