Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71). Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Redskins offensive line approach "Hog" status?

The Washington Redskins made additions to their offensive line both through free agency and draft.  Head coach Jay Gruden has stated its his desire to add more size to the line, after previous head coach Mike Shanahan liked to use smaller more agile offensive linemen for his vaunted zone blocking scheme.

Gruden said the Redskins would abandon the zone blocking altogether, but he wanted to add more size none the less.  So this begs the question, can the Redskins ever get their offensive line back to Hog status?  Most of us remember the days when Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby, Jeff Bostic, Mark May, and the rest used to dominate opposing defenses.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get back to that?  The Redskins already have one of the best left tackles in the game to build around in Trent Williams.  They signed free agent Shawn Lauvao to play next to Williams at left guard, and they have moved Kory Lichtensteiger from left guard to center, which might be his best position.

The Redskins drafted tackle Morgan Moses out of Virginia, and guard Spencer Long of Nebraska.  Two mammoth sized linemen who may be the keys to getting the Redskins offensive line back to being an elite unit.  And if Moses lives up to his potential he could join with Williams in giving the Redskins their best tackle combination since perhaps Jacoby and May.

Or at least since Chris Samuels and John Jansen.  The Redskins line ahs been great at run blocking the past few season, but pass blocking is where they’ve struggled.  If they can strengthen that aspect of their performance, then I say they can approach getting to Hog status.  But we’ll have to see if they can.

 

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