If you have six right tackles, you have no right tackles. The Redskins enter the 2013 season with the entire starting offensive line from last season back in the fold. The only surprise is Washington's willingness to bring back starting right tackle Tyler Polumbus who was an unrestricted free agent. It is a surprise because Polumbus had a horrible year in 2012. Pro Football Focus rated him as the 4th worst tackle in the NFL last year. He was the 4th worst tackle in the NFL in QB hurries against. He was the only starting offensive lineman to miss a start for the Redskins in 2012. All this stacks against him but the eye-test is enough. Polumbus looks heavy-footed in pass protection. Period.
With his glaring deficiencies and all, the Redskins still saw enough to re-sign him to a two-year deal this off-season, further proving that Shanahan values continuity when it comes to his offensive lines. Even UK thinks Polumbus could be the Redskin's breakout player this year. The Redskins did let Polumbus explore other options and Jacksonville seemed interested but Polumbus chose to stay with Washington instead. However, a week before his signing the Redskins made it a point to sign veteran tackles Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood to cheap contracts. Neither player was signed to assume the starting spot but are surely in OTA's and Training Camp competing for it.
Aside from these aging veterans, other possible options include:
- Maurice Hurt- He started for Polumbus (concussion) in Week 16
- Tom Compton- Last year's lone rookie o-lineman. Compton was on the game-day roster for only 1 game last year and did not take a snap all year. Has quick feet and high potential in this offense.
- Xavier Nixon- The Redskins have put a rookie o-lineman (drafted or undrafted) on their final 53-man roster in each of the last 8 years. Nixon could be that guy this year. Was a projected 5th round pick that went undrafted.