Cravens making strides in transition to safety
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.