Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/27/13

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 12: Head coach Jim Haslett of the New Orleans Saints watches his team in NFL action against the Atlanta Falcons December 12, 2005 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett says a rookie safety is going to start for the Redskins this season opposite veteran Brandon Meriweather. He has his eye on two rookies taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo. Thomas (6'1, 215) was selected in the fourth round (119th overall) and Rambo (6'0, 218) in the sixth (191st). Both are relatively equal in terms of ability and either could win the starting job in training camp. “I think one of them. Yeah, I really do think one of them will be on the grass. I’m not sure which one, but one of them I think is going to have to... I think they’ll all help us. I t Haslett didn’t give much away when asked to comment on what each player could bring to the team. “He’s got great ball skills,” Haslett said, via Rich Tandler of CSN Washington. “[He] has the ability to come up with key plays, big interceptions. Both of them [Thomas and second-round CB David Amerson] led the NCAA in interceptions. Phillip’s got good size, good enough speed. The guy likes football, understands football, studies football.”  “We’re saying Rambo is a free safety and Phillip is a strong safety,” said Haslett, quickly adding that they both will need to be able to play both positions due to changes in offensive formation, motion, and other such factors.”
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