- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2015

Entering Week 2, there were questions about the Washington Redskins secondary and how they would plug several holes in the defensive backfield.

Cornerback Chris Culliver was serving a one-game suspension and corner Justin Rogers was out with a foot injury as well.

DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland played all 52 defensive snaps in the team’s 24-10 win against the St. Louis Rams.

In a time when the Redskins badly needed depth at the position, the biggest takeaway was that third-year corner David Amerson fell out of the rotation all together.

Last week, the Miami Dolphins successfully targeted Amerson when Hall was briefly sidelined with a rib injury. This week, the Redskins didn’t seem to want to take the chance of Amerson being targeted again.

Rookie Kyshoen Jarrett jumped Amerson on the depth chart and played 39 snaps on Sunday after playing just five in Week 1. Jarrett is listed as a safety, though he played primarily as the team’s slot corner in nickel packages. Coach Jay Gruden praised Jarrett’s versatility this week and the playing time only reinforced how highly they think of their sixth-round draft pick.

Will Blackmon also played five defensive snaps on Sunday, lining up in the slot opposite of Jarrett in dime packages. Blackmon, a nine-year veteran, was signed on Tuesday.

This rotation will be interesting to monitor when the Redskins play the New York Giants on Thursday, as Culliver returns to the field and Rogers gets healthier.

The full snap counts are listed below with the number of snaps played in parentheses, as well as a few more observations.

Offense: LT Trent Williams (72/72), LG Shawn Lauvao (72/72), C Kory Lichtensteiger (72/72), RG Brandon Scherff (72/72), RT Morgan Moses (72/72), QB Kirk Cousins (72/72), TE Jordan Reed (60/72), WR Pierre Garcon (51/72), TE Derek Carrier (48/72), WR Andre Roberts (45/72), WR Ryan Grant (44/72), RB Alfred Morris (34/72), RB Matt Jones (31/72), TE Anthony McCoy (23/72), WR Jamison Crowder (9/72), FB Darrel Young (6/72), WR Rashad Ross (2/72).

Defense: MLB Keenan Robinson (52/52), OLB Ryan Kerrigan (52/52), SS Trenton Robinson (52/52), FS Dashon Goldson (52/52), CB DeAngelo Hall (52/52), CB Bashaud Breeland (52/52), DE Jason Hatcher (40/52), S/CB Kyshoen Jarrett (39/52), OLB Trent Murphy (35/52), MLB Perry Riley Jr. (30/52), DE Chris Baker (25/52), DE Stephen Paea (20/52), MLB Will Compton (17/52), OLB Preston Smith (17/52), NT Terrance Knighton (16/52), DE Ricky Jean Francois (10/52), CB Will Blackmon (5/52), DE Kedric Golston (5/52), OLB Jackson Jeffcoat (1/52).

Special Teams: Jeron Johnson (24/30), Terrance Plummer (24/30), Will Compton (23/30), CB David Amerson (19/30), Jarrett (18/30), Smith (15/30), Blackmon (14/30), Carrier (14/30), Jeffcoat (13/30), Murphy (12/30), Crowder (10/30), P Tress Way (10/30), LS Nick Sundberg (10/30), Ross (9/30), K Dustin Hopkins (9/30), Keenan Robinson (8/30), Trenton Robinson (7/30), Goldson (7/30), Jones (6/30), Trent Williams (5/30), Lauvao (4/30), Moses (4/30), Scherff (4/30), Knighton (4/30), Josh LeRiebus (4/30), Grant (3/30), Thompson (3/30), Breeland (3/30), Kerrigan (2/30), Hatcher (2/30), Riley (2/30), Paea (2/30), Jean Francois (2/30), McCoy (1/30).

* After strong safety Duke Ihenacho fractured his wrist in Week 1, Trenton Robinson played the remaining 48 snaps — a strong indicator he’d be the team’s new strong safety. On Sunday, Robinson was on the field for all 52 defensive snaps, while backup safety Jeron Johnson played zero. Robinson also played seven special teams snaps, reduced from the 13 he had in Week 1 because of his role as a starter on defense.

* Rashad Ross has the type of speed to give the Redskins a deep threat in the absence of DeSean Jackson, but he may not be ready for that role just yet. He played only two offensive snaps, while Grant and Roberts were counted on opposite Pierre Garcon. Grant got the nod as the starter across from Garcon and played a career-high 44 offensive snaps. Grant also finished with six targets on Sunday, tied second-most with Reed behind Garcon, who had seven.

* Hatcher played 77 percent of the defensive snaps after playing 75 last week. It’s clear the Redskins want him in there and he’s been disruptive on the pass rush. Hatcher is the Redskins‘ oldest player on the team and it will be interesting to see how he holds up if he keeps playing that many snaps this season.

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