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Topic - Phillip Thomas
Redskins beat writer Rich Campbell provides five key questions heading into Washington's preseason opener at the Tennessee Titans
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.
The Redskins’ scintillating run to the NFC East title last season overshadowed memories of their 3-6 start. Were they really as good as the final record, or did a depleted team just get hot with the help of a few breaks?
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.
Johnthan Banks has won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.
Syracuse coach Doug Marrone knows that injuries are part of football. Still, his Orange are hurting about as much as he can handle.
"It's night and day for me from OTAs until now," Thomas said. "Just really focused in on it. If I have this call, I need these checks. That's probably the biggest thing I struggled with was just the communication part of it. Now it's second nature to me. I'm out there making the calls, being confident, being vocal. I'm able to just look at the offense and make plays now."
"It means that, I guess, we're the future of this secondary," Thomas said "It's going to be great because ... we talk about us being the future and we talk about us all being on the field together and being the rookie DBs coming in at the same time and all making plays back there."