Treyvon Hester signed with the Redskins on Sept. 2, while T.Y. McGill joined the franchise on Sept. 10. That means the two players, come Sunday, will have been with the Burgundy and Gold for a combined total of 18 days.
Oh, and they're both in position to play for Washington in Week 2 despite just recently being added to the roster. In a very vital contest, by the way.
Because of injuries to Jonathan Allen and Caleb Brantley, Hester and McGill are slated to see the field a good amount against the Cowboys. That's far earlier than Jay Gruden would like to be seeing them debut, but the coach has no choice.
"That'll be a test," Gruden told reporters on Friday. "It's a matter of if they're out there, can they do the right things and be in the right spot? I think they can. Both smart guys, both physical guys so that's good. Good players, we're happy to get them."
In the Redskins' opener against the Eagles, Allen and Brantley both left because of their injuries, which forced Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle to see a ton of snaps. Hester and McGill at least give Greg Manusky and Jim Tomsula a few extra bodies, though it's hard to expect too much out of them even though they each have more than 25 games of experience in the league.
McGill, for one, is focused on helping however he can and will use the likes of Payne and Ioannidis to steady himself when he's out there.
"I adapt," he said. "If I need help, I might need to lean on the guy to the right of me or to the left of me. I know they know it."
Fortunately for two of the newest defenders, they're on a unit that's led by the revered Tomsula. Gruden would clearly prefer to have a healthy Allen and Brantley to deploy, but at least he has Tomsula on his staff, who'll prepare Hester and McGill as well as anyone could with this tight of a timeline.
"Tomsula will get them up to speed," Gruden said.
"I like the way he carries himself, teaches the defensive line," McGill added. "He just keeps it simple. Like they say, 'Keep it simple, stupid.'"
Unfortunately, to make this ordeal even scarier, Dallas boasts one of the NFL's best collection of offensive linemen as well as a top-three running back. There's going to be no easing into the rotation for either Hester or McGill.
Coming into 2019, the Redskins' D-line was supposed to be the best group on the team. Just one week into 2019, however, it looks completely different. And while you may not be familiar with the two additions to the depth chart yet, you certainly will be come Sunday afternoon.
Hopefully that familiarity comes because of positive reasons.
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