Redskins' Chase Minnifield Impresses During Minicamp
Chase Minnifield suffered two major knee surgeries in a span of six months but now the former UVa star is working his way back onto the field with the Redskins.
Minnifield spent his rookie season last year on injured reserve but he's a guy who has chance to make the Redskins roster and really help the team if he can just stay healthy.
Minnifield looks good making quick cuts and making the moves needed to play defensive back in the NFL. Chase Minnifield is trying to impress in Redskins minicamp.
Minnifield says, "I feel good though, I just have to get better with my technique and everything like that and I think this month after this minicamp, I'll be able to hone in on that and come into training camp feeling better than I have in a long time."
Minnifield was a star at Virginia but he went from being a potential second round NFL pick last year to going undrafted after suffering his first knee injury. Minnifield then tore his ACL on the same right knee on the last day of Redskins minicamp last year causing him to miss the season.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says, " I really like him, it was just a shame that on the last practice that we had that he had that injury because I thought he made some real good strides for his first year.. And he looks healthy now."
Redskins linebacker, Brian Orakpo says, "He looks great, he caught a huge pick today, the guy looks remarkable coming off knee surgery and that's what contributes to hard work, I've been working with Chase as well rehabbing his knee, my pec and we're just extremely ready for this opportunity."
The Redskins secondary was the team's biggest weakness last year and it would appear Minnifield could not only make the team this year, but could make an impact at defensive back if he can stay healthy.
Redskins defensive back, DeAngelo Hall says, "You throw him into the mix along with Crawford and some of these other young guys, its going to be a dogfight."
Shanahan says, " He's worked extremely hard to get himself into great shape, him coming back in the first couple days he's been very impressive there doesn't look like there's any setback or he's favoring anything once so ever. That's why I'm excited he has five more weeks to keep getting better and do what he needs to do to make our football team."
Minnifield says, "I just go out there and if I feel good, like the cards fall where they may."
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