In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at the Redskins’ rookies, grade their performance in 2012 and take a look at their future prospects.
Today, we’re examining offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus.
Drafted: 3rd round (71st overall).
Stats: 4 games, no starts, 71 snaps.
2012: For the majority of the season, LeRibeus watched from the sidelines as the backup to starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, though the 6 foot 2, 315-pounder also spent time last offseason at center. LeRibeus got his first opportunity on offense in Week 17 when Lichtensteiger went down with a sprained ankle against the Cowboys. LeRibeus did not look out of place during the 21 snaps he played. Against Seattle in the playoffs, LeRibeus played the game’s final 48 snaps after Lichtensteiger’s ankle again forced him out.
Prospects: If LeRibeus continues to show the discipline he displayed this season – he had to overcome academic and weight problems at SMU – he should continue to progress toward becoming a future starter for the Redskins. When that happens, though, could be directly related to Lichtensteiger, an unrestricted free agent who wants a long-term deal. Center Will Montgomery, meantime, is under contract for the next two seasons and is coming off a strong 2012.