Fine offensive line might be taking shape for Redskins

Unit was off and running in preseason win over Pittsburgh

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Redskins offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger (top) is optimistic the unit will be an asset instead off a liability as Washington looks to rebound from a 6-10 season. Guard Chris Chester (above) was added because the team thought his speed fit well with its outside zone scheme.
ROD LAMKEY JR./THE WASHINGTON TIMES Redskins offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger (top) is optimistic the unit will be an asset instead off a liability as Washington looks to rebound from a 6-10 season. Guard Chris Chester (above) was added because the team thought his speed fit well with its outside zone scheme.
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Cut blocking is an essential element of the Redskins‘ running system, and that was effective Friday, as well.

Linemen don’t practice it during the week because of the injury risk involved with diving at a defensive lineman’s hip and ending up on the ground. However, they unveiled it against the Steelers.

“There were some good ones, Kory Lichtensteiger in particular,” offensive line coach Chris Foerster said. “Jammal Brown had some good ones. Will had one.

“We drill it, but … it takes time to get used to. As the season wears on, they do it week in and week out, they’ll get better at it.”

The group is off to an auspicious start, at least. Anyone looking for reasons to be optimistic can seize on that.

The Redskins‘ linemen, however, realize they have much more to accomplish to restore their reputation and transform from a liability to an asset.

“We’re not going to put all our stock into one good game, just like we wouldn’t feel like we were screwed if we had a bad game,” Lichtensteiger said. “It’s encouraging to see the running game working and us as a unit working well together. The first impression is good, but we’ll take that with a grain of salt.”

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