ASHBURN -- The Washington Redskins intend on using linebacker Su'a Cravens at safety next season, multiple sources tell Breaking Burgundy.
Cravens played safety at USC, but switched to a nickel/rover linebacker role upon joining the Redskins despite. Washington selected Cravens in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Internal discussions have taken place with members of the Redskins organization about the position change for next season.
"Look for him to be your starting safety next year," a league source told Breaking Burgundy.
Washington's long-running issues at safeties have continued this season due in part to injuries and suspect attempts at having veteran cornerbacks switch positions.
At 6-foot-1, 221 pounds, the California native's size is in line with defensive backs, though other NFL teams have used players with similar measurables as a hybrid linebacker/safety.
Cravens impressed on the field with his instincts and tackling. However, he missed two games earlier this season with a concussion and sat out the Week 15 loss to Carolina with a elbow injury suffered Dec. 11 at Philadelphia.
“I think if we were to make a position switch, it would be because we think [Cravens] would be better at that position – not be because of the injuries," coach Jay Gruden said recently. "I think there’s fluky-type things. This thing is just a little bicep bruise or whatever you want to call it. We’re not concerned about his longevity whatsoever, but if we did make that switch, it would be because we think he would be really good at the other position.”
Cravens did not participate in Thursday's practice as the Redskins prepped for Saturday's game at Chicago. He was observed by reporters watching the defensive backs rather than linebackers during the portion of practice open to the media.
Would this be confirmation of a move to safety by Su'a Cravens himself?