For the first time in 10 years the Redskins will go into training camp with the right side of the offensive line set.
In 2006, Jon Jansen was a borderline Pro Bowler at right tackle and Randy Thomas was a quality player at right guard. But age and injury caught up with both of them and ever since then the team has settled for mediocre players at either guard or tackle or, usually, both.
But now the right side is not only settled, it could be a strength of the offense for some time to come. Early in training camp last year the coaches moved first-round draft pick Brandon Scherff from right tackle to right guard and inserted second-year player Morgan Moses in Scherff’s old spot.
Scherff and Moses started 16 games and while both looked like first-year starters from time to time both of them looked very much like keepers.
This year the talk is of the two players taking the next steps. Expectations are that Scherff, who was the No. 5 overall pick in last year’s draft, should become an All-Pro caliber player. Moses also has the potential to become one of the best in the game at his position.
“They continue to progress mentally,” said head coach Jay Gruden. “[They] continue to gain confidence over the situations and the looks and the fronts and the movement, and they're doing that. They’re getting better. They're an excellent [pair] of young prospects to have in this building. Both are big, strong physical players. They both love football and they both work extremely hard.”
Gruden also mentioned that the two players have been working hard in the weight room. In particular, Moses looks bigger and a look at the team roster bears that out. Although the weights listed on team issued rosters should be taken with a grain of salt, Moses was 318 pounds last year and he currently weighs in at 335. Scherff has gone from 319 to 323.
Bigger isn’t always better but the Redskins could be shifting to more of a power running attack and the extra pounds should help the two of them.
“Those are two guys that we’re very excited about and we feel good about with our right side of the line for many years to come,” said offensive coordinator Sean McVay.
Although Moses is under contract for two more years and Scherff is under team control for the next four seasons, Redskins fans know better than to look too far into the future. Just getting through the 2016 season with another year of quality play from the right side of the line would be something to celebrate.