The Insider: Safeties


Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014

NFL draft: A look at three safeties who could be fits for the Redskins

Washington enters the draft potentially looking for more help in the secondary. Here are three, one each who should be available early, in the middle and late in the draft

By Mark Bullock  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL draft, Safeties, The Outsider

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Jackson, Clark acquisitions give Redskins flexibility entering draft

We’ll get more into the draft in the coming weeks as pre-draft visits and workouts will begin taking place. But here’s a quick glance at where things currently stand and what holes may still remain.

By Mike Jones  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, Draft needs, inside linebackers, NFL draft, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Running backs, Safeties, special teams, tight ends, Wide Receivers

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Redskins sign safety Ryan Clark

Longtime Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark played two seasons in Washington early in his career.

By Mike Jones  |  06:30 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, Free agents, Ryan Clark, Safeties

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/27/2014

If healthy, Phillip Thomas and Chris Thompson could help Redskins

Because of injuries that robbed them of most or all of their rookie seasons, both running back Chris Thompson and safety Phillip Thomas remain mysteries.

By Mike Jones  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, Phillip Thomas, Running backs, Safeties

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Redskins re-sign safety Brandon Meriweather to one-year deal

The Redskins have reached an agreement to bring back safety Brandon Meriweather, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

By Mike Jones  |  06:45 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, free agency, Safeties

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Redskins, Ryan Clark have yet to reach agreement

The Washington Redskins hosted free agent safety Ryan Clark on Thursday and continued negotiations with his representative Thursday evening and part of Friday, but have yet to reach an agreement on a deal.

By Mike Jones  |  07:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, Safeties

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Safety Ryan Clark to visit Redskins

Former Washington and Pittsburgh safety says he will visit Ashburn to discuss a return to the Redskins.

By Mike Jones  |  02:45 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, Safeties

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Re-setting the secondary market for the Redskins

After free agent safeties, and to a lesser degree, cornerbacks flew off teh board on Day 1, what’s left for Washington?

By Keith McMillan  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, free agency, Opening kick, Safeties

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Aqib Talib, Jairus Byrd and Mike Mitchell prove too expensive for Redskins

The Redskins passed on three top-tier free agent defensive backs on the first day of NFL free agency.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, free agency, Safeties

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 03/11/2014

NFL free agency: Where the Redskins stand on signing day

At 4 p.m. today the Redskins and NFL teams will be able to sign free agents to contracts.

By Mike Jones  |  09:05 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, free agency, Perry Riley, Safeties

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Redskins express interest in Jairus Byrd, Corey Graham and Captain Munnerlyn

Determined to fix their problematic secondary, the Washington Redskins continue to hold discussions with top defensive backs on the market.

By Mike Jones  |  11:42 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, free agency, Safeties

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 03/09/2014

Redskins express interest in Aqib Talib and Mike Mitchell

Defensive backs could help team upgrade a struggling secondary.

By Mike Jones  |  01:18 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, free agency, Safeties

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Free agent safeties: A name, value and sleeper the Redskins could target

An in-depth look at three players who could help Washington’s secondary improve.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, Safeties, The Outsider

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Redskins free agency: Top remaining needs on defense

Many holes remain on a unit that ranked second-worst in the league in points allowed.

By Mike Jones  |  11:12 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, free agency, inside linebackers, Safeties

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Redskins re-sign safety Jose Gumbs

The Washington Redskins have re-signed safety Jose Gumbs to a one-year deal, the player confirmed on Monday afternoon.

By Mike Jones  |  12:28 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, jose gumbs, Safeties

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Offseason question: Should the Redskins move on from Brandon Meriweather?

Starter Brandon Meriweather’s contract voided last week, and now the Redskins must decide if they should make an attempt to re-sign him, or if they should look elsewhere.

By Mike Jones  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, offseason questions, Safeties

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Meriweather’s contract voids five days after Super Bowl

Safety is to become a free agent, one of several from Redskins’ 2013 defense.

By Mark Maske  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, contracts, Free agents, Safeties

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Redskins mailbag: Free agency targets, roster needs and more . . .

With the coaching staff in place, the attention turns to talent evaluation and roster construction.

