Expected to be a starting safety for the Redskins, Brandon Meriweather has sprained his MCL and PCL during practice, re-aggravating an injury that plagued him during Training Camp, and he will miss about 2-4 weeks. Meriweather is not a great safety, even though he’s made two Pro Bowls. The Patriots cut him last offseason as a surprising final cut and the Bears took a chance on him, but ended up benching him, proving the Patriots right (happens all the time). However, Meriweather is the best the Redskins have at safety.
Starting in his absence will be Reed Doughty, who really struggled in limited action last season, grading out as ProFootballFocus’ 81st rated safety out of 84. The other starter is Madieu Williams, who barely played as a backup in San Francisco last season. In 2010 though, he was a starter in Minnesota and he was awful, grading out as ProFootballFocus’ 86th out of 87. Safety figures to be a major problem on an otherwise good defense. The Redskins have a stout front 7 and some talent at the cornerback position and will be better than people think, but they have no hope of containing Jimmy Graham when the play the Saints this week.