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Need to Know: Are the Redskins O-line starters settled?

Jun 5, 2015, 5:20 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 5, 11 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.

Question of the day

A few days a week I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

I’ll also take your questions via email. Hit me up rich.tandler+csn@gmail.com with “NTK” in the subject line. Just keep them relatively brief, please. 

Here is the first Question of the Day to come via email. It’s from Josh:

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Thanks for the question (but please call me Rich). To answer this one we’re going to open up the imaginary casino and take $100 worth of chips to bet on who will be the starter at each position.

Left tackle—Trent Williams $95, Morgan Moses $5; Just throwing the fiver down on Moses in case Williams isn’t healthy. Health could be a concern for Williams during the season. In 2014 he was on the injury report for 10 games and he missed one start and half of another game with knee and ankle injuries. Williams likely will plough through most or all of the season but they had better be confident in Moses to back him up.

Left guard—Shawn Lauvao $90, Josh LeRibeus $10; Last year Lauvao missed the Thursday night game against the Giants with a knee injury so there are health concerns here. But despite some fan chatter, a healthy Lauvao is a lock to start Week 1.

Center—Kory Lichtensteiger $95, Austin Reiter $5; Even though Lichtensteiger isn’t the ideal size for a Gruden-Callahan offensive lineman he knows how to use angles and leverage to compensate. It looks like he’s in this year with Reiter the early favorite to slide into the middle in 2016.

Right guard—Spencer Long $85, Arie Kouandjio $15; I’m only giving Kouandjio a slightly better chance than I give the others backups due to Long’s inexperience. Williams, Lauvao, and Lichtensteiger have combined to play several thousand NFL snaps while Long has played 18. I expect him to grab the job and run with it but there is a chance that Kouandjio develops quickly and is be better player by the time Week 1 comes around. Kouandjio is a rookie, too, but the point here is that the inexperience heightens the possibility of the unexpected happening.

Right tackle—Brandon Scherff $95, Tom Compton $5; Yes, Scherff has even fewer NFL snaps than Long. But the bet here is based on the politics of the situation as much as it is the football factors. Scherff was the fifth pick in the draft and Gruden was one of his biggest advocates. There is no way that Scherff will start the season on the bench. Don’t get me wrong, I think that when all is said and done Scherff will have earned the right to start. But even if he doesn’t earn it he’ll start anyway.

Timeline

—It’s been 159 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 100 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 11; Redskins training camp starts 55; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 111

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  1. Stephfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:41 AM

    I think the starting lineup is exactly how I thought it would look

  2. troylok - Jun 5, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    I agree with this year’s starting lineup. I think it is interesting that Leribeus is getting snaps at center. I wonder if this is something they are doing to improve his versatility or it’s the last stop before the door.

    • bangkokben - Jun 5, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      Both. He’s cheap labor and has more experience – albeit limited – than the other young draft picks. If he can be the back-up center he finishes his contract here; if not he’s shown the door.

  3. bk70 - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    NTK…Are you ruling Tyler Larsen out as the BU Center? Training camp should flush it out. Reiter as see headed to the practice squad.

    • bangkokben - Jun 5, 2015 at 3:12 PM

      Teams don’t normally keep a back-up center-only on the roster. Larsen may be working also at guard but he’d have to be at least the fourth guard to keep him as the second center.

  4. Stephfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    I couldn’t have guessed it better

  5. timwillhidetimwillhide - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    I don’t think they are done making moves on the Offensive line.

    • bangkokben - Jun 5, 2015 at 3:10 PM

      The mantra continues. Why? What kind of moves? Getting rid of Tovar Allen for Willing Davis? Signing and cutting and bringing back Ty Nsekhe?

      I think the Passat is better than the Camry. I just like it better. It is more pleasing to my eye. This is my opinion and why it is my opinion. I admit it isn’t likely one that sways others to have the same opinion. Perhaps you have some reasons why you think they will make moves or are do you just like putting it out there every week? I also am not fond of small puppies.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        Why do you have a problem with everything I Post? I’ve written many times I think they will still sign a Veteran who will be released before the season starts. We are still weak at LG and Center. Veterans get cut before the season starts and I think we will sign one. It’s just my Opinion. Like when I said they should Draft Shereff at #5 or they should Draft 3 Olinemen or They should pick up RG3’s option. Just an opinion of what should happen.