By Mike Jones  |  12:11 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Allen, coaches, cornerbacks, Jay Gruden, Mailbag, Safeties, Scott Campbell

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Where to begin rebuilding Redskins: Defense, position by position

Mark Bullock takes a look at who from the defense should stay or be upgraded or replaced, regardless of if the Redskins run a 3-4, 4-3 or hybrid system.

By Mark Bullock  |  01:59 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, barry cofield, brandon jenkins, Brandon Meriweather, Brian Orakpo, Chris Baker, cornerbacks, Darryl Tapp, David Amerson, DeAngelo Hall, Defense, defensive line, EJ Biggers, inside linebackers, Jarvis Jenkins, Josh Wilson, Nick Barnett, outside linebackers, Perry Riley, Reed Doughty, Rob Jackson, Ryan Kerrigan, Safeties, Stephen Bowen, The Outsider, Week 17

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Redskins position-by-position review: Ups and downs against Giants

There were a few standouts against the Giants, some for good reasons and some for not-so-good ones.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aldrick Robinson, Chris Baker, Chris Chester, cornerbacks, defensive line, inside linebackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Giants, Running backs, Safeties, The Outsider, tight ends, Week 13, Wide Receivers

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2013

Game Day Q&A: Trenton Robinson on a fresh start and life as a special teams player

A second-year pro with two previously unsuccessful, brief stints with San Francisco and Philadelphia, Trenton Robinson embraced the opportunity to prove himself to a new team.

By Mike Jones  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Game Day Q&A, Safeties, special teams, Trenton Robinson, Week 13

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Redskins position-by-position review: The 49ers’ defense dominated

Mark Bullock looks at the different ways the San Francisco defense gave the offense problems, and how defensive players, like Brian Orakpo and Jarvis Jenkins, actually played pretty well.

By Mark Bullock  |  01:59 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aldrick Robinson, barry cofield, Brian Orakpo, cornerbacks, DeAngelo Hall, defensive line, inside linebackers, Jarvis Jenkins, Josh Wilson, Linebackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Perry Riley, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. 49ers, Robert Griffin III, Running backs, Safeties, Secondary, The Outsider, tight ends, Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Week 13, Wide Receivers

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Position-by-position review: Was it Robert Griffin III’s worst game?

Mark Bullock takes a closer look at Robert Griffin III, Brian Orakpo, David Amerson and the offensive line.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:55 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alfred Morris, Brandon Meriweather, Brian Orakpo, cornerbacks, David Amerson, defensive line, inside linebackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Eagles, Reed Doughty, Robert Griffin III, Running backs, Safeties, The Outsider, tight ends, Week 11, Wide Receivers

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Redskins position-by-position review: How it started well and went wrong vs. the Vikings

A detailed look at what went well on Thursday night, and where Washington gave up the plays to Minnesota that cost them the game.

By Mark Bullock  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, inside linenbackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Vikings, Running backs, Safeties, The Outsider, tight ends, Week 10, Wide Receivers

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Redskins’ position-by-position review: How the option opens up other plays

A look at how the option opened up big plays for the Redskins, and how each position group performed against the Chargers.

By Mark Bullock  |  11:32 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, inside linebackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Chargers, Running backs, Safeties, special teams, The Outsider, tight ends, Week 9, Wide Receivers

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Bacarri Rambo impresses Redskins coaches in return to action

Rookie free safety Bacarri Rambo had a performance Sunday that drew praise from his head coach and defensive coordinator.

By Mike Jones  |  03:19 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, Jim Haslett, jose gumbs, Mike Shanahan, Safeties

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 10/31/2013

NFLPA says Brandon Meriweather ‘sorry’ for comments (updated)

The Redskins safety confirms he spoke to DeMaurice Smith, the union’s executive director, but declines further comment.

By Mark Maske  |  11:51 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Concussions, NFL safety, Safeties

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Reed Doughty hopeful he’ll play against Chargers

Safety has missed one game since suffering a concussion.

By Mark Maske  |  01:11 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Redskins vs. Chargers, Reed Doughty, Safeties

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Phillip Thomas off crutches, encouraged by progress

Rookie safety Phillip Thomas is now walking without the assistance of crutches and has graduated to a protective boot after having surgery to repair a Lisfranc tear earlier this season.

By Mike Jones  |  11:31 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Phillip Thomas, Safeties

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Redskins release Jordan Pugh to make room for Brandon Meriweather

The Washington Redskins have waived safety Jordan Pugh to make room on the 53-man roster for Brandon Meriweather, who returned from a one-game suspension.

