The intrigue surrounding second-round pick Su'a Cravens during these preseason games involves the college safety becoming an NFL linebacker. But, wait, there's more. Specifically, the mystery over how the Washington Redskins intend on using the ... wait, do we have a position nailed down for Cravens yet?
“I wanted to put him as an ‘H’ for hybrid," defensive coordinator Joe Barry said Tuesday, "but they didn’t let us do that."
There's no stopping the Redskins from lining up the instinct-rich Cravens all over the field. The 6-foot-1, 221-pounder is spending much of his time on the second level of the defense, learning the inside linebacker role. In the meantime, Barry and his coaching staff are devising plans with the USC product in mind.
"I think Su’a is getting more and more comfortable," Barry said. "Again, you’ve heard me say all the time with young players – you know, we talked about it with Preston [Smith] last year – it’s a lot when you’re a young player coming into a new system. I don’t care what position you play. The verbiage, the terminology, as I mentioned before with [Martrell] Spaight, the speed, it’s completely different than anything."
Barry continued: "No matter how much football that he’s played in college – and you know (Su'a) was a full-time starter all three years in college – it’s different. It’s at a different tempo, and again he was a little bit better in OTAs than he was in rookie minicamp. He’s getting better every single day since we’ve been in training camp. So, yes, I feel very comfortable and I think he’s getting more and more comfortable every single day, which is good.”
That's not just coachspeak based on what Cravens told Breaking Burgundy following Friday's win over the New York Jets.
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