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Morning Manny: Bryan Stork Trade Delivered Weirdness And Clarity

The Redskins traded for center Bryan Stork. If he actually shows up and if Shawn Lauvao becomes the starting left guard, the offensive line could make moves.

Manny Benton often tweets random thoughts regarding the Washington Redskins at random times of the day that typically bring interesting dialog. Now, from Monday through Thursday at around 9 a.m. you can find those Twitter-sized thoughts in "Morning Manny." Complete with explanations! 

1. Bryan Stork is a great, low-risk trade for the Washington Redskins

The Redskins surprisingly traded for New England Patriots' center Bryan Stork Wednesday. There were reports of Stork contemplating retirement. Head Coach Jay Gruden will likely clear the air on that during his Thursday presser. In the meantime, below is a quick scouting report on him based on personal study:
Strengths
  • He's a winner (ACC Champion, National Champion and started in the Super Bowl two years ago at center in which the Patriots won)
  • He's big (6ft 4, 315 lbs)
  • Competes
  • Has big 10 inch hands that he uses well
  • Technician  
  • Excels in pass protection
  • 25 years old
Weaknesses:
  • Average athlete -- doesn't consistently get to the second level fast enough
  • Short arms 
  • Sometimes overly aggressive 
  • Has a major injury history that traces back to college including three concussions in three years
I tweeted yesterday prior to the trade that one thing I've noticed is general manager Scot McCloughan isn't afraid to take risks on players with injury histories. Otherwise he wouldn't have signed guys like Junior Galette and Mason Foster. He also wouldn't have drafted players such as Keith Marshall and Kendall Fuller. I think McCloughan understands that there's value found in guys who have injury histories. Pair that with the fact Stork has Super Bowl experience and is already mad at the world, he's exactly what McCloughan looks for at bargain prices.
At the very least, Stork becomes one of the Redskins most versatile interior lineman. However, if healthy, he has high end starter potential at center. 
 
2. The Redskins should solidify their offensive line by naming Shawn Lauavo the starter at Left Guard:
Shawn Lauvao played well early last season. In my opinion, he's by far been the best left guard on the team this preseason. He's played really well. I think that Spencer Long would make a better center than guard, but there seems to be some concerns about his mental side of the game. That's a very important trait for the line's signal caller and it's likely why the team felt they needed to trade for Bryan Stork. 
Starting center Kory Lichtensteiger has been rather underwhelming. Although Stork may appear to have a few screws missing inside his head, he's an extremely intelligent player who could be ready Week One. If that's the case, go ahead and let Lauvao start while keeping Long as your versatile backup player.
Unfortunately for the team, Arie Kouandjio has been a disappointment this offseason. I tend to believe that the team was kind of hoping he'd push for that left guard spot too. Either way, Lauvao looks healthy and ready to regain his starting gig. 

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