Redskins: Five players to watch in Week 2 of preseason
By Ian Cummings
No. 4 – Redskins OT Timon Parris
The Redskins have no more time to add outside options at tackle; they’re stuck with what they got, for better or worse, and in the coming weeks, we’ll be able to see how the team’s backup offensive line progresses from the preseason debut, an uninspiring showing overall.
One player who’s worth watching, given the players’ own traits and the corresponding situation, is offensive tackle Timon Parris. Parris was often caught in a bad light on Thursday, as he was seen on numerous plays where the quarterback got hit. But on one notable occasion, the fault was not Parris’, and he showcased his upside more often than people gave him credit for.
In a recent podcast, which was very informative, OL expert Robbie Duncan spoke at length about Parris, and he spoke about how Parris had shown promise in his Week 1 performance. Duncan lauded Parris’ pass set, explaining how Parris’ fundamentals in pass protection were very solid for his career state. Duncan mentioned that Parris still needs to do a better job measuring his kick out of his stance, but when asked if he expected Parris to make the roster, Duncan said he did.
Parris came into the league as a raw player with good athletic upside, and now, he has an opportunity to capitalize on. Trent Williams is gone, and the Redskins need players to provide depth at tackle. Parris has the traits to file into a top backup role, and if he continues to develop, he could lock down that role sooner rather than later.