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David Bruton Jr. Came To Washington To Play Every Down


During the first media session of Redskins OTAs, David Bruton Jr. made it clear that he's not going to be just a special teams player in Washington.

The Redskins safety group is one of the deepest on the roster, featuring the likes of DeAngelo Hall, Will Blackmon and Duke Ihenacho.

Adding to that list is longtime Denver Broncos safety David Bruton Jr. The eight year veteran spent most of his playing time in Denver on special teams, where Bruton Jr. was the captain, and although he has a lot of experience there, he's gunning for a new role in Washington.

"I did not come here to be mediocre. I came here to be great," Bruton Jr. said. "I didn't leave a place where I have been comfortable just to be a special teams guy. My goal is to play every down and to make plays every chance I get."

It is clear the product of Notre Dame wants to make plays in both areas of the game, but realizes there may be difficulties early on considering the depth at his position. Despite this fact, Bruton Jr. believes "competition breeds greatness." It's something he has plenty of experience with in Denver.

"Competition has always been part of it," Bruton Jr. said. "Heck, I have been part of two draft classes where [Denver] drafted safeties and I've always survived, so I am here to play."

When asked about a guy like Su'a Cravens, a second round selection, who may move to safety, Bruton Jr. believes he can help any inexperienced rookie transition to the NFL.

"I am not going to short-change a young guy if he has a lot of questions. Me helping him helps me as well," Bruton Jr. said. "I just want to do whatever it takes to help the team."

To help the organization succeed, Bruton Jr. wants the Redskins' secondary to have similar qualities as the Broncos' last year, where guys would "constantly be in their playbooks…being in extra meetings." Bruton Jr. believes he is bringing that here to Washington.

Check out images from the Washington Redskins' defense and special teams during their third day of OTAs at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

"We are going to learn this playbook," Bruton Jr. said of his defensive backs. "We have a lot of guys who have changed from corner to safety, so there are a lot of different moving pieces. We are just trying to build something where we are all on the same page no matter the personnel. If we have knowledge of the playbook, we get to just go out there and react, play fast and have fun.

With OTAs underway, Bruton Jr. lined up next to Hall as the two took first-team reps. We will not know until training camp, but it seems Bruton Jr.'s first goal of the offseason may be achieved as he looks to be the most likely candidate for the starting free safety job in Washington.

It may be too early to tell, but what does the potential starting safety for the Washington Redskins want the fans to know about him?

"They need to know that I am a guy who is going to lay it out on the line," the safety said. "Out there in Denver I played with a broken leg throughout a whole game against Pittsburgh, so there's nothing that is going to deter me from playing. I also give back to the community with my foundation Bruton's Books, geared toward childhood literacy. I had one in Denver, I have one in my home-state of Ohio and I plan on having one here soon. I just want to impact kids in a different way, not just athletically. I feel young kids not only need to learn to read, but also need to read to learn."




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