Redskins: Analyzing the battle for the fourth offensive tackle spot
By Ian Cummings
Redskins OT Timon Parris
With all of these tackles, you’ll find that size is one of their immediately eye-catching traits. Timon Parris leads the pack with his size, as he stands at around 6-foot-6, 315, with arms ranging toward 34 inches in length.
A four-year starter at Stony Brook, Parris utilized his length well with the Sea Wolves, accumulating snaps at both left and right tackle. He showed good foot quickness for his size, and he’s a solid athlete at his position, offering good mobility and enhanced developmental potential at the NFL level.
That said, Parris can drastically improve with his hands, in terms of timing, placement, and strength, and stronger opponents will take advantage of his lack of balance. Like all young undrafted free agents, Parris is a project, but he has some enticing traits that could set him apart in this battle.
On top of his athleticism, Parris also has the experience edge over both Brian Wallace and Blake Hance. Granted, Parris only has one year of NFL experience, and he only played six snaps for the Redskins, all inline snaps in Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans, per Pro Football Focus. But one full year in a team’s system, learning from the team’s offensive line coach and from their experienced veterans, is a lot more than zero years, and in 2019, Parris can use that foundation to cultivate separation in the race for the fourth tackle spot.