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Help wanted: Redskins shopping for healthy guards

Brian Tinsman
March 21, 2018 - 12:20 am
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Last year, the Washington Redskins were defined by injury. On the offensive line alone, they used more than two dozen different combinations of personnel in 16 games.

Heading into offseason workouts, not everyone is magically ready to go.

In order to build depth and create competition in OTAs and training camp, head coach Jay Gruden says that they still need healthy, warm bodies.

"We're still talking to some other guards out there that have played a lot of football in the NFL, to possibly come in here and compete for a job," he told Grant Paulsen and Craig Hoffman on 106.7 The Fan. "But always, always, you're looking at the draft for a young prospect in the fourth, fifth, sixth round, possibly--maybe the second if there's one we really like, that we feel like can help us right away. 

"I think from an initial standpoint, we need to add another one soon to solidify the line, not only for the season but for training camp and OTAs. We just don't have a lot of bodies with all of the injuries."

He gave just a sampling of the lingering issues.

"With Trent [Williams> not being able to practice, Morgan Moses not being able to practice, T.J. Clemmings not being able to practice," he rattled off, "we've got some guys on the shelf that we have to need to make sure we add some quality people in here, to come in here in OTAs and training camp to provide some competition."

Players will be back at Redskins Park in less than a month. After that, it will be only a few weeks until the 2018 NFL Draft. Free agents can be signed at any time, and the team could easily add a guard in the draft. Gruden made clear that both options are likely.

"It could be both. Fortunately, we had so many line combinations that we've got to look at a lot of different guys," he explained. "It is interesting to put together your roster to compete for division championships and Super Bowl championships and try to put your best foot forward and compete, every given Sunday.

"That's what we're trying to do now and we still have a long way to go."

 

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