Over the next few weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will be taking a close look at the Redskins’ depth chart, dissecting each position.
Some spots are straightforward. Others are more complicated. This much, however, is not up for debate: A player is not on the 53-man roster until the final cuts are made.
So who’s the odds-on favorite to start? And who’s in trouble? Up today …
On the roster: Shawn Lauvao, Chris Chester, Adam Gettis, Josh LeRibeus, Spencer Long
Likely to make the 53: Lauvao, Chester, Long
Comment: Free agent pickup Lauvao is plugged in as the starter at left guard while Chester, who has not missed a snap since coming to the team in 2011, is the starting right guard.
They will both be under the microscope. The Redskins signed Lauvao soon after the signing period opened, giving him a four-years, $17 million deal with $5 million guaranteed. That seemed to be a very aggressive offer for a player who was not highly coveted.
Chester had a strong 2012 but regressed some last year, allowing pass pressure up the middle all to frequently. His 38 QB pressures allowed (per Pro Football Focus) were the most on the team.
Long, a third-round pick in this year’s draft, will almost certainly push Chester aside at some point. The only question seems to be whether it will happen at some point this year or in 2015.
Battling for a job: Gettis, LeRibeus
Comment: With backup center Mike McGlynn, a free agent acquisition who is likely to make the roster, also able to play guard these two 2012 draft picks are up against a numbers game. The two could be competing for one spot or, depending on how many tackles stick on the 53, they could both be gone.
LeRibeus had a shot at a starting job last year but he reported to the offseason program overweight and he was inactive for 16 games. His status as a third-round pick of Mike Shanahan will carry little weight with the new regime in town. It looks like he reported in top shape this year and that will help him in his quest for a job but he may be a year too late.
Gettis was active for every game in 2013 but with the remarkable good health the line enjoyed he only got in for a handful of snaps. He can also play center and that flexibility may help him if it comes down to him and LeRibeus.