And that does not exhaust the supply of linemen on the roster. Of the remaining six players, two of them – tackles David Steinmetz and Rick Leonard – are indeed enormous long shots. Both are developmental players with virtually no experience. They both have classic tackle size and length, but barring a catastrophe, neither should be expected to provide anything this season.
Two other tackles, Geron Christian and David Sharpe, contributed in 2020, but the addition of Cosmi and Leno will make it difficult for either to make the final roster in 2021. Christian has surprised before. He has some athletic gifts, but neither his strength nor his technique has proven adequate to be an upper-tier tackle. Sharpe is a very big man who does not move very well. He can only play right tackle, and though he was not a train wreck in 2020, the team clearly can do better.
But the other two players, both interior linemen, could challenge for spots. The veteran center Tyler Larsen played for Ron Rivera in Carolina and the coach obviously likes him. If Ismael does not perform well as a backup center, it is not out of the question that Larsen could snag that spot.
And Beau Benzschawel is an intriguing player. Much longer and taller than a typical interior lineman, if coach John Matsko can coach him up, Benzschawel could also surprise. If he does, I promise to learn how to spell his name so that I don’t have to keep looking it up every time I want to mention him.