Cravens mak­ing strides in tran­si­tion to safety

The Washington Post Sunday - - REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP - Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/ in­sider

Sec­ond-year pro (but first-year safety) Su’a Cravens had prob­a­bly his best prac­tice of camp Satur­day, dis­play­ing good in­stincts, aware­ness and bal­ance in his play.

It’s at times dif­fi­cult to eval­u­ate safeties when you don’t know what their ex­act re­spon­si­bil­i­ties en­tail or when they’re sup­posed to hold up in prac­tice rather than de­liver big hits. But on Satur­day, Cravens seemed to be around the ball with greater fre­quency.

Three times, he po­si­tioned him­self to hit Ver­non Davis right as a pass from Kirk Cousins got to the tight end. Had he not held up, Cravens likely would have bro­ken up those passes.

Later, he made a div­ing at­tempt at an in­ter­cep­tion, get­ting both hands on the ball and forc­ing another in­com­plete pass.

Cravens, who this year con­verted from line­backer to safety, said he is be­com­ing more com­fort­able and con­fi­dent on the field. Defensive co­or­di­na­tor Greg Manusky and free safety D.J. Swearinger both say they see growth in Cravens. His ath­leti­cism suits him well for the po­si­tion.

The main thing coaches have Cravens work on (and Swearinger is help­ing with) in­volves trust­ing his eyes more to prop­erly di­ag­nose what he sees, while not get­ting fooled by mis­di­rec­tion, and prop­erly ex­e­cut­ing.

Cravens knows he has work to do but is en­cour­aged, as are Manusky and Swearinger.

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