https://pigskinnut.com Crazy About Football Sat, 23 May 2020 19:07:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5 https://i0.wp.com/pigskinnut.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/cropped-PSN-Helmet-ONLY-site-use-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Saahdiq Charles – PigSkinNut Football https://pigskinnut.com 32 32 159110224 What to expect from the 2020 Redskins Offensive Line https://pigskinnut.com/what-to-expect-from-the-2020-redskins-offensive-line/ Sat, 23 May 2020 19:06:59 +0000 https://pigskinnut.com/?p=11381 Today’s breakdown of the Redskins 2020 offensive line comes with a little story of how we got to this point. The Redskins offseason saw big changes in personnel, coaching staff, and front office. Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden, and LT Trent Williams are gone. And with the bad blood still present in the offseason, it was [...]

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]]> Today’s breakdown of the Redskins 2020 offensive line comes with a little story of how we got to this point. The Redskins offseason saw big changes in personnel, coaching staff, and front office. Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden, and LT Trent Williams are gone. And with the bad blood still present in the offseason, it was time to find him a new home.

Trent Williams was the best offensive lineman on the Redskins in the last decade, so you would think he would forever be wearing the burgundy and gold. Traded to the 49ers, the Redskins didn’t have a complete answer to the big hole on the left side of the line. Here is the breakdown of the Redskins offensive line in 2020 by positions.

Offensive tackles: Paul Adams, Saahdiq Charles, Geron Christian, Sr., Cornelius Lucas, Morgan Moses, Timon Parris

With Williams Out, the LT position remains up for grabs. The Redskins signed veteran OL Cornelius Lucas in March. Here is why I think Lucas will lock that left tackle position. Lucas was with the Bears and a few other franchises in his 7-year career. In the game against the Redskins in 2019, Lucas got the call to start due to injury. Lucas never looked back, becoming the Bears’ most improved player, starting six games at RT and two games at LT. Another key trait is the versatility of Lucas being able to play both sides of the offensive line. He is also 6’8, one of the tallest players in the NFL. Lucas isn’t just a big body; he is a big body with some speed off the snap. Could be the starter when the season begins.

The Redskins then drafted T Saahdiq Charles. I thought this was a major steal considering when drafted (Round 4). He was projected at Round 2 but had some off the field issues during his college career. This kid is nasty on the line and will compete for the starting position as well. It brings heavy competition to fill the void after parting ways with arguably the best offensive tackle in the league. With Moses most likely starting on the right side, Charles will try to battle for the starting position.

The other tackles are just fill-ins for a down maybe 2 to help Moses Lucas and Charles catch their breath.

The LT position is still up in the air, but the level of competition with the guys they have looks pretty good. Let’s face it, none of these guys can easily replace Trent Williams.

As for other free agents, they will be add-ons, but I doubt any of these guys – Demar Dotson, Cordy Glenn, Kelvin Beachum, Marshall Newhouse – or the former Redskins OT Donald Penn, will be a better upgrade from Moses, Lucas, or Charles. However, these possible candidates have the starting experience and given just how challenging the tackle situation is; I would expect one of them to be on the roster at some point this offseason.

Interior linemen: Keith Ismael, Ross Pierschbacher, Chase Roullier, Michael Liedtke, Wes Martin, Brandon Scherff, Wes Schweitzer, Jeremy Vujnovich

Whew, this had me a little more interested and excited to see how the interior force will shape this coming season. At the guard position, you have the star Brandon Scherff on the right interior that’s already locked in. That’s without a doubt unless something happens that says otherwise. That left side guard position is where the battle starts for the starting position.

Wes Martin is the first starter on the left side and has proven to step up since his transition from center to guard. It is HIS job to lose. HC Ron Rivera signed guards Mike Liedtke, Jeremy Vujnovich, and Wes Schweitzer to add to the competition. Liedtke is from Germany, but is massive and has good footwork, but he is at the bottom of this competition. He might be a body for competition or fill-in. Schweitzer and Vujnovich have starting experience; both are versatile at guard and center. Competition is heavy, so it’s exciting considering having to use centers as guards in the last few seasons due to injury reasons. I’m just glad we finally have DEPTH.

At the center position, I am sure Chase Roullier takes charge of that position, but Ross Pierschbacher can come in and take the job. He has transitioned well into the position after switching from guard to center. Then you have the 2020 draftee Keith Ismael who can easily win the starting center position. It is only Chase’s job to lose.

With all the depth the Redskins have on the offensive line in 2020, there is room for more competition. The only job that is safe is Scherff. The others will have to prove that they are worthy.

Check an article by Austin Smith with details on Redskins picks and Draft Grade right here.

For more detailed info on all of the Redskins FA Signings and contracts, check here at SpoTrac.

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