In-depth chart: Offensive line

In-depth chart: Offensive line
May 18, 2012, 2:26 pm
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The Redskins 90-man offseason roster is set, at least for the time being. Its time to take a look at who they have, who will start, and who will be around when the Sept. 9 opener in New Orleans rolls around.We started the series earlier this week with a look at the offensive backs, today its the offensive lin.TacklesStarters: Trent Williams (left), Jammal Brown (right)
Reserves: Willie Smith, Tyler Polumbus
Fighting for a job: James Lee, Tom Compton, Nick MartinezWilliams and Brown could be as strong as any starting tackle tandem in the division or they could be missing in action. Brown has had hip problems bothering him for both of his season with the Redskins. Mike Shanahan has said that he appears to be in great shape now but that could change in October or November. Williams needs to steer clear of a positive drug test to avoid a one-year suspension. Even if he does, hes missed five starts in the past two years due to injuries so he will need a reliable fill in.Smith was pretty good filling in for Williams when he was suspended last year but he is not the franchise left tackle the team will need in the long term. He could be Browns eventual replacement on the right side.Polumbus is a utility reserve, he could play any line position but center in a pinch. His presence could allow them to keep the veteran Lee or the rookie draft pick Compton on the roster as he could count as both a guard and a tackle.GuardsStarters: Kory Lichtensteiger (left), Chris Chester (right)
Reserves: Maurice Hurt, Josh LeRibeus
Fighting for a job: Adam Gettis, Nevin McCaskillLichtensteiger might not participate in OTAs but a nine-month recovery period from his torn ACL and MCL should have him ready in time for the start of training camp. That will give Hurt andor LeRibeus a chance to get some work in with the first unit.Chester started to play better as the year went on as he adjusted to the zone scheme and he is a keeper, at least for the next couple of years.Hurt didnt embarrass himself when he was plunged into the starting role in Week 9. It was an admirable performance by a player who went from rookie practice squad tackle to starting guard in a three-week span but that doesnt mean that it was up to snuff. Hell have to improve if he wants to stay around in the long term.LeRibeus could end up being the backup center if the Redskins decide that the 6-6 Erik Cook is too tall to get the proper leverage to play in the middle. Gettis could make the 53-man roster or he could end on on the practice squad depending how fast LeRibeus can learn two NFL positions.CenterStarter: Will Montgomery
Reserve: Open
Fighting for a job: Erik Cook, Grant GarnerMontgomery did not miss a snap last year, although he did play almost three games at left guard after Lichtensteiger went out. That was how long it took to see the Cook was struggling at center. Cook would have to show some vast improvement during training camp if they are going to give him another show as a backup.Garner is a pretty good undrafted free agent pickup and he has a chance to stick on the practice squad, especially if LeRibeus and Gettis both make the 53-man roster.Days until: OTAs start 3; Minicamp 25; Preseason opener 83; Redskins @ Saints 114Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at You can reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.