Can the Redskins count on Meriweather?

Can the Redskins count on Meriweather?
August 16, 2013, 10:15 am
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Brandon Meriweather: 'I'm still a little rusty'

RICHMOND—Brandon Meriweather is the X factor for the Washington Redskins on the defensive side of the ball.

He played a little over a half last year but he made quite an impression in that Week 11 game against the Eagles.

“He didn’t play a lot the year before, and he only played 45 snaps last year,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “In 45 snaps he had 8 tackles [and] an interception. You know, he’s done pretty good, so he’s one of the key guys we’ve got to get healthy, and we’d like to have him out there.”

All most Redskins fans know of Meriweather is last year and based on that it would be easy to hit him with the “injury prone” tag. A preseason knee injury was almost healed until he aggravated it just before the season opener. He was ready to go in Week 4 but a fluke collision with receiver Aldrick Robinson during pregame warmups set him back again. Then his Week 11 debut was cut short when he tore his ACL in the third quarter.

Haslett alluded to Meriweather missing time in 2011. And he did miss five games while with the Bears that year. But he was a healthy scratch in those games as Chicago discovered that he was not a good fit in their Cover 2 defensive scheme.

In fact, it’s just not accurate to say that Meriweather has not been able to stay on the field. Prior to going to the Bears in 2011 he did not miss a game in his first four years with the Patriots.

Sometimes when a player has an injury-riddled year after having established a track record for being healthy it turns out just to be a hiccup. But sometimes the injury issues stick around and the player’s career starts to slide downhill.

Meriweather is 29 so he is at an age where there has to be concern about the downhill course. We will see if he can avoid that.