In-Depth Chart: Right Guard

Leading up to training camp, WarpathInsiders.com is taking a look at the Redskins' position by position. Our in-depth chart will continue through all of the positions. Today, a look at the right guard spot where the Redskins were let down by a lack of depth at a critical time of the season

Starter: Randy Thomas
Experience: Eighth NFL season, fourth with Redskins
2005: Started 14 games

Resume: It took Thomas a year to get accustomed to Joe Gibbs' offense, having a spotty 2004. There was some talk of Thomas being released as his play didn't justify his cap number, but that didn't last for long. He responded with a great '05 season, one that probably would have ended in Hawaii if not for the broken ankle in Week 15. In fact, the Redskins season could have ended someplace else—maybe in the Super Bowl in Detroit—had he stayed in the lineup. Thomas is the team's most versatile lineman; he power blocks, pass blocks and pulls with equal skill and effectiveness.

'06 Pressure Point: He hasn't done much with Al Saunders' new offense besides study the playbook and learn in meetings. Saunders' offense is similar enough to that of Gibbs so that it shouldn't be a huge problem, but he will have to get up to speed based more on mental reps than physical ones.

Said about Thomas: "Randy Thomas played great football for us this year. I really think he had a Pro Bowl season. He played extremely tough. He was one of our leaders in the locker room. He said it was his best year and I believe it--I only had to compare this year with last year. He had an exceptional year."—Joe Gibbs

John Keim's Inside Juice: Thomas will be fine in training camp, but the big question is how will the right ankle affect his play this year? Those injuries typically take a year to recover. He was the Redskins' best lineman last year. The good part: he says he's already back to where he was mechanically before the injury.

Depth: Ray Brown, who took over when Thomas went down last year, has retired and Cory Raymer, who had a disastrous fill-in stint when Brown was banged up in the Seattle playoff game, was cut. That leaves Mike Pucillo and seventh-round draft pick Kili Lefotu as backups. That's a rather precarious position to be in so don't be surprised if the Redskins snag some veteran depth off of the waiver wire during the course of camp.


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