Raheem Morris Pleased With David Amerson’s Progress
Though he took his lumps over the first three games, the rookie cornerback had what was likely his best performance of the season on Sunday, highlighted by an interception return.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – Defensive backs coach Raheem Morris was pleased with rookie cornerback David Amerson’s play in the Redskins’ victory over the Raiders on Sunday.
Amerson had what appeared to be his best game thus far, highlighted by a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter that trimmed the Redskins’ early deficit to four points. He undercut a pass on a crossing route from Matt Flynn and intended for Denarius Moore and beat Moore in a footrace the other way to get into the end zone.
He also made two significant mistakes – whiffing on a jam Moore in the first quarter, leading to a 34-yard reception, and then failing to touch Moore down after he fell while making a catch in the fourth quarter.
Morris said those are technique issues that will change.
“You don’t necessarily walk onto the field and become Darrelle Revis overnight,” Morris said Tuesday, referring to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Pro Bowl cornerback. “You’ve got to put time and effort and work at it, and him having success last game, having the pick-six, having the ability to come out there and play physical and do some of those things that have probably never been asked of him before, that’s the thing that I’m most proud of him about.”
Amerson played nearly every snap in two of the Redskins’ first three games with the defense spending extensive time in its nickel package. He was on the field for only 32 of 66 plays on Sunday, which limited his exposure and also likely kept him fresh.
“Whether you give up a game-winning touchdown or you give up a pick-six, you’ve got to walk out of that stadium and deal with you guys no matter what,” Morris said. “You’ve got to be a confident guy, have confidence in this game – especially at that position – and in just about everything.”