Redskins kept offensive line intact, despite unit being a weakness last year

Will Montgomery (with ball) gets ready for a play on the line of scrimmage during an informal Redskins practice at a facility in Northern Virginia in June 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Will Montgomery (with ball) gets ready for a play on the line of scrimmage during an informal Redskins practice at a facility in Northern Virginia in June 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
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If the Redskins don’t add any free agent linemen, they have some unproven options. Tackle/guard Selvish Capers, a seventh-round pick in 2010, expects to compete for playing time after spending all of last season on the practice squad.

Capers played OK at times last training camp, but his feet often were too slow, and there were awareness issues typical of a rookie. He should be more consistent with a better understanding of the offense.

“Last year, I’m kind of thinking pre-snap of what do I have to do and what’s my assignment,” Capers said. “Now it’s second nature.”

Maurice Hurt, the only lineman drafted this spring, is comfortable with the zone-scheme concepts because they’re similar to what he ran at Florida.

“I like getting out in the open field, and I also like the griminess of being inside in the trenches,” he said. “Whatever I’m asked for, I’ll be able to do.”

Shanahan’s most pressing decision is whether to re-sign right tackle Jammal Brown, who likely will be a free agent. Letting him leave would create a significant need.

Even before that matter is settled, though, the line has established goals for the upcoming season. Whether it meets them will help determine the Redskins‘ fate.

“We’re definitely looking to lower the sack total, and we definitely need to get a 100-yard rusher every game,” Lichtensteiger said. “I think just better overall performances from everybody.”

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