How do the Skins look at cornerback?

July, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

With the re-signing of free-agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins took a major step toward solidifying their secondary. Paul Tenorio of The Washington Post takes a look at the Skins' situation at cornerback as part of his position battles series. It still looks like veteran Fred Smoot will need to fill an important role on the team -- and that would worry me.

"Fred Smoot remains one of the most entertaining players on the team, and if you are near a field when the Redskins are practicing, you're sure to hear him talking," writes Tenorio. "Loudly. But as much as Smoot is one of the favorites for his talking ability, there's no question the eight-year veteran's play has dropped off from the cornerback pre-Minnesota.

"Though he started nine games and recorded 57 tackles and one interception, Smoot struggled late in 2008 and was dropped to the No. 4 corner spot by the end of the season, behind [Shawn] Springs, [Carlos] Rogers and Hall. Still, he enters this season as one of the few options to match up in the slot."

The Redskins need either Kevin Barnes or Justin Tryon to emerge at the cornerback spot. It's a position that can kill you if you don't have enough depth, and I'm not sure either Barnes or Tryon are ready for prime time. I'll look into this situation when I'm in Ashburn, Va., for training camp next month.

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