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McGlynn could push for starting role on Redskins’ O-line

Apr 4, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

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Two days after Jay Gruden talked about the planned lineup at the middle of the offensive line, the Redskins put another name into the mix that could continue the transformation of the offensive line.

Gruden said that the plan was to have newly-signed Shawn Lauvao play left guard and move Kory Lichtensteiger from left guard to center to replace Will Montgomery, who was released. Chris Chester would remain at right guard. But that was before last Friday’s signing.

Mike McGlynn, 29, made the Redskins his fourth NFL team in six seasons in the league when he signed on Friday. He has been a starter for the Colts the past two seasons at right guard and at center. If you believe the rankings at Pro Football Focus he was better at center than guard but he wasn’t very good at either. Two years ago McGlynn ranked 36th and dead last among guards who played at least 75 percent of their teams’ snaps and it wasn’t close. His overall grade was minus-22.7 and the next player up on the list was minus-12.1.

But the Redskins apparently don’t pay too much attention to PFF rankings. One of their first signings of the free agency period was Lauvao, who ranked 33rd among guards.

McGlynn’s contract makes it look like he’s almost assured of a roster spot but perhaps not a starter. He got a two-year deal worth $2.7 million with a $200,000 signing bonus. That bonus pretty well assures that he’ll be on the roster this year. His salary is $925,000 this year with a cap hit of $1.15 million.

That’s money doesn’t quite say “you’re our starter” but the line starters, outside of Trent Williams at left tackle and Lauvao starting at one of the guard spot, are far from being set in stone. It would not be surprising to see McGlynn push Chester and/or Montgomery Lichtensteiger.

At the very least the acquisition of McGlynn impacts 2012 draft picks Adam Gettis and Josh LeRibeus and 2011 seventh-round pick Maurice Hurt. They have seen very limited action in their time in the league and as of right now at least one of them is in danger of being released.

  1. colmac69 - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Right now u would say right guard is the most likely spot he would take…altho chester had poor yr he played pretty well in 2012…what chester will turn up?u also hope lerebius and gettis b in mix as well…will they draft lineman in few wks? A number questions await in coming months I suspect

  2. kenlinkins - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Was Montgomery resigned? I must have missed that.

    • coachemup1 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      There is no maybe. He is a instant starter. We still need at least one more legit starter to have a line. Trade the cuz for a legit RT.

      • ceetown22 - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        “Trade the cuz” – what do you mean here?

    • rfrancis - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Yeah he was picked up by the Broncos

    • ceetown22 - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      no we didn’t resign Monty… I think the article should have read that McGlynn would push Chester and/or ‘Stieger not Montgomery

  3. ajbus1 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Rich, any idea why McGlynn is listed as an OT on redskins.com? Mistake or is he gonna get a shot at RT?

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      I think that’s a mistake. He’s never played anything but G and C.

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  4. Rich Tandler - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    I’m looking at these comments with people talking about Montgomery. It took a while before I figured out that I had typed in Montgomery instead of Lichtensteiger. Sorry about that, error corrected.

    • ceetown22 - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      I liked ol’ Monty… From VA, went to Tech… and didn’t he go to the Pro Bowl recently? or he was an alternate or something? I could be wrong about that.

    • kenlinkins - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Rich: With a new coach, all the players must know that there will be major battles for starting roles in 2014 on the O-line. I have heard that coach Gurden likes to “whip” the O-line into shape in Training Camp (i.e. hard practices with lots of live fire). If true, you have reported that Gettis has been noted for “working his butt off”. IYO will this give him (or anyone else) an edge to maybe win a starting roll at OG or C? Also, any reports yet on LeRibues weight and if he looks in shape? Has he been at Redskins Park much?

  5. jaxjoe - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Rich – Wasn’t there a concern about Monty’s slow snaps a couple – three years ago heading into camp? And, I wonder if Monty ever corrected that. If I recall, his snaps were surprisingly slow even when compared to the average snap speed of an NFL center to the tune of 1/4 second slower.

    So, for example, assume his snaps were 1/4 second slower than the average center: if a decent DL can run a 40 in 5 1/2 seconds, that’s 1.82 yards in 1/4 second the DL can be into Monty’s chest deeper than the average center – before RG3 receives the ball in the exchange! Sounds extreme, so maybe it is 1/8 of a second slower. But still, that’s almost a yard (0.9 yd) deeper into Monty’s chest when compared to an AVERAGE NFL center.

    If this were true, I can see why Monty would be released. Regardless of his size, strength, skill and blocking scheme calls.

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