So much has been made of Pete Hunter
moving over to free safety, that a player we signed in the off-season who has the size, & is a proven playmaker has hardly been mentioned. Of course, the player I'm speaking of is none other than Anthony Henry
. I know what you're all thinking-spend that much money on a FS? Why not? When you look at the scheme of ANY defense, the free safety is the centerpiece. He's the guy who has the chance to play centerfield, and make a ton of plays.
Earlier in one of this year's mini-camps, Spagnola
mentioned in DC.com that Henry
looked a little stiff as a corner, and that Hunter
actually looked more like a natural CB. He's absolutely correct. Living in NE Ohio, I have the opportunity to watch the Browns
almost weekly during the season, & have followed Henry's
career since his rookie year, when he intercepted nine passes. (I have included the video.) As you can see by the video, he is a natural playmaker, with great hands.
A.H. is about the same size as Lance Schulters
, with a better health record, so why bring him in? With Henry
at FS, we could start Hunter
, with the odd man coming in to cover the slot in the nickle. It would cover the only position that is currently left open, and would give younger players like K.Davis
the chance to play special teams while working at becoming a better FS.
With Henry & Williams
manning the safety positions, & Newman and Glenn
covering the corners, we would have one of the best secondaries in the league. Of course, this all depends on if Henry
is willing, & able to play the position, which I have no doubt, with his natural athletism, he does.
Here is the clip:
02.21.02 > Season Highlights: Anthony Henry