Redskins Stock Watch: Which Players Are Rising/Falling Through 2 Weeks of Camp
Now is the time when things start to get interesting, having gone through two weeks of camp and seen the Hall of Fame game come and go. With a little bit of live action comes a hunger for more, and not just fans but players.
Every man suiting up for practice this offseason wants to get on the field and show what he can do.
For the Washington Redskins, there is less uncertainty at the top than there once was, and now only the details remain. There's still plenty of jockeying for position going on in training camp, but two weeks is enough time to get some idea of where the important players stand, as well as how the hopefuls and new additions shake out.
Here's a look at some of the players who have seen their stock rise or fall through the first two weeks of training camp.
Stock Up: David Amerson, Cornerback
Like all rookies, David Amerson has had to take his lumps and learn from his mistakes, but what he has done in camp thus far has impressed coaches.
If you believe their first official depth chart, Amerson has the inside track at Washington's fourth cornerback spot, though his position could improve with consistent excellence throughout camp and preseason.
It is always a good sign when a young player finds a way to best a veteran, and as Rich Campbell reports, Amerson earned praise from defensive coordinator Jim Haslett for his work against Pierre Garcon during Saturday's one-on-one drills.
Stock Down: Jarvis Jenkins, Defensive End
Yet another promising career plagued by fits and starts, Jarvis Jenkins has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, as reported by the Associate Press.
This after he missed his entire rookie season after tearing his ACL, and slogging through an average season while working back from that injury.
Though he won't be missing any work with the team, he's also not going to be in rhythm until late in the season, which could lead to a disappointing season when he should be poised for his breakout year.
Stock Up: Brandon Jenkins, Outside Linebacker
Rob Jackson made a great impression last season filling in for the injured Brian Orakpo, tallying 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and a touchdown. He was in line to get a decent amount playing time, even if the coaches had to force the angry and determined Orakpo off the field.
Jackson, however, is suspended for the first four games of the season as reported by Mike Jones, leaving the door wide open for rookie Brandon Jenkins to steal some spotlight for himself.
During Saturday's practice, The Washington Post's Mark Maske observes that Jenkins notched two sacks on quarterback Pat White during a hurry-up drill for the offense.
Though there's no contact at this point in camp, being able to corral and catch a mobile quarterback like White is no small feat.
Stock Down: Brandon Meriweather, Safety
Bacarri Rambo is getting most of the snaps at starting free safety, Reed Doughty is getting most of the snaps at starting strong safety, and Phillip Thomas is getting work with the second and third units.
Brandon Meriweather, Washington's most versatile veteran, Mark Maske notes that he has seen his workload cut as a precautionary measure.
The Redskins may just be playing it safe, especially considering Meriweather's freak accident collision with Aldrick Robinson that ultimately ended his season. However, every day those rookies get to run with the top units, Meriweather loses his grasp on a starting job.
Stock Up: Kai Forbath, Kicker
There is no active kicking competition taking place during this training camp, a welcome change from seasons past, but Kai Forbath is still getting his work in with a camp challenger.
Regardless of Potter's performance, it is unlikely that Forbath will be unseated as incumbent kicker. He's consistent, and with any luck, won't be put in position to have to try kicks from more than 55 yards.
Stock Down: Adam Carriker, Defensive End
As if the Redskins needed a test of their depth so early in training camp, David Steele of Sporting News reported that Adam Carriker underwent a third surgery to repair the torn quad muscle that ended his 2012 season after just two weeks.
Carriker recorded a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2011, signed a hefty extension, but may not get the chance to play until midway through the season.
His roster spot isn't in jeopardy, but if Jenkins returns before he does, Carriker could be fighting for playing time for the rest of the season. He is currently on the PUP list, and would have to come off before the start of the season or he'll be forced to sit out the first six weeks of the season.
Stock Up: Chase Minnifield, Cornerback
Chase Minnifield is the feel good story of this training camp, after he went undrafted last season, and saw his rookie campaign erased when he landed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL.
Now that he's recovered and almost back to full speed, Minnifield can focus on impressing coaches and earning a guaranteed spot on the roster.
According to Rich Campbell of The Washington Times, Minnifield likes press coverage, and got the best of the team's top receiver, Pierre Garcon, in one-on-one drills during Saturday's practice. His success, however, largely depends on whether or not he can stay healthy.
Stock Up: Baccari Rambo
With the versatile veteran Brandon Meriweather still working back from injury, the starting free safety spot is essentially Bacarri Rambo's to lose.
It was expected that he'd eventually earn the starting job, but Rambo has been a part of almost all of the first team defensive drills.
There are no signs that Rambo's workload is just for show, or that he won't be the starter on opening day.