The Washington Redskins are bringing in more offensive line depth. They have reportedly signed Jeremy Vujnovich to compete for a role on the interior offensive line.
So far, the Ron Rivera regime has been highlighted by the Redskins largely eschewing bigger free-agent names and just adding depth to compete for roles on the roster. They did make a big run at Amari Cooper, but once that fell through, they have focused mostly on adding players that could compete for key positions with the team on low-risk deals.
That continued on Wednesday afternoon when the team signed offensive lineman Jeremy Vujnovich.
According to multiple reports, the Redskins have agreed to a deal with the veteran blocker. A former undrafted free agent out of Louisiana College, Vujnovich stands 6-foot-5, 300 pounds and figures to battle for a backup guard role with the Redskins.
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Vujnovich originally entered the league in 2014 as a member of the Green Bay Packers. He never played for the team in the regular season and only saw his first NFL action in 2016 with the Indianapolis Colts. He appeared in two games in 2016 before becoming the primary starter at left guard amid injuries in 2017. He started all 16 games that season allowing six sacks and committing three penalties. He was serviceable, but it was clear that he was better served as a backup.
After that showing, Vujnovich found himself out in Indianapolis as the team overhauled the offensive line. He landed with the Arizona Cardinals and appeared in five games with two starts. He struggled mightily in pass protection and didn’t look like a quality player at all. That may have been due to a balky hamstring that limited him in the early stages of the season.
Vujnovich didn’t play in 2019 but he’s looking to make a comeback. He’s 29 so perhaps he can regain the form he showed with the Colts in ’17. If he’s healthy, he could at least make a solid backup who has 18 games of starting experience. The Redskins are risking little by bringing him in and having him, Wes Martin, and Wes Schweitzer around will give them plenty of options at the left guard position.
Much like most of their offseason signings, this is a fine move for the Redskins. They’re taking a no-risk chance on a player with starting experience. If Vujnovich doesn’t work out and win a spot as a backup on the offensive line, they can part ways with him. If he does, he’ll add solid depth to the position and a good insurance policy in case Brandon Scherff can’t stay healthy this season.