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Question of the Day
David Amerson enjoyed his visit to Redskins Park earlier this month. The N.C. State cornerback dined with coach Mike Shanahan, ate lunch with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and watched some film. He left believing he would fit well into a Washington Redskins defense that at times struggled to defend the pass last season.
It turns out the Redskins felt the same.
Amerson is a play-making, risk-taking defender who set an ACC record with 13 interceptions two seasons ago but surrendered too many big plays for his own liking last season.
“It’s definitely something I have to learn from and develop from,” Amerson said. “It’s something that can help me grow as a player.
“Just trying to make every play, taking chances sometimes when I shouldn’t have, losing sight of little fundamentals and things like that. So I have to get back to basics.”
“We’re going to coach him the way we want to coach him,” Shanahan said. “He’s going to fit into our system. We think we can give him some opportunities he hasn’t had in the past.”
Amerson is a prototypical cornerback at 6-1, 205 pounds. His arm length of 32 5/8 inches is considered quality, and his hands are big at 10 1/2 inches. Those attributes help his ball skills. Also, he ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in 4.44 seconds.
“He’s a guy we feel can play in off coverage,” Shanahan said. “He’s got the speed that you look for. He can play in bump coverage. He’s got some length. Just a guy that we thought we would fit into our system very well. Very sharp player. Very smart player.”
“He can play outside,” Shanahan said of Hall. “He can play inside, which gives you some advantages, especially with what offenses are doing nowadays. He can play free safety. He can play strong safety, which a lot of people can’t play because they don’t have the skills or they don’t want to hit. D-Hall is not afraid to hit.
“He’s very bright, so he gives us a lot of flexibility. But you have to have the depth at the corner position, and now we feel like we do have a little depth.”
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