By Mike Jones  |  04:37 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Jordan Pugh, Roster, Safeties

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 10/28/2013

The Outsider: Position-by-position review of the Redskins 45-21 loss to the Broncos

A close look at which players and position groups played well against Denver, and where the problems occurred.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:22 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, Linebackers, Offensive line, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Broncos, Running backs, Safeties, The Outsider, tight ends, Wide Receivers

Posted at 11:03 PM ET, 10/27/2013

Jordan Pugh gets interception days after he is re-signed

Safety was re-signed during the week after Brandon Meriweather was suspended.

By Mark Maske  |  11:03 PM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan Pugh, Redskins vs. Broncos, Safeties, Week 8

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Redskins vs. Broncos: Five story lines for Sunday’s game at Denver

Five areas to focus on during Washington’s 4:25 game at Denver on Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  London Fletcher, Mike Shanahan, Redskins vs. Broncos, Safeties, Secondary, special teams, story lines, Week 8

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Haslett confident in remaining safeties in patchwork secondary

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett acknowledges the limitations that he faces in his secondary.

By Mike Jones  |  01:50 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Haslett, Redskins vs. Broncos, Safeties

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Redskins officially re-sign safety Jordan Pugh

With the status of their top two safeties in doubt for Sunday’s game against the Broncos, Washington added a player it cut last week.

By Mark Maske  |  10:35 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan Pugh, Redskins vs. Broncos, Safeties, Week 8

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Redskins re-sign Jordan Pugh to bolster safety depth [updated]

It’s not immediately clear if Pugh’s return is contingent upon Brandon Meriweather’s suspension being upheld.

By Mark Maske  |  07:43 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agents, Jordan Pugh, Redskins vs. Broncos, Safeties, Week 8

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Redskins could be extremely shorthanded at safety against Broncos

Brandon Meriweather was suspended Monday and Reed Doughty suffered a concussion in the Chicago game Sunday.

By Mark Maske  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, Redskins defense, Reed Doughty, Safeties, suspensions

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Brandon Meriweather suspended two games [updated]

The NFL has announced a two-game suspension of Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather.

By Mark Maske  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, fines, NFL safety, Redskins vs. Bears, Safeties, suspensions

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 10/20/2013

Reed Doughty suffers concussion in win over Bears

Redskins safety Reed Doughty left the win over Chicago with a concussion.

By Mark Maske  |  10:25 PM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Redskins vs. Bears, Reed Doughty, Safeties

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Mailbag: Trade possibilities, safeties and defensive packages

Mike Jones answers questions about safety prospects from the Bills' Jairus Byrd to undrafted Jose Gumbs, plus punter Sav Rocca and Jim Haslett's defensive packages.

By Mike Jones  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Haslett, jose gumbs, Mailbag, Robert Griffin III, Safeties, special teams, Tanard Jackson

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 10/08/2013

The Outsider: How Redskins' moves in the secondary improved the run defense

The Outsider takes a look at how Washington's changes in the secondary impacted the run defense, which was not good for two games, but got better against the Lions and Raiders.

By Mark Bullock  |  09:40 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  run defense, Safeties, Secondary, The Outsider

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 09/30/2013

The Outsider: A position-by-position look at how the defense performed against the Raiders

Our new Outsider, Mark Bullock, gives a detailed review of each defensive unit's play in Oakland.

By Mark Bullock  |  02:02 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, cornerbacks, defensive line, Linebackers, Outsider, Redskins vs. Raiders, Safeties, Secondary, The Outsider

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Five observations from the Redskins' win over the Raiders

The Washington Redskins on Sunday managed to stop the bleeding with a 24-14 win over the Oakland Raiders.

By Mike Jones  |  11:41 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Brian Orakpo, observations, Redskins vs. Raiders, Reed Doughty, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Kerrigan, Safeties, tight ends, Week 4, Wide Receivers

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Haslett remains confident in Rambo’s potential

Although confident that the sixth-round pick can develop into a good NFL player, Jim Haslett didn’t commit to playing the rookie for this week’s game.

By Mike Jones  |  03:07 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, Jim Haslett, Safeties

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Bacarri Rambo takes demotion in stride

Baccari Rambo was taken out of the starting lineup, but says he’ll let the coaches coach, and work on improving.

