There were some high hopes for rookie LT Saahdiq Charles when he was drafted in the 4th round this year. Washington considered him to be a 1st round talent according to the Washington Post. Other teams had him completely off their board due to character concerns stemming from two suspensions while at LSU. He was suspended for 6 games last season for his 3rd failed drug test for marijuana.
Washington knew all about his issues at LSU, and did their research into his situation, the maturity issues, and other reasons not to draft the talented sophomore offensive lineman. Ron Rivera was confident enough in what he heard that the team drafted him right after finally trading holdout LT Trent Williams to the San Francisco 49ers.
Charles has been working hard to get into NFL shape, and also get his weight up to compete for a spot on the offensive line. OL Coach John Matsko was working him at guard and left tackle as part of Rivera's push for versatility everywhere. Charles has a shot at a very open LT competition.
Ben Standig from the Athletic is reporting that Saahdiq Charles is dealing with a calf injury, and it could keep him sidelined for training camp. Coach Rivera called the injury minor the other day, but he has told the media he won't be giving out more injury information than he is required to by the league. Charles has not practiced the last 3 days. The team is off today, but will start a 5 day stretch of practices that Charles is likely to miss.
Washington rookie OT Saahdiq Charles is battling a calf injury and as of now is expected to miss additional days of training camp, sources tell @TheAthletic. More on the injury timeline and the LT battle: https://t.co/YYyn2FjD5f— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 21, 2020
The left tackle competition includes 3rd-year tackle Geron Christian Sr. and free agent signing Cornelius Lucas. Here is Standig's practice reports for both tackles.
Third-year tackle Geron Christian barely played during his first two seasons. A knee injury wiped out his rookie campaign. He started two games in 2019. Though athletically gifted for the role, he lacks the competitive fire needed according to some league sources. The 2018 third-round selection took the first-team reps Tuesday and Wednesday before sitting Thursday.
Cornelius Lucas, a free-agent addition this offseason, received most of the LT reps Thursday. Facing several regulars on Washington’s formidable defensive line, Lucas often looked like a journeyman tackle who primarily played on the right side of the line during his career. The 29-year-old showed better form at RT during earlier practices.
There was an opportunity there for Charles to jump ahead in the competition, but his injury unfortunately puts him behind. Washington's training camp ends on August 30th, and their season opener is September 13th at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.