Sooner or later, the depth of the Washington Redskins offensive line was going to be tested. With Shawn Lauvao out with a season-ending injury, the Redskins are left scrambling at left guard. After Lauvao went down in Thursday's loss at the Giants, Josh LeRibeus and Tom Compton were thrown into the fire with unpalatable results. Head coach Jay Gruden stated this week that Spencer Long has a "leg up" as the Week 4 starter.
That doesn't mean he'll be the last one to take snaps there.
Chris Chester was released with the confidence that Long could start at right guard. That plan changed one week into training camp. Whether you'd like to believe it was based on Morgan Moses' progress or coaches realizing Brandon Scherff's best position was RG, the scenario left Long on the bench. The last time we saw Long on the field for the Redskins, he was getting embarassed by third and fourth stringers in the final preseason game. It does not matter if that was a true indication of his talent or it was pure lethargy based on his reduced role. Fans who wanted Long to compete with Lauvao at LG quickly quieted down.
If Long has a short leash, we know the likely next man up. This preseason, a play by rookie Arie Kouandjio caught my eye so I ended up watching all his snaps. Below is the Tweet Peek of the University of Alabama product....
It's easy to see why general manager Scot McCloughan drafted Kouandjio. He's a mauler. He does have physical limitations athletically and concerns about blocking in space remain, but you can see the nasty in him.
You can see the hog in him.
The Redskins new-found dedication to the run is their shot at competing this year. Gruden and Bill Callahan will play the best guys. Don't be surprised if by season's end, Arie Kouandjio is one of them.