- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran will examine one Redskins position group each day through tomorrow, when the team reports to training camp. Today: Defensive backs.

Who’s back: Starting cornerbacks Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers, starting safety Sean Taylor, corner reserves Ade Jimoh, Christian Morton and Dimitri Patterson and safety reserves Pierson Prioleau and Curry Burns.

Who’s new: Safety Adam Archuleta from St. Louis, cornerback Kenny Wright from Jacksonville and safety Reed Doughty, a sixth-round draft pick.

Overview: Springs has enjoyed two solid seasons with the Redskins and had 50 tackles and one interception last year — a sign that teams rarely threw his direction. Rogers fought injuries at the end of the season but enters this year as a starter, and Wright is a reliable veteran who has missed only two games in seven seasons. His legal troubles behind him, Taylor figures to improve on the 70 tackles and two interceptions he had in 2005. Archuleta replaces Ryan Clark at the other safety spot.

Key issues: 1. How big of an upgrade over Clark is Archuleta? Tough to say at this point. It was an interesting move considering Clark was key in getting the secondary lined up and was also productive (57 tackles). It didn’t seem to be broken. But Clark is in Pittsburgh and Archuleta is here. He’s an inch taller and 18 pounds heavier than his predecessor, so the Redskins are banking on Archuleta to produce some big hits.

2. Is there any concern at cornerback? There should be. But only a mild concern. Springs played through several injuries last year and Rogers missed four games. If, for some reason, both can’t play in a game, the top two corners are Wright and Jimoh.

Tomorrow: Special teams

Got a question about the Redskins? Starting in training camp, the Times will be running a weekly Redskins Mailbag. Send questions to Ryan O’Halloran at skinsmailbag@washingtontimes.com

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