Redskins Position Battle: Left guard looks like a two-man race
So, the Redskins guard position is set up to be a two-man race for the starting job. The top two names? Ereck Flowers and fourth-round rookie guard Wes Martin from Indiana.
If you go solely off of NFL experience, then the leader in the clubhouse is newcomer Flowers. He was signed to a one-year deal after spending last year, his fourth season in the league with the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Let’s be honest. Flowers, a former first-round pick, has had a rough time since coming into the league and has mostly played the tackle position. But with a fresh start, a potential move to guard, and a new position coach in Bill Callahan, Flowers can turn into a serviceable player. Unfortunately for Redskins fans “serviceable” is the last thing we want to hear so whether or not Flowers can develop he is not the long-term answer.
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The guy with the most potential as the long-term fix is Martin. Anyone who watches college football knows the Big Ten is the NFC East of the NCAA. It’s a division that comes down to which team has the toughest, nastiest and hard-nosed team, Wes Martin fits that bill.
Martin is two-time All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time team captain. Martin is a big (6-foot-3, 316 pounds), tough (1 of 4 Indiana Hoosiers to appear in 50 career games) and smart (four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree) football player that will bring his lunch pail to work every day.
Martin does come with his weaknesses, but there is a lot to like about the guy. With offensive line guru Bill Callahan as coach, Martin will get his opportunity to show why he is the left guard of the future.