By Mike Jones  |  01:23 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baccari Rambo, Defense, Rookies, Safeties

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Redskins have been creative on defense, without success so far

The starting secondary against the Lions featured three cornerbacks and only one safety.

By Mark Maske  |  11:36 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  0-3, cornerbacks, Defense, Jim Haslett, Josh Wilson, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Brandon Meriweather fined $42,000 for helmet-to-helmet hit

The NFL has fined Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather $42,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit with Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy on Sunday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

By Mike Jones  |  04:29 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Concussions, Fines, NFL safety, Safeties

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Brandon Meriweather returns to practice field

Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather returned to the practice field on Wednesday after leaving Sunday’s game with a concussion and going through a series of tests Monday and Tuesday.

By Mike Jones  |  04:20 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Concussions, Injuries, Safeties

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Redskins mailbag: London Fletcher’s quiet start, roster needs and penalties

The Washington Redskins have stumbled out of the gates to an 0-2 start that few people imagined. There are plenty of problem areas and plenty of questions, but thus far, few answers.

By Mike Jones  |  12:02 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  London Fletcher, Mailbag, Nick Barnett, penalties, Safeties, Salary cap

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Meriweather says his string of injuries has been ‘very frustrating’

Safety could make his season debut Sunday in Green Bay.

By Mark Maske  |  02:18 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, Redskins vs. Packers, Safeties

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Redskins’ Brandon Meriweather practices fully

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan says he expects the safety to play against the Packers, barring a setback this week.

By Mark Maske  |  05:12 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, Redskins vs. Packers, Safeties

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Brandon Meriweather aims to play Sunday at Green Bay

Strong safety Brandon Meriweather said that he hopes to make his season debut Sunday against the Green Bay Packers after he missed Monday’s season opener with a lingering groin injury that limited him all of last week in practice.

By Mike Jones  |  02:12 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, Redskins vs. Packers, Safeties, Week 2

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Biggers not complaining about being asked to fill in at safety

Cornerback last played the position in high school and didn’t begin preparing to play it in practices until last week.

By Mark Maske  |  01:36 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, cornerbacks, E.J. Biggers, Redskins vs. Eagles, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Meriweather’s absence again an issue for struggling secondary

Safety has played one of team’s 17 regular season games since being signed.

By Mark Maske  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, cornerbacks, Injuries, pass defense, Safeties

Posted at 12:50 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Shanahan: Lingering soreness kept Meriweather from playing

Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather missed Monday night’s game because his injured groin remained too sore for him to play, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

By Mike Jones  |  12:50 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, E.J. Biggers, Injuries, Safeties

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Brandon Meriweather participates in Redskins’ practice on limited basis

Safety's knee described as 'fine' now but he's dealing with a groin injury.

By Mark Maske  |  04:27 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, Safeties, Week 1

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Decisions to keep Murphy, Gumbs on roster were ‘pretty easy,’ Shanahan says

They beat out DeJon Gomes and Chase Minnifield for backup spots in the Redskins' secondary.

By Mark Maske  |  10:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Roster, Safeties, special teams

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 08/31/2013

Tanard Jackson eligible for reinstatement, but no immediate action by NFL

Redskins safety was suspended a year ago and is eligible for reinstatement beginning today.

By Mark Maske  |  12:40 PM ET, 08/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safeties, suspensions, Tanard Jackson

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Meriweather hopeful he’ll be allowed to play in opener

Safety plays first half of preseason finale but doesn't have an impact on the game.

By Mark Maske  |  10:32 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, preseason, Safeties

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Bacarri Rambo encouraged after showing improvement vs. Buffalo

The rookie safety has been working on tackling in the open field, and he got better results against the Bills after struggling in his first two preseason games.

By Mike Jones  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, Rookies, Safeties

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Brandon Meriweather expected to play Thursday at Tampa Bay

Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather is expected to make his return to the football field Thursday when the team closes out the preseason at Tampa Bay.

By Mike Jones  |  01:40 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, preseason, Safeties

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Redskins vs. Bills: Five story lines to follow in Preseason Game 3

The Washington Redskins on Saturday return to FedEx Field, where they will host the Buffalo Bills in each team's third preseason game.

