LANDOVER — Troy Apke has had an uneven season. After an impressive training camp in which he beat out veteran Sean Davis to be Washington’s starting free safety, Apke was benched midway through Week 5’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams
Now, six weeks later, Apke is getting another start.
With Deshazor Everett out of Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with an ankle sprain, Apke get a shot. Apke struggled mightily to start the year, missing a number of tackles and being routinely late in coverage.
But coach Ron Rivera said he thinks Apke, a 2018 fourth-round pick out of Penn State, has worked hard behind the scenes to earn a second opportunity.
“He’s still a young guy,” Rivera said Friday. “He hasn’t played a lot of football. He’s playing some and doing a good job. You do see some growth and, obviously, now a chance to see him grow some more.”
Washington’s safety spot has undergone a lot of changes this season with Landon Collins suffering a season-ending Achilles injury and the swap at free safety.
If Apke struggles, Washington could turn to Jeremy Reaves or Cole Luke. The team signed Luke off its practice squad Saturday to a two-year deal.
Here’s the full list of inactives for Washington:
- Safety Deshazor Everett (ankle)
- Tackle Cornelius Lucas (ankle)
- Defensive end Ryan Anderson (knee)
- Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (hamstring)
- Wide receiver Jeff Badet
With Lucas out, tackle Morgan Moses is expected to start at left tackle.
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