If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what’s five?
After they brought back Tyler Polumbus yesterday, the Redskins now have five players who have a shot at starting at right tackle for the Redskins in 2013. Here is a quick look at the field, from the player most likely to line up at right tackle when the Redskins’ season opens around Sept. 8 to the least.
Polumbus—He comes back as a flawed incumbent but it is likely that he will line up with the first team when OTA’s start in May and he will have to be knocked out. In 15 starts last year he allowed eight sacks and 46 QB hurries, both team highs. Polumbus comes in as the favorite but his body of work says that he is not a lock to be the starter.
Tom Compton—His next snap in an NFL game will be his first but the team is high on the future of the 2012 sixth-round draft pick. Compton was put on the practice squad coming out of training camp but he was moved up to the 53-man roster in midseason to ensure that another team would not poach him. He is probably the guy the team would like to win the job as he is young, has three years left on a contract that pays him a salary commensurate with a sixth-round pick (in other words, cheap), and he has the potential to be a long-term solution. But he would need a very strong push in OTA’s and in training camp to take the job.
Jeremy Trueblood—His career arc is not headed in a promising direction. He was a solid starter at right tackle for the Bucs in 2010, but his performance slipped in 2011 as he allowed 50 QB hurries. Last year he was benched and then injured. Trueblood will be 30 before the season starts so this could represent his last chance. Sometimes a change of scenery can help revive a career and that apparently is what the Redskins are hoping will happen here.
A crowded picture at right tackle for the Redskins
CSN Washington | Mar 19