By Mike Jones  |  11:16 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Linebackers, preseason, Redskins-Bills, Running backs, Safeties, special teams, Storylines

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 08/22/2013

Shanahan: Meriweather might not be ready for Week 1

Safety not expected to play Saturday and Shanahan says, "He might be ready for the first game. He might not."

By Mark Maske  |  05:34 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, Josh Wilson, Mike Shanahan, Safeties, Week 1

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Brandon Meriweather wants to play Saturday, but remains unsure

Strong safety Brandon Meriweather said that he would like to make his preseason debut Saturday when the Redskins host the Buffalo Bills.

By Mike Jones  |  12:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, Safeties

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Bacarri Rambo working to lift Phillip Thomas's spirits

Of Phillip Thomas, rookie safety Bacarri Rambo says: ""He was kind of down, but he knows he's going to make it through it."

By Mike Jones  |  01:12 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, Injuries, Phillip Thomas, Rookies, Safeties

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Timing of Tanard Jackson's potential reinstatement problematic for Redskins

Team could use help at safety, especially after Phillip Thomas's injury. But Jackson is not eligible to be reinstated before Aug. 31 at the soonest and he missed all of last season, offseason practices and training camp.

By Mark Maske  |  07:02 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safeties, suspensions, Tanard Jackson

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Phillip Thomas will miss his entire rookie season

Redskins rookie safety out 4-5 months after being diagnosed with Lisfranc injury in his left foot.

By Mark Maske  |  06:56 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Phillip Thomas, preseason, Rookies, Safeties, Training camp

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/07/2013

Rookies in Redskins' secondary will be in spotlight Thursday night

All eyes are on David Amerson, Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas in the preseason opener against the Titans.

By Mark Maske  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, preseason, Redskins preseason, Rookies, Safeties, Secondary, Tennessee Titans, Training camp

Posted at 08:03 PM ET, 08/05/2013

Observations from Monday's practice at Redskins training camp

Healthy first-team defense, two-pick day for Wilson, dunk contest, RGIII update

By Mike Jones  |  08:03 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Injuries, observations, Safeties, Training camp

Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 08/05/2013

DeAngelo Hall, Brandon Meriweather return to action

Veteran defensive backs DeAngelo Hall and Brandon Meriweather on Monday returned to action after missing the week with injuries.

By Mike Jones  |  07:12 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, cornerbacks, DeAngelo Hall, Injuries, Safeties, Training camp

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Phillip Thomas says he's catching on to Redskins' defense

Rookie safety is catching up after falling behind when he missed a week of offseason practices.

By Mark Maske  |  01:06 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Phillip Thomas, Rookies, Safeties, Training camp

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Redskins mailbag: Carriker's future, Jackson's status, right tackle and more

The Washington Redskins get back to work today for their fourth practice of training camp, and this morning we take another dive into the mailbag.

By Mike Jones  |  11:22 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Mailbag, Offensive line, Safeties, Training camp

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/28/2013

Redskins closely monitoring Brandon Meriweather's workload

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he and the team's medical staff will keep a close eye on safety Brandon Meriweather, who remains in the process of working his way back from a knee surgery.

By Mike Jones  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, Safeties, Training camp

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Redskins rookies David Amerson, Bacarri Rambo open camp as starters in secondary

When the Redskins took the field for their first walk-through of training camp on Thursday, rookie defensive backs David Amerson and Bacarri Rambo spent the morning with the first team.

By Mike Jones  |  01:48 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, position battles, Safeties, Secondary, Training camp

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Wilson, Hurt opening camp on PUP list; Bernstine, Holland waived

Cornerback Josh Wilson and offensive lineman Maurice Hurt will both open training camp on the Redskins' Physically Unable to Perform list, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

By Mike Jones  |  10:12 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, cornerbacks, Injuries, Josh Wilson, Maurice Hurt, PUP list, Roster, Safeties, Training camp

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Redskins have options at safety, creating competition for roster spots

John Keim continues his look at each position entering training camp. Today: safeties.

By John Keim  |  09:25 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safeties

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 07/01/2013

The Mailbag: RGIII and the PUP List, training camp fan experience and more

We dive into another collection of reader questions as the Redskins' downtime continues for another several weeks.

