RICHMOND -- Get past Redskins headliners Kirk Cousins, DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman and focus shifts to training camp battles existing on both sides of the ball. Breaking Burgundy film analyst Paul Conner is spending the first week at training camp. His analysis of these battles based on live observations and long-standing insight of the Burgundy and Gold.
The position: Left guard
The position: Center
The contenders: Kory Lichtensteiger vs. Spencer Long
When we last left: The Redskins dealt with a musical chairs situation in 2015 largely due to injuries suffered by Lauvao and Lichtensteiger. Long took over at left guard and showed growth as the season went along. Yet Washington might want to kick him over a spot based on Lichtensteiger's age and relative ineffectiveness last season.
The battle: The Redskins are currently rotating two combinations on the offensive line: Long at Left guard with Lichtensteiger at Center. Then Long bumps over to Center and Kouandjio comes in at Left guard. We might already know where the Center battle is going seeing how glowingly Jay Gruden talks about Lichtensteiger. Gruden remarked that the veteran is very smart and quarterback Kirk Cousins rarely has to trump his calls at the line of scrimmage. Gruden also mentioned Lichtensteiger is now weighing in at 294 lbs. as Lichtensteiger has always been a little light in the pants which, at times, has made it difficult for him to anchor against bigger 1-Tech Defensive tackles.
Still, the added girth a Kouandjio-Long combination would add to the offensive line has to be enticing. Those are the only two combos rotating in with the first team as of this moment with Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff, and Morgan Moses locked in to their respective positions. The team will continue to evaluate this through the pre-season. Long, however, may have a whole other battle on his hands now that Lauvao has been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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