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Washington needs Reed Doughty to step up and support the team's weak secondary. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images.
Washington needs Reed Doughty to step up and support the team's weak secondary. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images.

After selecting Reed Doughty, a safety from Northern Colorado, in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Joe Gibbs touted him as a “character guy.” Translation: he possesses only marginal athletic skills, but might just have the internal gumption to make the roster. He did just that in 2006, and has done so every year since.

Doughty is limited physically — he’s an undersized run-support safety, and struggles when isolated in coverage — but he’s managed to remain available and, as advertised, is willing to do any job. The death of Sean Taylor, myriad of injuries to LaRon Landry and last year’s suspension of Tanard Jackson, among other challenges, have left the Redskins frequently thin at safety during Doughty’s tenure. While he’s not an ideal starter, Doughty’s been a steady “Plan B” when pressed into duty — and there have been many desperate Sundays when the ‘Skins could have done far worse.