By Mike Jones  |  12:47 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  broadcast, cornerbacks, inside linebackers, Linebackers, Mailbag, outside linebackers, Safeties, Secondary, Training camp

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Raheem Morris on the difference between Thomas and Rambo

Defensive backs coach Raheem Morris says Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo rank among the most advanced rookies that he has ever coached.

By Mike Jones  |  10:17 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, minicamp, Phillip Thomas, Rookies, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Haslett sings praises of three rookie defensive backs

The Redskins defensive coordinator says David Amerson, Phillip Thomas and Baccari Rambo are developing, and with "more time on the grass" will contribute, and possibly start.

By Mike Jones  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Defense, Jim Haslett, minicamp, Rookies, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Meriweather will be ready at the outset of training camp, Shanahan says

Doctors 'don't think there's any question about it,' Redskins coach says of safety's availability July 25.

By Mark Maske  |  04:57 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Safeties

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Redskins minicamp: Observations from Tuesday's practice

The Washington Redskins returned to the practice field today for the first session of their mandatory minicamp, which is scheduled to run Tuesday through Thursday.

By Mike Jones  |  04:00 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, Injuries, minicamp, observations, returners, Rookies, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Observations from Thursday's practice session

Mike Jones shares insights on the Redskins' Thursday practice, including who's hurt, who's lining up with first- and second-teams, and who scuffled.

By Mike Jones  |  03:32 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, inside linebackers, observations, Offensive line, OTAs, Practice reports, running back, Safeties, tight ends

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Observations from Redskins' Thursday practice

Mike Jones shares what he observed at Redskins practice on Thursday, including in the secondary and at running back.

By Mike Jones  |  04:32 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, observations, offseason, OTAs, Running backs, Safeties

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 05/29/2013

Five areas to monitor in the second week of offseason practices

Thursday's practice, which is open to reporters, will provide the opportunity to monitor several other developing storylines.

By Mike Jones  |  11:09 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, OTAs, Running backs, Safeties

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Redskins sign fourth-round safety Phillip Thomas

By signing fourth-round pick Phillip Thomas, the Redskins have all but their second- and third-round picks under contract.

By Mike Jones  |  01:01 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  contracts, draft, Rookies, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Redskins sign Rambo, Jenkins; five rookie draftees still unsigned

Two of the Redskins' seven draft picks are now under contract.

By Keith McMillan  |  04:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baccari Rambo, Rookies, Safeties

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 05/03/2013

What lies ahead for rookie safeties Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo?

If they expect to play this season, rookies Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo have a lot of studying to do, former Redskins safety Matt Bowen says.

By Mike Jones  |  10:32 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, Phillip Thomas, Safeties

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 04/27/2013

Redskins take another safety, Bacarri Rambo, with 191st overall pick

The Washington Redskins went safety again, taking Georgia's Bacarri Rambo with the 191st pick of the NFL draft.

By Mike Jones  |  05:47 PM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins draft, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Can the Redskins expect a safety drafted 51st to start immediately?

Can the Redskins expect a safety drafted 51st to start immediately?

By Keith McMillan  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Opening kick, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Jordan Bernstine targeting training camp return date

Redskins safety Jordan Bernstine continues to make strides in his recovery from the knee injury that robbed him of his rookie campaign.

By Mike Jones  |  10:56 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jordan bernstine, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Draft prospects Amerson, Thomas, Williams visiting Redskins Wednesday

The Washington Redskins were scheduled to host North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson and Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas for pre-draft visits, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

By Mike Jones  |  10:19 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, NFL draft, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/06/2012

DeJon Gomes gets first-team work as Redskins scramble for backup plan at strong safety

The injury woes that have plagued the Redskins and their safeties the last two seasons seem to have continued as Mike Shanahan announced that the team will open the year with Brandon Meriweather sidelined for two to four weeks with a sprained MCL and PCL.

By Mike Jones  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, injury updates, Redskins defense, Safeties

Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 09/03/2012

Reed Doughty is preparing to start if needed

Uncertainty over knee injury of starter Brandon Meriweather leaves backup's status up in the air.

By Mark Maske  |  08:54 PM ET, 09/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense, Redskins safeties, Reed Doughty

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Redskins safety Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely for violating NFL substance abuse policy

Jackson, who had been competing for a backup safety position, violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy for a third time, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

By Mike Jones and Mark Maske  |  05:05 PM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense; Tanard Jackson; Redskins safeties, Redskins roster