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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Redskins shuffling secondary in final weeks

While the Redskins started rookie DeJon Gomes at safety last week, coaches intended to rotate their three safeties in Sunday’s game at the New York Giants. That could again be the case Saturday against Minnesota, as the Redskins are shuffling their secondary a bit in the season’s final weeks.

“It’s not a free for all where we’re just trying to play guys,” Haslett said. “[We’re] trying to ...win the game, play well, and just try to look at some guys and see where they fit in as we go.”

Oshiomogho Atogwe began last Sunday’s game on the sidelines but ended up playing more than twice as many snaps as Gomes. Though injuries have slowed Atogwe at times this year, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett says coaches still are eager to see him play more this season.

“Just to make sure we feel good about him and see where’s he at,” Haslett said.

The Redskins also started last week’s game with Byron Westbrook at nickelback in place of Kevin Barnes, which produced mixed results.

“Obviously, the first deep ball -- the one that hit off the facemask of [Hakeem] Nicks -- he was supposed to stay inside on that,” Haslett said. “That wasn’t really a good play.”

Barnes resumed his role at the nickel spot shortly after that play, but coaches later put Westbrook back in the game at corner, where, Haslett said, he played well.

“We’re going to give him another opportunity to play,” he said. “Try to find out where he’s at also these next couple of games.”

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