Washington Redskins 2014 Player Profile: Mike McGlynn, Offensive Lineman

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

How will Mike McGlynn fit with the 2014 Washington Redskins?

Mike McGlynn

Offensive Lineman

Pittsburgh

Round 4, Pick 109 (2008 NFL Draft)

Twitter: @Greezy_75

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 325 lbs

2014 Outlook

McGlynn is smack in the middle of a very crowded offensive line competition this year.  I think most fans are very happy that we'll have plenty of competition in this area during training camp and the preseason.  The Redskins have added Kevin Kowalski, Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long, and Morgan Moses, in addition to McGlynn to a group that already included Chris Chester, Adam Gettis, Maurice Hurt, Josh LeRibeus, Kory Lichtensteiger, Tevita Stevens, Tyler Polumbus, Trent Williams, and Tom Compton.  Only eight or nine of these guys are going to make it and McGlynn is working to be one of them.  Something that will help McGlynn standout and give him an advantage for making the roster is his versatility.  He's played C and G in the NFL, played OT in college, and is listed as a C, G, and/or OT in various different places across the web.  He's a bit of a Swiss Army Knife of offensive linemen... decent at every position but not great at any.  He'll probably be asked to play on the interior of the Redskins line, as he's been accustomed to in the NFL, but it certainly doesn't hurt that he has four years of major college OT experience.  With good competition between Moses, Compton, and Polumbus at RT, and Trent Williams entrenched at LT, McGlynn probably won't have to worry about playing OT.

As far as the interior of the line goes, you have to think the only locks to make the roster are Lauvao and Long.  By all accounts Licht is likely to be the starting C, and Chester is probably the best bet right now to play the other G position.  It would appear McGlynn is competing for one of the two or three back-up interior OL positions (unless he just goes crazy in TC/preseason and earns a starting spot at C or G, though I think that's pretty unlikely).  He's certainly helped by the fact that he was hand-picked by this new coaching staff during Free Agency to be brought in to compete.  They obviously liked him enough to do that and you'd think that'd give him a leg up on a few of the guys who were already here.

Roster Prediction: On the Bubble

McGlynn is fighting for his spot.  Plain and simple.  There's going to be some excellent competition along the line this offseason and he'll need to make an impression in TC/preseason.  At this early time, in my opinion, I predict he'll make the roster.  I think this new coaching staff will like him better than guys like Hurt, LeRibeus, and Stevens.  He's got great size and that seems to be a little bit like what Jay Gruden wants to move to.  Having inherited such a small offensive line, it appears from his past as an OC and just judging by the linemen that have been brought in this offseason that more size is the goal.  And while those other guys aren't necessarily small (no one has ever called LeRib small in his life), they don't all provide the type of versatility you like in a reserve lineman (and they weren't hand-picked by the new coaching staff, either).  Whether he makes the team or not, odds are that McGlynn won't contribute in a regular season game this season unless someone ahead of him is injured.

Personal Information

During Mike's rookie year, he was a back-up G on the Eagles.  He tore his hamstring in the playoffs at the end of that year.  Before the start of the 2010 season, Mike became the starting C for the Eagles when their expected starter (Jamaal Jackson) tore his triceps tendon before the season began.  Mike even caught a pass from Kevin Kolb that year (yes, it was a deflection)!  In 2011, as a member of the Bengals and playing under Jay Gruden, Mike played in seven games and started four.  He played for the Colts the past two seasons and will go from protecting Andrew Luck to protecting RGIII.  Mike apparently likes beer (he retweeted the gem below from theChive) and (try not to hold it against him) went to school/played with LeSean McCoy.

At least we know Michael Vick likes him...

And he's a decent guy, too...

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