Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Redskins offensive guard Kory Lichtensteiger (78) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Redskins 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Gruden: Lichtensteiger has been a pleasant surprise

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Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden met with the media after practice on Wednesday and was asked about center Kory Lichtensteiger and what made him decide to move him to a new position.  Jay Gruden Stated:

“Kory’s done a great job.  I think he’s one of the pleasant surprises in camp.  I was a little concerned myself moving a guard over to center but he’s a natural center and he’s got great movement.  He gets up to the next level effortlessly.  He’s made all the calls, we’ve had a few adjustments we’ve had to make this week.

But overall he’s got a great knowledge of the blocking schemes we have so he can communicate with all the linemen the blitz protections and he’s done a good job.  His weight is where it needs to be.  He’s anchored very well against one of the best nose tackles in football this week and that was a great test for him.  So I feel good where we are at center.”

Many analysts believed that Kory Lichtensteiger would make a much better center than guard and so far in training camp that’s turning out to be the case.  He has to prove it in the games of course and it will be interesting to see how he performs when it counts.


And Lichtensteiger has put on some weight in the offseason as he’s listed at 296 pounds.  Where last season he was listed at 284.  So he is bigger and if Kory Lichtensteiger can play up to his ability then the Redskins will definitely have an upgrade at the center position this season and the rest of the offense will benefit greatly from that.

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