- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The first hint that a shake-up was coming on the offensive line was back at the NFL combine in February, when Jay Gruden, addressing the Redskins’ needs during the free agency signing period, said that the coaches “can work with what we have.”

The undersized, fleet-footed player coveted by the Shanahans for their zone-blocking scheme hasn’t been valued highly in the past by Gruden, who quickly made that known by releasing 6-foot-3, 300-pound starting center Will Montgomery in March as the free agent signing period got underway.

With the release of Montgomery, a Centreville native who had been with the team since 2008, the Redskins shifted left guard Kory Lichtensteiger to center and signed Shawn Lauvao, a 6-foot-3, 315-pound guard formerly of the Browns. They also picked up 6-foot-4, 325-pound guard Mike McGlynn, a seven-year veteran, and drafted a pair of offensive linemen in Virginia’s Morgan Moses and Nebraska’s Spencer Long.

All the shifting means the Redskins will have several starting gigs up for grabs during training camp, and the right side of the line will be the focus. The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Moses, drafted in the third round, will push incumbent Tyler Polumbus to start at right tackle, though he’ll have to prove the inconsistency and lack of focus that hampered him during his senior season are in the past.

Also under fire is Chris Chester, the starting right guard during each of the last three years, but his job seems more secure as Long continues to recover after tearing the MCL and PCL in his left knee during his senior season and Adam Gettis and Josh LeRibeus need to prove themselves worthy.

Perhaps the most competition will happen at the bottom of the roster, where nine backups will fight for, at most, four spots. Moses and Long figure to have two of them. Can Gettis, LeRibeus and Tom Compton, also entering his third season, finally establish themselves as reliable backups?

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