The “Sheriff” Brandon Scherff is back, but there may be new faces for the Washington Redskins. Who comes out on top as the starter might surprise you in a couple of spots. Here’s what to expect, and my prediction on the 2020 Washington Redskins’ offensive line.
Right Guard: Scherff of the Town
The Redskins and three-time Pro Bowler Brandon Scherff wanted to reach a long-term deal, but couldn’t find a middle ground leading to the signing of his franchise tender of $15.03 million this season. Scherff’s 2019 return hit a bump in the road when he suffered an ankle sprain week three against the Bears. The injury kept him out until week six vs. the Dolphins, leading to the team’s first victory. Scherff suffered an elbow and shoulder injury vs. the Packers, resulting in a trip back to the IR. He missed the remaining two games of the season while receiving an invite to his third Pro Bowl.
On December 19th, Scherff decided to have surgery to prepare his tore labrum to give him time to be ready to report to training camp. Scherff looks to strengthen his resume this season, heading into contract talks again next season.
Left Tackle: Life After Trent?
As the Trent saga continues, it looks improbable that the seven-time Pro Bowler will be returning for the Redskins. This situation is worthy of an article of its own, but let’s focus on what the left tackle spot could look like next season. Many would believe that the Redskins would look to the NFL Draft to fill this void, but don’t be surprised if a recent Free Agent signing ends up as the starter. I spoke with Redskins Insider Lake Lewis Jr recently, and he gave his prediction saying:
“I think (Cornelius) Lucas has a legitimate shot at starting……I actually have him on my end as the starting left tackle, I really do”Washington Redskins’ Insider Lake Lewis Jr on The Burgundy Network Podcast
After going undrafted in 2014, Cornelius Lucas bounced around with a couple of teams before landing in Chicago. He saw an increase in playing time, seeing the field in all 16 games in 2019. The Redskins signed the 6′ 8″ 327lb tackle to compete for a starting role at training camp with Geron Christian. The window still might be open to drafting another tackle as well, leading to a possible completion at training camp.
Right Tackle: Moses Poised for Big Season
Many were critical of Moses’ play during the 2019 season, but there was a lot that we didn’t know that should have us second-guessing our assessment. Lake Lewis Jr brought some light to the situation on my podcast recently saying:
“A lot of people don’t realize this but Morgan has been playing on two bad ankles for two years. The training staff at the time dropped the ball on that. He was supposed to have ankle surgery on both ankles two seasons ago, they told him not to, they told him to have one per season and he’s done that the past two seasons. This would be the first season going in three seasons where he would be healthy.”Washington Redskins’ Insider Lake Lewis Jr on The Burgundy Network Podcast
Morgan Moses expects to step up this season and solidify the right tackle starting spot as his own. Regardless of who starts at quarterback, Moses needs to be a reliable piece for the Washington Redskins offensive line.
Center: Rollin’ with Roullier
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 Draft, Chase Roullier wasted no time seeing the field as a rookie. He played in 13 games and even started seven at center. He was able to exceed expectations enough to earn him the starting center position in 2018 with the departure of Spencer Long. The Redskins seem to feel comfortable with Roullier as the starter.
They added Ross Pierschbacher in the fifth round of the 2019 Draft to add depth and insurance. Ross played many positions for Alabama and can provide depth at guard as well. There’s still a possibility that the Redskins draft another late-round center that may turn out to be quality selection like Roullier was, while Pierschbacher plays a depth role across the line.
Left Guard: Wes is More
With the injuries to Scherff last year, 23-year-old Wes Martin didn’t shy away from coming in and showing he belonged. The 2019 fourth-round pick played in nine games of his rookie season, starting in five of them. He impressed the coaching staff enough for them to let Ereck Flowers walk in free agency. Martin seems to be the starter at left guard, but there’s a new Wes that isn’t afraid to battle for the starting position.
The Redskins signed guard Wes Schweitzer from the Falcons to add depth and possibly start. Wes was drafted by the Falcons in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft and started for the entire 2017 season. In 2018 he was demoted to backup but started again due to injuries for the remaining 13 games of the season.
Left Tackle: I believe the Redskins will draft a left tackle to compete with Cornelius Lucas in training camp for the starting position.
Left Guard: In my opinion, this is Wes Martin’s job to lose, but Wes Schweitzer is hungry to be a starter again.
Center: Chase Roullier holds down the position and shows growth with the offense.
Right Guard: Brandon Scherff is the leader on the Washington Redskins’ offensive line and shows that he is worth the long term contract, reaching a deal in the 2020 offseason.
Right Tackle: Morgan Moses comes back from his injuries strong and solidifies his position once again.
There will be plenty to watch come training camp to see who wins specific competitions. Don’t be surprised if we see new faces on the Washington Redskins’ offensive line this upcoming season. The Redskins will need people to step up to have any chance at improving on offense.
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