With Phase 2 of preseason workouts taking place this week, the Washington Redskins decided it was time to confirm position changes for several players.
Despite playing tackle at Iowa, second-year man Brandon Scherff is now strictly listed as a guard after being designated as a G/T in 2015. Head coach Jay Gruden attributed Scherff's move inside to the improved play of tackle Morgan Moses.
Chris Baker is listed as a defensive end, not a defensive lineman like last year, which may take him out of the running to fill the nose tackle void left by Terrance Knighton. Baker had a career-high six sacks in 2015 and an overall improved level of play when lining up at the end position. The nose position is another area of concern for the Redskins.
As noted earlier, former outside linebacker Trent Murphy is bulking up for his transition to defensive end. This move was discussed openly by Gruden, defensive coordinator Joe Barry and Murphy himself recently. The change was influenced by the team's logjam at outside linebacker.
Veteran defensive lineman Kedric Golston will be listed as a nose tackle primarily after moving across the line during 2015. Despite entering his age-33 season, Golston may be asked to eat up space and anchor Washington's defensive line while fifth-round pick Matt Ioannidis gets acclimated to the pro level.
Certainly one of the greatest areas of concern for the Redskins is the back end of their secondary. Will Blackmon, DeAngelo Hall, Deshazor Everett and Kyshoen Jarrett are listed as safeties despite all playing cornerback for a majority of the 2015 campaign.
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