With the Redskins cap penalty preventing huge free agent moves, the team is forced to lean more heavily on their in-house guys and develop their young talent. In these segments, I will be taking a look at the players who have a chance and the opportunity to make an impact on the team this season.
To the people who are worried about the Washington Redskins Defensive Secondary going into the 2013 season, have no fear Jordan Bernstine is here!
Jordan who?!? Who the heck is Jordan Bernstine? And how in the world is a player I haven’t even heard about going to help a suspect defensive backs group for the Redskins?
Well you better get used to hearing his name because if this guy keeps healthy he is ready to make a serious impact in the secondary in 2013.
Jordan was drafted out of Iowa in the 7th round by the Redskins in last years NFL Draft. Because of his explosive speed and hard hitting ways he became a standout in last years training camp both on the defensive side of the ball and as a return guy for the special teams unit, and was flying up the depth charts literally. Coaches, including Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris, were referring to Jordan as the next Bob Sanders.
He had a great pre-season in 2012 and made the final 53 man roster, he even managed to snag an interception in the last pre-season game. Coaches were certain they had a good looking young backup safety going into the season, but in the season opener against New Orleans the disastrous injury bug hit. He took a bad angle on a special teams play and ended up tearing his ACL, MCL & PCL and was forced to have season ending knee surgery.
Normally this is where the story would end. Promising young player makes it to the NFL shows amazing potential, makes the team, gets hurt the first game of the year and no one hears from him again. Not this time. The Redskins are on the final year of a 36 million dollar cap penalty put on them by the NFL. This meant that the Redskins training staff took Jordan’s injury seriously and worked with him non stop to get him back to 100% for the upcoming 2013 season knowing that the Redskins would need as much depth as possible at that position.
The result? Mr. Bernstine got healthy and was already back to running on the field close to that 4.43 forty speed he showed in last years combine. He also got a full year of NFL coaching sitting in on video sessions with coaches and getting a full dose of what it is to prepare yourself week in and week out. He is young, hungry, healthy and most importantly prepared to make an impact in 2013.