Resetting the roster: Cornerback

March, 21, 2014
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Taking a look at the Washington Redskins' cornerbacks 10 days into free agency:

On the roster: DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Chase Minnifield, Richard Crawford, Peyton Thompson, Ryan Mouton.

Added in free agency: Tracy Porter.

Still unsigned: E.J. Biggers, Josh Wilson. Biggers seems to still be in their plans, though I have not heard much in the last several days on this front. My guess is he will be re-signed, likely on another one-year contract. Wilson was replaced as the slot corner by Porter.

On the market: Dimitri Patterson, Carlos Rogers, Phillip Adams, Terrell Thomas, Jabari Greer. This group is more about adding depth than finding starters, but the Redskins do need depth. Patterson started out with Washington as an undrafted free agent, appearing in one game. Rogers is another ex-Redskin, of course, and is probably limited to slot duty at this stage. Thomas has drawn interest from Carolina and Oakland. I don’t think he would add a whole lot. I have not heard of them being in on any other corners since signing Porter. Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner never visited.

What it means thus far: The Redskins still need to add players here even if Biggers returns. He was OK for them last season, showing enough versatility to line up at safety. However, as other coaches have said, there is a difference between lining up there and actually being a threat, say, in the box. That’s not a knock on Biggers, who was put into a role he had never played or should be playing. Biggers at least has length and, if he’s your fourth corner you’re in OK shape. I would not say the Redskins are in great shape here, however. Hall is coming off a solid year, but can he maintain that level? Amerson definitely improved and should be ready for the starting job.

I wonder about Minnifield and what sort of improvement he’ll show this spring and summer. He was feisty in press-man coverage last summer, but needed work on other coverages. That’s common for new players, let alone one coming off two knee surgeries in six months. There’s also Crawford, who showed improvement in the slot before tearing ligaments in his knee. But he needs to prove he can get back to that level. But I’d draft one in the first four rounds, a bigger one at that; doesn't have to be 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3, but a legitimate 6-footer would be helpful. Porter could be a one-year guy and even though he’s coming off what Raiders observers termed a good season, this will be his third new team in three years. Good players don’t bounce around that much. Hall is not a long-term answer. This is an excellent draft for corners, so that should help them.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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