A day after announcing Torrian Gray as their new defensive backs coach, the Washington Redskins hired James Rowe as his assistant.
Rowe spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Division II’s Valdosta State in Valdosta, Ga. Rowe played three years at the University of South Florida, graduating in 2009.
He served as a graduate assistant cornerbacks coach at Jacksonville University in 2012 before getting to promoted to assistant wide receivers coach in 2013 and then defensive coordinator in 2014.
Rowe worked as a graduate assistant at Florida in 2015 before joining Valdosta State’s staff last season.
In 2016, Rowe’s defense led Division II football with 27 interceptions.
The Redskins are expected to field a secondary that features returning starting cornerbacks Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland, as well as promising youngsters Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar and Dashaun Phillips. Uncertainty looms over the safety position, where 2016 second-round pick Su’a Cravens is expected to move from inside linebacker to strong safety, joining a position group that features veterans DeAngelo Hall, Will Blackmon and Deshazor Everett. The Redskins also could look to add another safety or two through the draft and/or free agency.
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