Over the next few weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ depth chart now that the team’s offseason program has concluded.
Some battles are straightforward. Others could get complicated. This much, however, cannot be debated: A player is not on the 53-man roster until its finalized Sept. 5.
So who’s in? And who’s in jeopardy? Up today …
Position: Right guard
On the roster: Spencer Long, Arie Kouandjio
Likely to make the 53: Long, Kouandjio
Comment: Long was elevated to the top of the depth chart when the team released Chris Chester, who had played nearly every snap at right guard since coming to the Redskins as a free agent in 2011. He will be seeing his first extended NFL action when the Redskins face the Dolphins in Week 1. Oh, and for much of the game he’ll be lined up against Miami’s big and expensive free agent acquisition, Ndamukong Suh. That will be quite a welcome to the NFL and we will see what he is made of early.
Offensive line coach Bill Callahan thinks he has what it takes. “He was a third-round pick, he shows the potential to play that position,” said Callahan. “Coming out he was a very mobile, strong, athletic-type guard so putting him into that position and trying to elevate his skill level is challenging for all of us.”
Kouandjio was picked in the fourth round in May. He has a lot of rough edges to work out but the organization believes that he will work to improve his game. “Kouandjio is a detailed guy,” said Jay Gruden. “He loves football, man. He practices hard. He wants to hear every ounce of criticism, every ounce of coaching that he can get and he tries to translate that onto the next rep.”
The bottom line here is that the Redskins are very light in experience here but sometimes that happens when changes are made. Right guard is an area where it is not uncommon for inexperienced players to come in and succeed so the team just has to hope it has the right guys.
Battling for a job: None
Comment: The Redskins do not have any “camp fodder” type guards on the roster at this point. It looks like the plan is to give some guard snaps to backup centers Tyler Larsen and Austin Reiter to give them some position flexibility. Such a plan can work fine but the Redskins may scramble to find replacements if injuries strike.
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