Left tackle Trent Williams has decided to take a wait-and-see approach to how things will play out with the Redskins’ offensive line, but admits to having a level of excitement and curiosity about its future.
Upgrading the line has ranked among the Redskins’ offseason priorities. The unit last season did well in run-blocking. But many of the linemen struggled in pass protection. And so, the Redskins this spring have made a series of moves designed to improve the quality and depth of that unit.
The Redskins released center Will Montgomery after he struggled through the 2013 campaign. They moved left guard Kory Lichtensteiger over to center. They signed free agent Shawn Lauvao with plans of starting him at left guard. Washington also signed guard/center Mike McGlynn, who likely will serve as a versatile backup.
“I don’t know what to make of it,” said Williams, a two-time Pro Bowl selection. “We have to see how everything plays out when the pads get on and how everything meshes. But obviously, Kory is a more than capable center, and Shawn has played and proven he can play in this league. With us getting him, he was a priority in free agency.”
Right guard Chris Chester remains, as does right tackle Tyler Polumbus. And 2012 draft picks Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis (both guards) and tackle Tom Compton also remain on the team, but all three remain unproven.
The Redskins still plan to consider adding another tackle and possibly additional interior linemen in the draft. Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, Stanford guard David Yankee, Virginia tackle Morgan Moses, Nevada tackle Joel Bitonio, Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson and Tennessee tackle JaWuan James are among a group of linemen projected to be available by the time the Redskins first get on the clock with the 34th overall pick.
There’s no guarantee a rookie will be able to step in and start right away. And it also remains to be seen if the free agent additions will bring immediate improvement. But Williams remains optimistic.
“I’m stoked to see how this thing works out,” he said. “I feel we have a bunch of pieces in the puzzle already in place and coach came in and added some more and bulked up the O-line a little bit. I’m thinking this thing can work out for the best for us.”