RICHMOND — Will Blackmon has lined up all over the field during his 10-year NFL career, so his transition from cornerback to safety, he says, isn’t a big deal.
He’s been involved in nickel-package defenses and punt and kick returns, as well as cornerback duties during his time in the NFL. For one season at Boston College, he even played wide receiver.
“It’s football. It’s nothing to be crazy about,” Blackmon said. “It’s not like I’m going to play quarterback. That would be a huge transition. It’s the same defense. I know where to be. I knew where the safety was because that was my help playing corner, so it’s not a major headline. I wouldn’t make it one.”
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Having that experience at all of the other positions, especially cornerback and nickel back, he says, has helped him make a smooth transition over to safety. On the Redskins’ unofficial depth chart, Blackmon is listed as the second-string free safety behind DeAngelo Hall.
Blackmon isn’t the only Redskins secondary player to make position changes recently. DeShazor Everett moved from cornerback to safety this season. And Hall switched from cornerback to safety midway through the 2015 season.
“The cool thing about our secondary is everyone’s versatile,” Blackmon said. “That’s the cool thing. Anyone can play anywhere. That’s the beauty of our room right now. We have a lot of depth, a lot of competition and everyone gets along.”