        • bangkokben - Jun 6, 2015 at 9:52 AM

          You finally gave a REASON. You think the veteran LG and C are weak on this team and you think some guy out there that will be trash for another team will be treasure for us. Got it. I, of course, disagree but I got it.

          Who are your candidates or is it just the generic possible scrap heap? I know you realize that the Redskins addressed these positions in the draft but you still hold this belief. Why?

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:03 AM

          Ive written many times my reason and most times Veterans get cut during/after training Camp is because a rookie or second/third year player steps up and is a cheaper option but you have to see the young guys first. It happens every year. How bad our Oline played another teams trash is a step up from our guys. As far as the guys we just Drafted in the 3rd and 7th round do you really think they are ready to start? I don’t. Maybe the Gaurd but not the Center.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:17 AM

          I do think that with the move to more power blocking there should be more options for players to acquire after cuts. While I tend to agree with bang that the likely hood of a player with enough value will be there, power blocker are for higher in volume than zone blockers as teams trim rosters. Tim may be right in that we pick up a veteran with a few years under his belt as a backup over one of our other backups. However, as a starter replacement? Not unless it comes in a trade.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:01 PM

          Im saying we could get better Depth and possibly a starter at Guard or Center nowhere else though

        • captblood3000 - Jun 8, 2015 at 9:46 PM

          Tim and Name have it exactly backwards. Zone blocking teams can pick up offensive linemen who can’t power block but can zone block. Power blocking teams cut such linemen. Think Polumbus, Montgomery, Lichtensteiger. When you’re a power blocking team, you have no use for zone blocking linemen, cut or not.

          So you’re counting on some other team having 10 offensive linemen who are better in a power blocking scheme than the best 5 power blocking linemen the Redskins have. Or 3 centers better than Lichtensteiger. Or 4 guards better than Lauvao or Long. What team has that much offensive line talent?

          And Tim, you wanted to draft 4 offensive linemen in the 2015 draft. And the Redskins didn’t draft an offensive lineman in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft. They drafted Kouandjio (a guard, not a Gaurd) in the 4th round.

  6. vtsquirm - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    i want to know how many OL we are going to keep, 8 or 9? Reiter to PS, dump Compton if Moses is healthy?

    • bangkokben - Jun 5, 2015 at 2:32 PM

      My guess is nine. We kept nine last year plus they’re youth/inexperience. We will probably keep all our drafted o-linemen (LeRibs 2012-3rd, Moses 2014-3rd, Compton 2012-6th, Kouandjio 2015-4th, Reiter 2015-7th (practice squad) not to mention Long 2014-3rd and Scherff 2015-1st as starters.

  7. mr.moneylover - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    I like spencer long aggressive mindset…hes still battling to start at that right guard postion…but I do think arie kouandjio will be put in on goal line situation because of his size and the way he can put two players on they back when running the ball…next press conference somebody need to ask who is perry Riley competition or will they just give Perry riley the job witch is a failure if they do

  8. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    I’ll wager $20 Josh LeRibeus is retained as a backup center/guard while Austin Reiter is at best headed to the practice squad.

    I also wager $30 that if Shawn Lauvao is still the starter at LG he’ll be our weak spot that most likely won’t hold that starting position all season. He was not well regarded at Cleveland and is will not be a valued starter for this team.

  9. Jeffrey - Jun 6, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    I know this has nothing to do with this but I just realized that Brian Orakpo may have been our curse think since he came in 09 our team really went downhill but in 12 when he was out the whole season we make the playoffs now he’s gone n we get Scotty my man whose been great in FA n the draft I don’t think Ryan Kerrigans surgery is his blessing in disguise its Raks falling out so good riddance never deserved that kind of money you don’t have to prove yourself yeah right for that kind of money he wanted wasn’t worth it

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