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A preliminary review of the OL after regular season game one


The preseason games and game one of the regular season have been played.  The draft and free agency have occurred.

The Skins acquired a starter at RG in Chris Chester as well as a backup tackle in Sean LocklearTrent Williams has attempted to improve his offseason conditioning as well.  The Team also replaced Casey Rabach with Will Montgomery at center.  After the first three preseason games, there seemed to be a consensus that the run and pass blocking had improved over the 2010 season, but there were some questions about whether the improvements were real or not after the OL's forth game performance. 

After the first regular season game against the Giants there is another chance to evaluate the OL performance for individual players as well as the unit as a group. The running game against the Giants had one decent play of 22 yards and an average of 2.8 overall.  The Giants were missing two of their best DL which effected their performance  on both the running and passing game of the Skins.  The results were not good for the running game since there were defenders in the backfield which prohibited the stretch plays from developing.  The passing game did moderately well despite 4 sacks allowed (one of which resulted in a QB forced fumble) plus a number of QB hits and pressures.

On June 14, 2011, Carver posted up an article, Redskin Linemen According to Pro Football Focus - http://www.hogshaven.com/2011/6/14/2223375/redskins-linemen-according-to-profootballfocus.   That article and subsequent comments highlighted the OL situation from 2010 and addressed needs for 2011.  Only one OL was drafted in the seventh round, Maurice Hurt, and he is on the practice squad.  The Teams' top free agent target, Yanda, was resigned by the Ravens.  Chris Chester was signed and he started 9 games for the Ravens in 2010.  Carver's article and the comments can be accessed to help others in this preliminary review.

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