For the first time in years, much of the Washington football team’s starting lineup is established. However, there are still battles that will be determined throughout training camp and preseason.
Pro Football Focus recently listed three battles to watch for every NFC team in training camp, and listed the following battles for Washington:
- Right tackle: Samuel Cosmi vs. Cornelius Lucas
- Strong security: Kamren Curl vs. Landon Collins
- Wide Receiver # 3: Dyami Brown vs. Adam Humphries
Here is PFF’s analysis of the right tackle battle:
For about a week, it looked like Washington’s starting tackling duo had been put together after the team signed Charles Leno Jr. for the left tackle to Morgan Moses. But the release of Moses opened another battle.
According to The Athletic’s Rhiannon Walker, head coach Ron Rivera said the following about the battle: “We want (Cosmi) on the pitch, but we’ll put him on the pitch when we get him there, when he will gain this opportunity. Lucas is a guy that we take a close look at. “
It would apparently take an impressive Cosmi camp to start Lucas again, who had a career-high 78.9 PFF in addition to 600 left tackle shots for Washington last season.
Lucas was good last season on the left tackle. He had the opportunity to compete for a starting position somewhere along Washington’s offensive line in 2021. Cosmi doesn’t need to be forced into roster which is good for his development.
The high-security battle is one of the most discussed.
Seventh-round rookies aren’t expected to deliver the kind of immediate impact Curl had last season for Washington, ending the year as the 35th most valuable safety in the NFL, according to PFF’s Wins Above Replacement metric. . This created a (good) problem for the football team. They now have several candidates for the starting security position.
Collins is on a contract that pays out $ 12.5 million in guaranteed cash this season, but he’s still recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. It will be difficult for Rivera to simply return the starting position to Collins if Curl continues to prove he deserves it this offseason.
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has emphasized throughout the offseason that Collins will stay safe and is a big part of the squad’s plans for 2021. Coaches will be creative in bringing both players onto the pitch. Curl was special as a rookie last season.
So who is the WFT’s No. 3 receiver behind Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel?
When in good health, Humphries is a reliable slot option. He’s only dropped five of 149 catchable targets over the past three seasons, but his health hasn’t been as reliable as his hands. Humphries pulled off just over 600 total shots in Tennessee after signing a four-year, $ 36 million contract ahead of the 2019 season.
Brown winning the No.3 position would give Washington’s offense more flexibility to get Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin into the slot. It would also put another vertical threat on the field, with Brown coming from two straight 20-yard-per-receiving seasons in North Carolina.
Humphries is a reliable veteran. If he wins a starting position, that means you keep an extra receiver who can help in special teams. If Humphries doesn’t win the job, could he be a cut candidate?
Either way, Washington has big plans for Brown.