Moving on from Scandrick was the Right Move
Welcome back to the Burgundy and Gold Report. News broke on Tuesday that the Redskins are moving on from cornerback Orlando Scandrick. When the injury prone former Cowboy was signed, The B&G Report posted
The signing screamed of desperation, after they swung and missed on signing former Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Reports have surfaced that the Redskins have reached out to DRC once again. This was mentioned on Inside The Locker Room with host Brian Mitchell. At this point sticking with what they have might be their best move. That could all change if an injury occurs within the position group though.
Mainstays Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau make up the Skins top three corners. The young corners have impressed throughout camp and have gained Coach Gruden’s confidence. The latter of the three should have a big role this season.
B&G Report small school prospect Danny Johnson from Southern University has also flourished amongst the group and thrived versus the Jets receivers in joint practices. According to Lake Lewis writer for redskinswire.usatoday.com, the UDFA is a player to keep an eye on.
“Redskins release of Orlando Scandrick shows their confidence in their young corners. Danny Johnson is a name to remember.”
Standing 5’9 and weighing a mere 181 lbs, left Johnson as an afterthought by many league scouts and GM’s. Doug Williams’ influence can’t be denied with the signings of UDFA Danny Johnson and Grambling’s Martez Carter.
Redskins fans know that Williams was not only the Grambling quarterback in his heyday, but also had two stints as the Tigers’ head coach. His familiarity with the SWAC division pipeline as a coach and recruiter has become an asset for Washington.
With second year corner Joshua Holsey on the Active/Non-Football injury list, the door opened for Johnson to test his skill set versus big bodied receivers such as 6’3 212lb Robert Davis. Incidentally, Davis was lost for the year when he fell awkwardly while Johnson was in coverage during 1 on 1’s.
While at Southern, Johnson was a punt returner as well as a standout defensive back . The Southern University cornerback was used sparingly as a returner based on his importance as the defensive backfield leader. Johnson plays with no fear and uses his lack of size as a chip on his shoulder.
As reported by multiple sources, the release of Scandrick coupled with the rise of Johnson made Scandrick expendable.
“When I asked one player if he was surprised Scandrick was released, he responded, No surprise.”. Again: fit.”-ESPN Redskins Writer John Keim
While Scandrick might have not been a good system fit or mesh with the locker room, his injury history and age made him a sensible candidate to release. After giving up a 6th round selection in the supplemental draft for Alexander, the Va Tech DB is sure bet to make the roster. The Redskins kept six corners in 2017 and look to do the same with Norman, Dunbar, Moreau, Alexander, Johnson and Stroman this seaon.
The former Cowboy was always meant to be a backup plan in case the youngsters crashed and burned. Luckily for Washington and its fans, the upgrades made in the draft have finally changed a position of concern into a potential position of promise.
After an exciting week of intersquad practices with the NY Jets that featured flying fists and trash talking, they’ll match up on Thursday Night Football. DJ Swearenger and the defense will surely be jawing come gametime! With week #1 less than a month away, stay tuned for more Burgundy and Gold Report news and analysis.
Written By Adam Aniba
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