WhenSMU guard Josh LeRibeus was introduced to the world as the newest member of the Washington Redskins, the name sounded familiar. Even I've checked out a bunch of mocks, not that. No, not in my research as a potential third or fourth round selection.Then it hit me: in his final mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShayprojected LeRibeus to the Redskins...in the 6th round. Eh, that's fine; lots of opinions out there and one man's trash is another man's treasure (no, I'm not calling LeRibeus trash, stop it.). But it just got me curious to see what others thought of the 6-foot-3, 312 pounder. Presented without analysis...National Football Post: LeRibeus not listed among the top 25 guard prospects (I checked; not listed as tackle or center either)Rob Rang, CBSSports: Projected as a 3-4 rounder. Analysis..."He sat out the 2010 season due to academic issues before returning in 2011 and again earning honorable mention all-conference accolades. He has only average athleticism overall, but LeRibeus is a scrappy player whose real value is as a versatile interior lineman who can play multiple positions. He also earned back the trust of the coaching staff by dropping around 70 pounds and showing up in much better shape for his senior season."Pro Football Weekly: The 6-foot-3, 312-pounderranked 26th among guards. Analysis...Positives: Functional run blocker gets in the way and works to position and sustain. Good weight-room strength and 20-yard short-shuttle time (4.67 seconds). Tough competitor. Negatives: Stiff, try-hard, limited athlete. Is tightly wound. Plodder. Has a dumpy-looking physique. Appears stiff in space. Struggles to adjust to movement in pass protection. Hand use is inconsistent shows little pop or power in his hands. Not explosive. Summary: Tough, competitive, try-hard, bump-and-steer blocker with potential to be tried as a center. Emerged with a solid senior season and has a chance to develop."
ASHBURN, VA—Here is a look at what Jay Gruden covered in his Monday news conference after the Redskins’ win over the Giants.
—We hit on some of the major injury news but there is the complete list: “DeAngelo [Hall], torn ACL, has surgery – he’ll be out for the season. [Bashaud] Breeland, he got an MRI, he has strained tendons in his ankle – he’ll be week to week. Shawn Lauvao has a moderate ankle sprain, we’re going to evaluate him on a week-to-week basis. [Kory] Lichtensteiger has a moderate calf strain, again, week-to-week. [Josh] Doctson went out to pregame warmup and could not push off the way he wanted to, his Achilles was too sore, so we’ve just got to continue to treat him and figure out the roots of the problem and try to get it fixed. DeSean Jackson aggravated his knee and ankle, came back and finished the game. And [Dashaun] Phillips has a hamstring strain. That is it.”
—Gruden said that the loss of a veteran leader like Hall was a big one. “It’s a lot. He’s a captain, you know? He’s coming along, playing a lot better and better at safety, so it’s pretty significant.”
—He tried to sell the 0-3 Browns as a big threat but he wasn’t very convincing. “It’s a tough opponent, very good coaching staff, and got a lot of work to do.”
—Kirk Cousins was pretty good according to the coach but they need to get touchdowns in the red zone. “We tried a quarterback draw one time and we missed the hole a little bit. Had a couple throws that were covered, just couldn’t get it done. Can’t put a finger on one person in that area. It’s not all on Kirk,”
—Going into it, Gruden was about as confident as a coach could be on the fake punt play in the third quarter. “We did it in practice and Tress Way has a great arm – very accurate. Coaching staff on the special teams side of it saw that it was a possibility. We practiced it. He caught it every time but the first day in the walkthrough.”
—A majority of those in the press box plus the TV broadcast crew all thought that David Bruton had made a spectacular interception when he ripped the ball away from Odell Beckham in the end zone. So did Gruden. “I’ve heard that everybody says it was an interception except for the replay guy. I don’t know what the rule is. We just have got to live by it. I thought his elbow was down, I thought his butt was down, I thought he had control of the ball.” Gruden admitted that, like most of us, he doesn’t know what a catch is.
—The Redskins aren’t thinking about cranking out another winning streak like the one late last year that got them into the playoffs. “Yeah, I think the only thing you can do is… the ultimate cliché is take it one game at a time. That’s the only thing can do. You can’t look ahead.”
Facing multiple injuries, all options on table for Redskins O-line, including Trent Williams at guard.
For the second year in a row Redskins left guard Shawn Lauvao got injured playing against the New York Giants in Week 3. Lauvao's injury, combined with an injury to center Kory Lichtensteiger, left the Washington offensive line in disrepair.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that both offensive linemen are now on a week to week basis, and it sounds quite possible neither player will go next week against Cleveland. The coach called both injuries "moderate" - ankle sprain for Lauvao and calf strain for Lichtensteiger.
The injuries mean the 'Skins are likely to bring in new linemen, particularly at center.
"We're going to have to," Gruden said when asked about new help for the line.
Once Lauvao and Lichtensteiger were injured in the Giants game, Gruden was forced to try an interesting combination. Veteran left tackle Trent Williams slid down to guard and Ty Nsekhe took over for Williams at tackle.
Importantly for the 'Skins, the results weren't bad.
"He's so good at tackle but he actually played pretty darn good at guard," Gruden said of Williams.
"He's a great athlete, probably be a good center too," the coach joked.
But Williams playing more guard should not be laughed at. The Redskins showed some of their best run game of the season late in the win against New York with Williams lined up next to Nsekhe.
Further, the coaching staff has repeatedly talked about how much they like Nsekhe as a tackle but that there was no spot for him with Williams and Morgan Moses healthy. As unusual as it sounds, with Williams at guard allows Nsekhe to get on the field at tackle.
The Redskins do have another option in house: Arie Kouandjio. In his second year out of Alabama, Kouandjio has the size needed to play guard, but he is yet to be active on gameday this season and has been considered more of a development project than a player that is ready to roll.
If Kouandjio is ready, he can play left guard and Williams stays in his normal spot at left tackle, protecting Kirk Cousins' blind side.
"We'll just have to evaluate that situation and see how it goes, see how Arie does at left guard," Gruden said. "Ty is an excellent player, there's no question about it, but to move your Pro Bowl left tackle out of the mix to guard is something that's a little unique and hard to do."
Scot McCloughan made some strong moves last season bringing in players as injuries impacted the Redskins. Looks like the GM will again have that opportunity, this time on the offensive line.