Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 6, 36 days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

Flexible safeties

One of the points of interest at the Redskins’ rookie minicamp that concluded yesterday was the play of the team’s two rookie safeties. Phillip Thomas, drafted in the fourth round, and Bacarri Rambo, taken in the sixth,

During Sunday’s session, the only one to which the media was invited, Thomas and Rambo were seen lining up in both safety spots splitting the time fairly equally in a limited number of snaps. However, in speaking with Rambo after practice he said that over the three-day camp he played much more strong than free.

When asked about Thomas and Rambo playing strong vs. free, Mike Shanahan said the following:

Any time you have the motions and the shifts and the tight ends with the type of talent they have nowadays, you’ve got to be able to play both positions. And the good part about them, they’ve got the size and the athletic ability to play both positions. I think everybody knows what type of receiving skills they have and their ability to make plays, but I’ve seen enough on them on film I think both of them could do a great job at the strong safety position as well as the free safety position. That’s what you’re looking for when you draft them and hopefully that plays out that way.”

On the night he was drafted Rambo said he could play either safety position but he said, “I think I'm more of a free safety.”

It seems that the message from Shanahan to Rambo was that the rookie would need to learn both safety positions. Rambo might be better at one than at the other but he needs to know both positions and be capable of playing them.

This doesn’t mean that Rambo is likely to be the starting strong safety this year or next. But it does mean that he’ll know how to play it if necessary.