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20 questions in 20 days: 18 Can Meriweather plug the hole at safety?

20 questions in 20 days: 18 Can Meriweather plug the hole at safety?

As we count down to the firstgame of the Redskins season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to belooking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to lookinto their crystal balls and answer them. Question 18: Can Brandon Meriweather get the job done at strongsafety?The background: Just over a year ago, it looked like Meriweatherwas a star on the rise. At age 27 he was coming off of back-to-back Pro Bowlappearances with the Patriots. But Bill Belichick decided that he wasnt in theteams plans and he was released at the end of training camp. The Bears pickedhim up, started him for four games and then benched him. They let him go thisspring and the Redskins became his third NFL team in the past calendar year.Can two teams trash become the third teams treasure?Tandler: The Redskins say that Meriweather was not a fit inChicagos Cover 2 defensive scheme and that his skills are better suited totheir defense. Observation of Meriweather during practice indicates that theRedskins may be right. He is much more comfortable lining up close to the lineof scrimmage and moving forward at the snap rather than staying back and movinglaterally or backwards. The key will be keeping Meriweather in his comfortzone. They will best utilize him by having him blitz, play the short zone, or setthe edge in run defense. If they rely on him to be the last line of defenseagainst deep passes very often, they are asking for trouble. Meriweather can bea solid player if he used in the right role in the right situations.El-Bashir: In limited action this preseason, it can be argued thatMeriweathers been the Redskins most active defensive back. Having playedroughly two quarters, hes been in on five tackles and defended a pass. Butthere are legitimate concerns about his health after he suffered a left kneeinjury Saturday in Chicago that neither the team nor the player has beenforthcoming about. Weve been told that surgery is not required and he wontsuit up the remainder of this preseason. But when will he return? UntilMeriweather shows hes 100-percent recovered, it might be wise to reservejudgment on the impact hell have this season, particularly early. But amiduncertainty, we do know this much: given the Redskins struggles last season atsafety, theres only direction it can go in 2012.20 questions in 20 days20 Aug.20WillJammal Brown play this year?
19 YesterdayWillChris Cooley make the team?
18 TodayCan Brandon Meriweather get he job done at safety?
17 TomorrowIs Garon a No. 1 receiver?

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Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.

Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile. 

While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football. 

Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.  

Related: Kirk Cousins got some tips from an 85-year-old woman

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Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.

"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.

Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.

"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."

The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs. 

"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."

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