Washington Football Team claims guard Beau Benzschawel off waivers

Washington Football Team OL Beau Benzschawel. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Football Team OL Beau Benzschawel. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Last offseason, the Washington Football Team brought in a lot of veterans to compete for back-end roster spots and practice squad opportunities on the offensive line. This year, it appears that they are set to do the same.

According to the team’s official Twitter account, Washington claimed offensive guard Beau Benzschawel off waivers from the Houston Texans. Benzschawel went undrafted in 2019 out of Wisconsin and has also spent time with the Detroit Lions.

Benzschawel was a consensus All-American during his final season with the Badgers and with a 6-foot-6 frame and long arms, some thought that he would have starting potential at the NFL level. However, NFL teams didn’t see him the same way and were turned off by his inability to deal with athletic players at the guard spot.

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Still, Benzschawel did manage to stick around on the practice squads of the Lions and the Texans, so the upside is there. He has a good frame; it’s just a question of whether or not he’s a good enough athlete to be anything more than a fringe roster guy.

Claiming Beau Benzschawel is a good move for the Washington Football Team.

At 25 years old, Benzschawel still has some upside remaining. He was well-coached at Wisconsin, a school with a reputation for producing solid linemen, and at the very least has the size needed to play well on the offensive line. If he can get better coaching at the NFL level, perhaps his untapped potential can be unlocked.

The Washington Football Team appears to have a very good offensive line coach in John Matsko. He helped Cornelius Lucas and Wes Schweitzer put together great seasons while helping Morgan Moses regain his form after a couple of down years. If he can do similar work with Benzschawel, perhaps the former Texan can become a good interior backup.

Even if not, Benzschawel will be able to fight for a position on the roster with Wes Martin, Keith Ismael, and free-agent signee Tyler Larsen on the interior offensive line. And if the team wants to move 2020 fourth-round pick Saahdiq Charles inside, he could be in the competition as well.

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At the NFL level, you can never have too much depth on the offensive line. Washington has learned this the hard way before. Benzschawel may not work out, but at least he has a good frame and a couple of years worth of NFL experience to give Washington another option as they craft their 90-man roster.