Honestly, I don’t know whether Harrison Smith is a free safety or strong safety. In our defensive scheme, I have heard that the positions are interchangeable, so maybe it’s better to just call it Safety #2. Harrison obviously has the #1 spot locked down, but there is definitely going to be an interesting battle for the spot next to him among the other safeties on the team.
Mistral Raymond started out 2012 as the starter in his second year in the league. While young and inexperienced, he was showing promise until an injury sidelined him. Jamarca Sanford stepped in to replace Raymond and the special teams standout performed so well that the job became his to keep even after Raymond healed from his injury.
Sanford performed well enough to earn a new 2-year contract, worth $5 million. This number makes a strong argument that the team believes he will be the starter for the next two years, but the competition should still be strong.
Perhaps the least likely player to earn the starting spot, Robert Blanton is still going to be taking part in this competition as well. Drafted in the same year, and from the same college as Harrison, Blanton spent his first year transitioning from his college position of CB to Safety with the Vikings. Now after a year in the league, Blanton should be ready to show he has what it takes to move up the depth chart.
Other safeties currently on the roster include 3rd year player Andrew Sandejo, and rookies Brandon Bishop and Darius Eubanks. So who do you think will win the starting spot heading into game 1 in Detroit? Vote below!