The Washington Redskins remain in the slow lane during free agency, which for now means plenty of roster spots are available on top of the battle for playing time we know will take place. As we wait for additional signings and the NFL Draft, Breaking Burgundy begins a series looking at those current players with a shot at advancing their previous roles into something larger for 2016. Check out previous profiles below as well is in the above video.
Player: Josh LeRibeus
2015 overview: All of LeRibeus’ NFL snaps had come at the guard position until last year, when starting center Kory Lichtensteiger succumbed to a shoulder injury and LeRibeus filled in for him. Despite some hiccups in the transition, LeRibeus performed better than most expected as he started the team's final 11 regular-season games.
Room for improvement: Mobility, snapping, consistency
Opportunity: The Redskins re-signed LeRibeus to a one-year deal, which represents an additional chance to prove his staying power in the league. The 26-year-old will likely return to a reserve role and still has a ways to go in dispelling doubts about his NFL prowess. Washington selected LeRibeus in the third round of the 2012 draft, but it wasn’t until last season that he registered significant time on the field.
2016 projection: Assuming he continues to stay in shape, and avoid the struggles with his weight that dogged him early in his career, there’s no reason to think LeRibeus can’t build off of last season’s momentum. His expanded knowledge of Sean McVay’s system that came from switching positions should help him as well. No matter what role he ends up playing--guard or center; starting or--more likely the case--reserve, this season stands as a solid opportunity for LeRibeus to finally gain some traction in the league.
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Dan Roth is a freelance sportswriter and Breaking Burgundy contributor. Follow Dan on Twitter @DanRothDC.
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