Tuesday, February 15, 2011 6:45 AM
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By Rich Tandler
Good, successful organizations, whether they are banks, manufacturing enterprises, or football teams, develop talent from within. The organizations leaders conduct proper succession planning so when a top performer departs the organization there is somebody in place to move into that persons job. The Washington Redskins are coming off of a combined 10 wins in the last two seasons and they are in need of help on the football field. Succession planning has not been a strong suit in the organization lately. Still, they may have some players in place who are ready to move in to fill roles either as starters or as key reserves.
Today, well look at the Redskins potential in-house replacements on the offensive side of the ball. Later this week, the defense.
OL Eric CookHe spent most of last year on the practice squad and didn't see the field in a regular-season game. The team lists one of last year's seventh-round picks as a center-guard. It might be tempting to give him a look at center to replace Casey Rabach but at 6-6, 318 he may be too tall to be an effective center. Most centers are 6-4 or shorter, which makes it harder for opposing linemen to get under their pads. Taller guards face the same challenge, although they are in a less awkward stance at the snap and they can deal with it better. It is difficult to see Cook being penciled in as a starter but he could well play his way onto the 53-man roster as a backup. OL Selvish CapersAnother seventh-round pick in 2010, Capers was drafted as a tackle but at 6-4, 308 he is smaller than Cook, the interior lineman. He is a converted tight end, and he has the athletic ability needed to perform in the Redskins zone blocking scheme. Like Cook, however, he probably needs another year of development to be in position to compete for a starting spot. He could, however, improve his game sufficiently to make the roster and compete for a starting job in 2012. OL Will MontgomeryHe ended the year at the top of the depth chart at right guard as Artis Hicks struggled with injury and ineffectiveness until Montgomery earned the starting nod for six of the last seven games. Will he remain there? His entry into the starting lineup coincided with the team improving both its run blocking (4.1 yardscarry in the first half of the season, 4.3 in the second half) and pass blocking (7.5 percent sack rate in the first eight games, 6.7 percent the rest of the year). He just turned 28 so he should have several good years in front of him. Montgomery should get a shot at a starting job in 2011. WR Terrence AustinYet another 2010 seventh-round pick, Austin is speedy and shifty. He was a top return man at UCLA although he remains unpolished as a receiver. Austin could develop to the point where he receives regular snaps as a third or fourth receiver, but he is a year or two away from anything beyond that. RB James DavisHe got a shot while Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain both were injured. While Davis showed some flashes with the ball in his hands he struggled in pass protection and he was inactive the last three games of the season. If he can show some spark on special teams and focus on blocking, he has a chance to contribute. QB John BeckIf the Redskins are looking for a veteran to either start the whole season or to hold down the fort until a rookie is ready to start, would Beck get a shot? Although he displayed enough talent to warrant a second-round draft pick and to be able to stay on an NFL roster for four years, he has very limited experience for a player who will be 30 before the season starts (5 games, 4 starts, all as a rookie in 2007). It seems unlikely that he will be in the picture. However, Mike Shanahan is known for pulling surprises at the quarterback position. Maybe the next move that nobody sees coming involves Beck. You can reach Rich Tandler by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @RealRedskins. Rich also writes about the Skins at www.RealRedskins.com. Rich will be covering the NFL Combine from Indianapolis next week. Check here and an on www.RealRedskins.com for wall to wall coverage of what theyre saying and doing in Indy.