With free agency in the rearview and the NFL Draft fast approaching, the NBC Sports Washington Redskins crew examines the entire roster, position by position group. Today: Offensive line.
The right side of the Redskins offensive line comes with household names. Right guard Brandon Scherff got drafted in the top five and has made three Pro Bowls. Right tackle Morgan Moses has started 80 straight games, a remarkable feat and the longest on the team.
The left side of the offensive line looks, uh, quite different. Trent Williams hasn't played for Washington since 2018. That's crazy. Donald Penn started every game at left tackle in 2019, but he's not under contract and doesn't seem to be part of the 2020 plan. Ereck Flowers started every game at left guard in 2019 but he signed with the Dolphins as a free agent.
So, who is going to play? Technically Williams is still on the roster but don't expect to see him in Burgundy and Gold.
Right now that leaves some interesting options on the left side. Rookie Wes Martin performed at a decent level last year when Scherff got hurt, and he should win the left guard spot this season over veteran free-agent addition Wes Schweitzer. At left tackle the options look rough. It could be third-year pro, Geron Christian, a third-round pick in 2018 that hasn't shown much in two seasons. The team also signed veteran Cornelius Lucas, who started eight games for the Bears last year and right now looks like the leader for the blindside job.
Oh yeah, Chase Roullier looks like he keeps the center job. He's held it since he was drafted in 2017. Maybe there's a scenario where Roullier moves to left guard in Ross Pierschbacher can emerge at center, but too hard to guess at that right now.
2020 projection: Let's see what happens during the draft before making a determination. Williams needs to be traded, and once that happens, Washington could get a player back that helps on the line or enough picks to draft reinforcements.
2020 Grade: Scherff is a stud if he can stay healthy. Other than that, this looks like a B- or C+ offensive line and that's with good health and good fortune. Considering there is more work to be done and the draft hasn't happened yet, let's be generous, B-.
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