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Former Washington and Houston general manager Charley Casserly thinks that the Redskins are going to invest heavily on the offensive line when free agency starts, with “heavily” being used both literally and figuratively.
Appearing on the NFL Network on Friday morning, Casserly said that Robert Griffin III would benefit from improved protection as he tries to shake off his substandard 2013 season. He think that new head coach Jay Gruden would like to do something in free agency to help.
“If you think of Gruden in Cincinnati, they had a much bigger offensive line than what he’s inheriting in Washington,” said Casserly. “So they need to get bigger to be able to drop-back pass better.”
The numbers bear out Casserly’s statement. The lightest player on the Bengals starting line last year was center Kyle Cook at 312 pounds. It went up from there to tackle Andre Smith and guard Andrew Whitworth, both of whom are listed at 335. Trent Williams was the Redskins’ heaviest starter at 315 and the heft went down from there to guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who weighed in at 284.
If bigger is indeed better, the Redskins will have to hit the free agent market to bring in some fat boys.
“They don’t have a first-round pick so in free agency look for them to come roaring out of there in free agency for offensive line help,” said Casserly.
There seems to be little question that changes will be made along the line. Williams is the only starter who can be considered safe. We will see if Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen will made changes along the line gradually or if we are looking at three or even four new starters in 2014.