ASHBURN, Va. -- Continuing my look at the Washington Redskins' 53-man roster by position group, this time analyzing the cornerbacks.
Newcomers: Porter, Breeland
Who they lost: Josh Wilson
Where they’re better: With Amerson as a starter the Redskins have a longer, more athletic corner than the player he replaced in Wilson. More than that, Amerson by all accounts had a strong offseason and looked solid during the summer. He wasn’t perfect by any means, but solid. His length should help on fade routes that have hurt the Redskins the last couple years. Breeland adds a physical presence that the secondary in general could use. He’s a versatile player, but one who remains a work in progress. If nothing else he will help on special teams and that's a plus. Hall is what he is at this point: a corner capable of big plays and who loves challenges, but sometimes gives up too much cushion.
Where they’re worse: Wilson did a good job in the slot of playing the run and as a No. 2 corner. His coverage skills had declined and his height hurt him. But he was a willing participant against the run. Porter’s durability issues are already a problem. He’s played one full season (folks in Oakland said he played well, too), it just so happened to be last year. Tough to sign veterans with durability issues. That leaves Biggers as a slot corner or, when he’s ready, Breeland. That’s not the solution Washington was seeking at this spot.
Overall: I like Amerson’s growth, but now am curious to see how he handles facing a consistently higher caliber of receivers. It’s the natural step for him. He cut down on peeking too much in the backfield and he’s improved. He’s developed quite a bit in the run game compared to where he was in college. He needs to fix his concentration lapses. As a group they’re OK, but they need Breeland to develop and Porter to stay healthy. Hall had an excellent season in 2013 and does more against the run than he gets credit for. He was stronger in press coverage than anything else last season. Will staying on one side help him? He liked playing the opposition’s best receiver. Biggers is OK as a versatile corner who is fine as a No. 4 in your rotation.