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Need to Know: Will there be a shakeup on the Redskins’ O-line?

Jul 2, 2014, 5:00 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 2, 22 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

What are the chances that the Redskins line up in Houston on Sept. 7 with the same line that has been the first unit during OTAs and minicamp? Let’s take a look.

—The more I think about it, the more I think that Spencer Long has a decent shot at beating out Chris Chester for the starting right guard job. Although Jay Gruden dished out a few platitudes about the line that has been in place the last two seasons I don’t think he was really happy with what he saw from it. It’s difficult to see him getting the Redskins’ new beginning underway by starting four of the five members of that line. Besides the departed Will Montgomery, Chester was the weak link on the line last year. It’s easy to see Gruden going with Long, assuming that he can show he is close to Chester’s equal.

—Does tackle Morgan Moses, who was drafted before Long, have a shot at starting opening day? Although I wouldn’t rule it out I don’t think that Moses’ chances of starting are nearly as good as Long’s. Tackle is a more complex position to learn and I get the impression that Moses was drafted with the idea that he is a project, that he’ll be good but not right away. Tyler Polumbus’ experience the last two years has been the opposite of Chester’s; the tackle was better last year than he was in 2012. Still, the courting of Donald Penn showed that the Redskins would like to replace Polumbus and it’s hard to rule out them doing that sooner rather than later.

—Looking at the other potentially vulnerable holdover, what are the chances that Kory Lichtensteiger gets bumped from his center position? Gruden could pick from veteran Mike McGlynn or third-year lineman Adam Gettis if he wanted to replace Lichtensteiger in the lineup. McGlynn is the bigger player and has 48 career starts under his belt; Gettis is more athletic and could fill the position for the long term. Lichtensteiger is the safest of the three veterans discussed here but not quite a sure thing.

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Timeline

—It’s been 185 days since the Redskins played a game; in 67 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Training camp 22; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 36; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 74

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  1. babyteal1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Start the new guys please!!

    • hitmeimopen - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      With ya but not if it means RG gets more pummelling

  2. hailyeah1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    there will be changes ,Gruden wants a bigger line and the status quo isn’t it so what combo of players will it be ‘? 4 positions open there could be 4 new starters like when the hogs were formed it seems a century ago.
    who it would be is a good question. at this point its up in the air it seems

  3. kenlinkins - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    I do not think any of the O-Linemen should feel safe of making the 53 man roster other than T Williams. IMO Coach Gruden has his work cut out for himself as he tries to find the best combo of O-Linemen to start in 2014 AND which ones show long term growth to become a starter but need time to develop and act as depth now. With a QB who must improve his development this year coach Gruden can not hold up that process by using guys in 2014 who are going cause RG3 to gain bad habits again. Until the pads go on and they start hitting in preseason games it is anyone’s guess who will be the starters and back ups in 2014. IMO the names of those cut might shock a few people come Sept (like Kory L. Chester, Gettis, Hurt, LeRibus or Compton). This will be coach Gruden first real test as a head coach.

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