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Redskins should not move left tackle Trent Williams to left guard:
If there's anything I've come to learn about Washington's offensive line coach Bill Callahan, it's that he isn't afraid of mixing and matching his front to find the best starting five. This became evident last year when the team drafted Brandon Scherff to play right tackle, only to move him inside following the emergence of Morgan Moses. It also was proven this year with Spencer Long, a former guard, receiving early offseason looks at center. Versatility is key. That's the primary reason this team has been able to have seamless transitions when replacing the injured along the offensive line.
Most recently, the Redskins received what initially appeared to be a major blow with Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams getting suspended for four games. But swing backup tackle, Ty Nsekhe, has done a remarkable job replacing Williams. With his success, many are wondering if the Redskins should keep him in the starting lineup. The Issue is Nsekhe is viewed as a tackle, not a potential guard. He stands at 6-foot-8, 325 pounds and plays high, which could be an issue at guard.
Williams received snaps earlier this year at guard for the first time in his career and showed that he could be pretty good at it. With those snaps at guard now on film, people are wondering if the team could kick Williams inside. That would allow the Redskins to keep Nsekhe at left tackle once Williams is reinstated in two weeks. While it's true that current LG Shawn Lauvao has struggled since returning from injury, I don't think the Redskins will or should make that change. Nsekhe has played well, but that's his gig -- to fill in when needed at tackle. If he'd like to start, he may need to start proving he can play guard. Williams was playing like the best left tackle in the league prior to his suspension.
Not to mention, the playbook opens up with Williams in the game because of his athleticism. The Redskins can return to their wide left runs and screens with him at left tackle, which in turn helps the play action game. I just don't think, at this point in the season, it makes much sense to employ drastic changes to a line that, even with its issues at left guard, is still playing extremely well.
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