The Redskins have cut their roster to 53 and they are starting to prepare for their season opener in Houston. We’re taking a look at how the depth chart looks after all of the week’s transactions.
First up, the offensive line.
Starters (left to right): Trent Williams, Shaun Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus
Reserves: Tom Compton (T), Morgan Moses (T), Josh LeRibeus (G), Spencer Long (G)
The starters are solid on the left side with the Pro Bowler Williams and Lauvao, who is getting better every week. Lichtensteiger started at guard for four years and he moves to his more natural position at center. He will struggle against big nose tackles and he will need some help in situations.
At the beginning of the year many believed that Chester and Polumbus would be replaced by this time. But they survive. The two have been up and down in opposite patterns the last couple of years. Chester was solid in 2012 but he struggled last year. Polumbus was a weak link two years ago but much better in 2013. Perhaps Jay Gruden is hoping that he can get the good versions of each player this year.
In any case, it appears that the eventual replacements for the two are on the roster. Third-round draft picks Josh LeRibeus (2012) and Spencer Long (2014) could be ready to compete to supplant the 31-year-old Chester sooner rather than later. Moses was drafted in the third round this year to eventually take over for Polumbus. However the rookie has some work to do before he’s ready and Compton is the one who will be active on game days and play if there is a need for a backup tackle.
If there is a need at center Chester will slide over and either Long or LeRibeus will play right guard. The two reserves will compete to be on the game day active list from week to week.