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Cornerback David Amerson started nine games as a rookie in 2013 because the Redskins opened all of those games in a nickel alignment. However Washington didn't try to re-sign Josh Wilson during the offseason, opting to promote last year's second-round draft choice to the starting lineup opposite three-time Pro Bowl pick DeAngelo Hall.

"I think I grew a lot as a player (as a rookie)," said Amerson, who led the nation with 13 interceptions as an N.C. State sophomore in 2011 but picked off just two balls in 2013.

"Going into my second year, I feel very comfortable. I got my feet wet a lot last year. I'm out there kinda in my groove. I've kinda got my swagger a little bit. I feel good about it. I feel it's going to be a good year for me. You can see the difference on my play, my confidence, my fundamentals, everything. If I do lose my job, I'll be 100 percent effort. If a guy takes my position, all hats go down to that guy."

Hall said that Amerson has been the perfect protege.

"He's doing everything I asked him to do as far as getting ready for the season," said Hall, a 10-year veteran who was slowed by a minor injury during minicamp but at age 30 has started every regular-season game the past four of his six total seasons with the Redskins.

"He hit the offseason program hard. He's out here every day working, being competitive, trying to get better. Playing (so much) as a rookie gave him a lot of confidence (after) taking some lumps. He has the total package. Any time you're a 6-1 corner who can run, has great ball skills and get up there and pressure at the line of scrimmage. If he can work on his technique out here and become fundamentally sound, there's no reason he can't track No. 1 guys all game. I expect him to have a breakout year."
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