Longest Tenured Skin to Sit the Pine & Practice Squad Set

[Note by CptChaosSidekick, 08/31/08 1:38 PM EDT ]Redskins Insider reports RB Marcus Mason has signed on to the Baltimore Ravens Practice Squad

Since the end of the preseason it has become evident that our O-line is having pass protection difficulties. Most notably OT Jon Jansen. Well today it was announced that OT Stephon Heyer will get the start to open the season against the Giants this Thursday. The Redskins Insider reports:

Heyer said he learned from his experience starting last season and feels he is ready. "It's the same concepts, just a different day," Heyer said. He said the coaches did not inform him whether the move is permanent because Jansen is dealing with a sprained foot. "I don't know really, I'm just going to take it as they want me to start this Thursday and I'll go from there," Heyer said.


Although Heyer say he doesn't know if this is a long term answer at OT because Jansen is sufering from a spained ankle, QB Jason Campbell might know something Heyer doesn't.

"is a difficult situation because of how long he's been in there and what he's meant to this offense,"

Sounds like the coaching staff wants to go in another direction. I like Jansen as a leader in the locker room but the reality is that alone wont keep you on the field. Heyer on the other hand was impressive last year as an undrafted FA and has shown good upside and hopfully will be a staple of better O-line play this season.

The practice squad was announced and is follows:

CB Byron Westbrook
WR Horace Gant
OL  Andrew Crummey
CB Matteral Richardson
TE Tyler Ecker
LB Curtis Gatewood
OL Devin Clark
FB Nehemiah Broughton

I've argued that keeping four RB's on an active roster wasn't conducive to maximizing depth on our roster but that doesn't mean I like parting ways with RB Marcus Mason. I don't forsee Rock being on our roster next year (Redskins only offered him a mimium 1yr contract, is he going to resign for that again?) and think we should've gone with the younger faster Mason.

Thoughts on all these happenings?

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