Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork (75) during Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
3. Redskins Interior O-line vs. Vince Wilfork
The Redskins saw some of Vince Wilfork last season when they participated in a joint practice against the New England Patriots, so center Kory Lichtensteiger and Shawn Lauvao know what to expect going in this year.
Wilfork became a free agent when the Patriots declined their team option on him. Wilfork isn’t quite the player he was a few years ago, he is still a formidable presence as a nose tackle and the Redskins interior linemen will have their hands full.
Lichtensteiger has had trouble with big defensive linemen so this will be some good work for him. Second year right man Spencer Long is the new starter at right guard and I’m sure he’ll get a few chances to block Wilfork as well.
The Redskins have added size to their offensive line and this will be interest to watch as not just Lichtensteiger struggled with the bigger defensive linemen but Chris Chester did too. But the (6’5, 320) Long has taken over for Chester, so we’ll see if bigger is better.
With the Redskins going to a power running game, it’s imperative that the offensive line adapt to the new system as quickly as possible. Going against an imoveable object like Vince Wilfork will provide a great test to how much power the running game will have.
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