Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 18, 37 days before Redskins start training camp.
Amerson needs to learn to bounce back
According to Jim Haslett, David Amerson’s struggles last year, his junior season at North Carolina State, can be traced to one bad game.
“He got surprised the first game of the year,” said Haslett. “Tennessee comes out with these two wideouts, one was a junior college transfer and he didn’t know who he was. He got beat on a double move a couple of times, had some bad body language and he struggled the first half of the season.”
In that game against the Vols, Amerson was beaten by Cordarrelle Patterson, who was a first-round pick in the draft, for 42 yards and a touchdown. Then to show that he was willing to pick on the cornerback who had led the nation in interceptions in 2011, Tennessee QB Chandler Whitmer went deep to Zach Rogers. The result was a 72-yard touchdown pass that had Amerson throwing up his arms in apparent frustration.
“I think one of the great things about it is if you are a great player, especially as a quarterback or if you are as a corner, you’re going to get beat,” said Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien. “But you have to have amnesia and forget about it and come back and play from that point on”
But from the evaluations of Haslett and others, Amerson did not have that amnesia. He let the experience against Tennessee draft him down for weeks. Haslett said that he bounced back and had a good second half of the season; others didn’t see the rebound.
In any case, in the NFL a cornerback has to have a short memory. Very short. If he gets burned on one play he has to regroup and be mentally locked in on the next snap or the next series. In any case, he can’t be in a funk for half of the season.
As a rookie corner, it is inevitable that Amerson will give up some big plays. The sooner he can learn to put such plays behind him of it the better off he and the Redskins will be.
Players looking forward to Richmond camp
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com came up with a post that all NFL writers and most fans can heartily endorse. He listed some NFL-related story lines that need to be put to bed and retired. The lead one on his list was Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend. “The story is so old and tired I figure y’all would be moved on to something else by now,” Chargers QB Phillip Rivers said.
The same can be applied to other “stories”, real or manufactured. Wesseling’s list included Tim Tebow’s religion, Terrell Owens’ quest for a job and Richard Sherman vs. Darrelle Revis. There were two Redskins-related items on the list:
» “If a beat writer turns to the triumvirate of retired quarterbacks (Joe Theismann, Joe Namath and Fran Tarkenton) for a quick quote, it's safe to ignore the ensuing balderdash.”
» Anything related to RG3’s wedding.
Again, I endorse this list and I hope everyone else does, too.
In case you missed it
Days until: Training camp starts 37; Final cuts 74; Redskins @ Cowboys 117