Rated as one of the best centers in the NFL last season, Will Montgomery delivered for the Redskins in both the run and pass game.
Montgomery looks cemented into the role of Redskins starting center for 2013, though the team did bring in free agent center Kevin Matthews in the offseason.
“I think competition always breeds the best talent,” Montgomery said after the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.
“Nobody’s comfortable,” the eighth-year pro out of Virginia Tech said. “Every year there is somebody coming for your job.”
Though he only missed six snaps last season, Montgomery suffered through a Grade 2 MCL sprain for the final two regular season games and the playoff loss against the Seahawks.
Asked about the knee, Montgomery responded, “It’s feeling good. It’s 100 percent.”
Like he does every offseason, Montgomery worked to improve his game.
“I think I can improve on a lot of things,” Montgomery said. “Each year I find something new, especially watching all the other centers in the league.”
Montgomery specifically mentioned other centers like Chris Myers of the Houston Texans and Max Unger of the Seattle Seahawks as guys he watched film on. Myers made the Pro Bowl, and Unger was voted first-team All Pro.
“I like to see what they do and try to incorporate some of their things in my game,” Montgomery said.
The Redskins center could soon enter that elite category as the anchor of the Washington line.
Pro Football Focus ranked Montgomery as the No. 5 best center in the league last year. With strong lateral quickness needed to snap the ball and block, Montgomery only allowed one quarterback sack last season while registering just three penalties.
Tasked with snapping the ball to quarterback Robert Griffin III, Montgomery knows the fans will be watching him this season. He said that he has worked on his snaps out of the shotgun formation during the offseason.
Despite his success last season, Montgomery understands the mindset needed to succeed in the NFL.
“It’s ‘what have you done for me lately’ is kind of the mindset around here,” Montgomery said.