“He certainly provides a certain toughness, a certain physical ability. You gotta give his dad props, his dad credit for that as well,” defensive backs coach Raheem Morris said. “He’s got a pretty good defensive back coach in his family. I can’t take all the credit for it, but he’s been a pleasant surprise.”
Minnifield was no lock for a roster spot coming into camp but now has Morris saying he’s “looking forward to see him play every single week.”
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said he “did an excellent job” in Washington’s preseason opener against Tennessee.
“You can tell his dad played football, [that] he’s been around it his whole life. He’s just a natural football player,” Haslett said. “I like him because a guy that missed two years and can come back — he’s going to get better and better every day.”
If he doesn’t, he’ll hear about it from his father. Frank said he still coaches him from afar, providing feedback on every play.
“It’s more of reminders. It isn’t really coaching anymore. Everything that he hears me saying now, he’s heard me say a billion times,” Frank said. “If he does it right, I say ‘Thatta boy!’ If he does it wrong, I say, ‘Man, what in the world were we thinking about here?’”
So far this preseason, it’s been a lot more “thatta boys.” His play, combined with his U-Va.-built local legend, had fans clamoring to get an undrafted free agent to sign autographs.
Frank thinks they’re smart to do so.
“I’m sure everybody is holding their breath and withholding judgement because Chase has been hurt,” Frank said. “I think Chase can be as good as anybody in the league.”