Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Blogger Blitz: Can Redskins protect RG3?
By Dan Graziano
It's easy to come away from a couple of days at Washington Redskins camp impressed with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. It's also easy to see that the Redskins face some issues with the offensive line that's in charge of protecting him. This is the topic of my Blogger Blitz video for the week, which was ironically filmed in a dorm lounge at Lehigh University, the site of the Eagles' training camp. I keep writing this stuff because it helps me remember where I am from day to day.
Anyway, yeah, Redskins' offensive line. Played OK last season when everyone was healthy, they got relatively good news on the health of right tackle Jammal Brown and they expect left guard Kory Lichtensteiger to be back in time for the start of the season. So if those guys are both OK and can stay that way, there's a chance things could be all right. But just because Brown doesn't need surgery on his hip doesn't automatically mean that hip will be healthy enough to allow him to be a productive player for them all year. And just because Lichtensteiger doesn't have knee-ligament damage doesn't mean he won't have another setback or be slow to regain his own form. The Redskins believe they have more depth than they did last year that these positions, if only because guys like Tyler Polumbus, Maurice Hurt and Willie Smith got some experience as starters last season. But if the line looks shabby in late July and early August, it's reason for a certain degree of concern.
In related news, John Clayton has his observations from Redskins camp, where I ran into him yesterday. And my Redskins "Camp Confidential" is on the schedule for Thursday, so keep an eye out for that. It should be great, but I can't be sure, since I haven't started writing it yet. Wait. Did I say that out loud?