The Redskins have a lot of it with four players who have started for at least five seasons. Chris Samuels remains a perennial Pro Bowler. Even if he's not dominant, he is still very good. Derrick Dockery adds youth at left guard. Casey Rabach is a smart center.
Weakness: Age and injuries.
Three starters are at least 30 years old and two of them – Samuels and Randy Thomas – are coming off injuries. That's a problem. Rabach is a bit small for a center and that seemed to cause some issues vs. 3-4 defenses last year.
Key question: Who will start at right tackle?
Stephon Heyer will get the first chance to prove he's worthy of the job, but Mike Williams is not far behind. Jeremy Bridges could jump in, but based on what we saw in OTAs, he's behind the other two. We're not a big fan of Heyer's performance, at least not in a fulltime starting role. He has decent feet and perhaps a stronger base will help. But he needs to do a better job run blocking, especially opening cutback lanes. Our guess is that Williams will be the starter once the season opens; or, at worst, by week 2 or 3.
The verdict: If the Redskins want to improve, the line must do a better job than it did at the end of last season when they appeared aging and broken down. They've gotten a little younger, but still have too many issues to be considered a strength of the team.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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