Veteran cover guy David Amerson is being given a chance by the Arizona Cardinals to turn his once-promising career around
One of these days, the Arizona Cardinals are going to conquer the problem. The club’s search for a pernanent solution to their number-two cornerback dilemma continues. Yet another candidate for the position has made his way to the desert.
David Amerson, a former draft pick of the Washington Redskins, is being given a fresh opportunity with the Cardinals. The second-round selection came to the NFL in 2013, racking up impressive numbers as a rookie. Amerson started eight games that season for Washington, contributing 48 tackles, two picks and 10 passes defensed.
A year later, in 2014, the North Carolina State University product’s statistics dipped a bit. Amerson amassed 61 tackles and seven pass breakups, but failed to tally a single interception. By 2015, the third-year veteran had apparently worn out his welcome, and the Redskins sent him on his way.
Amerson landed with the Oakland Raiders, and proceeded to prove that Washington may have made a hasty decision by letting him go. The 6’1, 205 pounder set a franchise record with the Silver and Black, swatting away a mind-boggling 25 passes in 2015. Amerson added four interceptions and 58 tackles as well, bringing broad smiles to the faces of the Raiders’ front office.
The impressive play continued in 2016. Amerson registered 64 tackles,16 pass breakups and two picks during his second campaign with Oakland. It was in 2017, however, that things began to take a turn for the worse.
A foot injury suffered in week seven of ’17 was the beginning of Amerson’s career nosedive. New head coach Jon Gruden, hired in January of 2018, immediately started to reshape the Raiders’ roster. Amerson’s stint with the organization officially came to an end on February 5th, when he was given his outright release.
Just one day later, the Kansas City Chiefs came calling. Unfortunately, an unimpressive preseason performance by Amerson left him unemployed once again. The Chiefs parted ways with the 26-year old on September 1st, just days before the season opener.
Now, two months later, Amerson is getting another chance with the Cards. The team’s management and coaching staff would love nothing better than to see the 2015 version of the player re-emerge. With a little luck, Amerson will turn out to be the number-two cornerback that Arizona has been searching high and low for.