Gruden confirms Redskins offensive line changes

Gruden confirms Redskins offensive line changes
March 26, 2014, 9:00 am
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When the Redskins signed guard Shawn Lauvao on the first day of free agency and released center Will Montgomery later in the week it was apparent that there would be changes on the offensive line for the first time since before the 2012 season.

Speaking to the media at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, coach Jay Gruden confirmed what has been widely believed for a couple of weeks. Lauvao will play left guard and Kory Lichtensteiger will shift from left guard to center. For the moment, the right side will stay intact with Chris Chester at guard at Tyler Polumbus at tackle.

Besides Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams and maybe Lauvao the top of the depth chart may be written in dry erase marker rather than in Sharpie. After releasing Montgomery the Redskins made a hard push to sign Donald Penn to play right tackle before he decided to join the Raiders. They also hosted center Brian de la Puente and guard-center Mike McGlynn.

In addition, there are some 2012 draft picks who could get a shot at cracking the starting lineup. Adam Gettis apparently is working at center, Josh LeRibeus has some ability and if he can pull it together he could compete at guard, and Tom Compton could progress to where he pushes Polumbus at right tackle.

So when the 2014 season starts, Lichtensteiger, Polumbus, and Chester could be starters, they could be reserves or, given the high salary cap numbers they all have, they could be off of the team.