In Breaking Burgundy's season prediction article , I wrote that the Redskins would finish this season with an 8-8 record and end up second in the NFC East. It's too soon to change that thought. Although the Steelers took Washington to the woodshed Monday night, it would be a bit impulsive to tank them any lower right now.
As for Josh Norman shadowing receivers, I think it will depend on the matchup and defensive plan. The team trusts Bashaud Breeland but did him no favors against All-Pro WR Antonio Brown. The Carolina Panthers did move Norman around with an opposing team's top receiver occasionally last season. I think ultimately the Redskins will do that. But if I had to guess, I don't think he will shadow Dez Bryant much when Washington plays the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. However, in week three against the New York Giants, I fully expect the corner to shadow his rival Odell Beckham Jr..
After reviewing the film, I'd say your analysis is pretty much spot on in regards to Washington's safeties. David Bruton did have a nice pass break-up in the endzone and DeAngelo Hall had a big tackle against the Steelers. However, Bruton played rather poor against both the pass and run. As for Hall, Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger took advantage of him when in single high coverage. Both of Antonio Brown's touchdowns came with Hall playing in single high -- showing a lack of range and instincts.
I decided to add this question to the group because I thought it was a good one. Rookie LB Su'a Cravens stood out to me big time when watching back film. He had one big rookie mistake in coverage, but otherwise was extremely active. Cravens was projected to be a third down specialist early this season, but played a lot more on early downs week one than many expected. Cravens would come in to spell Mason Foster and honestly flashed a ton more than Foster did.
However, Foster and Will Compton have become a solid duo in the mental aspect of the game. Both guys are super smart and communicate well with the defense. I don't think Cravens is quite ready for that responsibility. But he's well on his way to potentially being a starter at that ILB position someday.
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