John Keim's most recent weekly "Redskins Report" included an interesting article about our young, work-in-progress, reserve offensive linemen, who some of us are hoping can become reliable starters at some point, or in Compton's case at least a reliable swing tackle.
John interviewed Redskins Offensive Line coach Chris Foerster, who candidly evaluated where Compton, Gettis and LeRibeus are in their development. Here's what Chris Foerster had to say:
On LeRibeus: "His strengths [still] are at guard. [rather than center.] He’s still learning how to snap. That’s the biggest issue with him. It’s not the physical ability to play the position. It’s not the mental. It’s the snapping of the ball. He plays very fast and sudden and sometimes he hurries the snap and it’s inconsistent. When Josh learns something, he’s got it. When he doesn’t understand and get it and that falls back on me, then it’s really bad. You could see toward the end of preseason the plays that were really good were really good, but the plays that were bad were really bad. That’s just the consistency.”
On Gettis (such as Adam's inability to hold his ground and not be moved whether he's playing left or right guard and Adam getting stood up): "By the time you guys see him again next year, he’ll be able to do both." [left/right guard spots]
“It [getting stood up] is a habit that he has. Most times when you anchor, you should bend your knees more to get underneath them to sit your rear down, and that gives you the anchor to stop being pushed back. He’s naturally strong, so he does it without bending. He does anchor but just doesn’t look as normal because he does it from a standup position."
On Compton: (and Tom's struggles to handle defensive linemen's second moves): “One thing he needed to develop is strength.He’s gained weight. He gained strength. … At that point [in camp] his lack of strength, he’d get himself out of position and when a player gets into you trying to compensate for sometimes lack of strength, it puts you in a bad position, so with the secondary moves you’re not able to redirect or whatever because he had to put so much energy into stopping the first move. When you’re stronger, you can stay more balanced, and you don’t have to get out of position to stop the first move. It then allows you to redirect the second move.”
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