Upgrading the depth at right tackle ranked among the Redskins’ offseason priorities, and in addition to re-signing starter Tyler Polumbus, the team added veterans Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood, who also play right tackle.
The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Pashos and the 6-foot-8, 320-pound Trueblood find themselves in relatively similar situations.
Both are coming off of injury and have a fair amount of rust to knock off. Pashos, who began his career with Baltimore for four seasons and then played two seasons for Jacksonville, one for San Francisco and two for Cleveland, missed all of the 2012 campaign after needing offseason surgery to repair a ruptured foot tendon.
Trueblood, meanwhile, spent seven seasons with Tampa Bay. In Week 1 of the 2012 season, he lost his starting job at right tackle, and then missed the final seven games of the season with a shoulder injury.
Both players have healed completely from their injuries, and now find themselves working to learn new schemes and techniques as they compete for playing time behind Polumbus.
“It’s a process. I think a lot of people think it’s like riding a bike, but it really ain’t,” Pashos said. “You need a lot of work to get back into it, and that’s what I’m out here doing. I’m excited about the OTAs and the opportunity to do that – get back up to speed.”
Pashos played for Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster while in Baltimore, and appreciates the familiarity he has with the coach. Asked if there were drastic differences in Washington’s offensive linemen’s responsibilities and those from the other teams he played for, Pashos replied, “Yes and no. I think there’s different points with every offense – points of emphasis and ways of doing it, scheme-wise. But obviously, you’ve got to learn it, because they’ve been doing things for a while here now, and you’ve got to jump and hit the ground running.”
Trueblood didn’t play in a zone-blocking scheme while in Tampa, but said learning the Redskins’ methods haven’t been challenging.
“I know what to do mentally,” he said. “I study in there and a little bit at home. It’s the same system, but a few different techniques, I guess is what I’m trying to say, in a few different areas. But football’s football, so it’s just coming out here repping it. I haven’t played since November, so it’s been a while.”
Both players said the possibility of working as backup left tackles as well as right tackles hadn’t been discussed.
Trueblood said he wasn’t concerning himself with how the offseason and training camp competition would play out, however.
“I have no idea. I know they brought me here to play football,” he said.
Pashos said his sole focus is working his way back into form and proving himself in any opportunity he receives.
“For me, missing that year, it’s like baby steps,” he said. “It’s about getting as good as I can be each and every day, and improving on it. I think I’ve done that even this short time period, this week, and I need to grow and get back to where I used to be.”
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