Washington position breakdown - left tackle

Washington position breakdown: left tackle

  • 2020 nfl
  • 2020 NFL Training Camp
  • Cornelius Lucas
  • Geron Christian
  • Offensive Line
  • Offensive Tackle
  • Ron Rivera
  • Saahdiq Charles
  • washington football team
  • Washington Redskins
By David Opperman July 31, 2020 0 Comment

Position Of Youth and Concern

Left tackle, being a position of certainty for years, now has become one of concern for Washington. With former left tackle Trent Williams now in San Francisco and Donald Penn unlikely to return, the options have become limited.

Going into a  crucial year of development for Dwayne Haskins and a drastically shortened offseason, Ron Rivera has a big task ahead. So which left tackle candidate is going to step up and protect Haskins’ blind side?

Saahdiq Charles

Saahdiq Charles, 4th round pick out of LSU, was immediately drafted after the Trent Williams trade. He enters camp with near ideal weight (321) and height (6’4”) for a left tackle.

His best attributes include impressive athleticism, quick feet off the snap and his awareness to react to defenders off the edge. He needs to show improvement in his technique and consistency. Unfortunately this is potentially being slowed due to a shortened offseason.

Charles, considered a late second / early third round talent, slipped in the draft due to off field issues. Classified as a “mistake” by Charles himself, the incident is something he vows to learn and grow from.

Provided he does move on and never repeats the offense, Charles is certainly a high value choice as he brings the tools needed to start at left tackle in the NFL. Unfortunately a delayed camp drastically limited his early growth which brings to question if he can be ready by week 1.

Cornelius Lucas

Cornelius Lucas comes into camp as a six-year veteran spending majority of his career as a swing tackle. A 2014 UDFA for the Lions, eight of his 16 career starts came as a right tackle for the Bears in 2019. PFF graded most improved OL, Lucas allowed one sack and earned the Bears best run blocking grade.

How could this translate to a potential role at LT?

Although Lucas brings size he doesn’t bring the necessary quickness and footwork required of a left tackle. While showing strong athletic ability he still has some consistency issues while facing speed rushers off the edge. Showing the improvement as he did last year for the Bears it’s uncertain that can translate to the left side.

Expect Lucas to be Washington’s swing tackle while challenging Morgan Moses for the starting right tackle position.

Geron Christian

Geron Christian comes into this competition as a true wild card. The 3rd round pick in 2018 was a surpirse considering Orlando Brown was still available.

Then, a torn MCL in 2018-stripped away valuable development time last year resulting in an inconsistent 2019 season. Reportedly he’s add strength and shown a new found work ethic. The evaluation of Geron Christian entering this season is inconclusive at best.

Timon Parris

A dark horse in this completion is Timon Parris whom Bill Callahan raved about last season. Out of a small school (Stoney Brook), Parris comes with great size (6’6” and 315 pounds) and exceptional strength. Recovering from a broken leg led to a poor Pro Day. But his game tape speaks to his potential.

As more of a developmental player, the shortened offseason may hurt him the most of the group. These coming weeks he is certainly behind the curve but Ron Rivera has already spoken to his intriguing potential.

Final Thoughts

Charles brings the highest ceiling of this group while Lucas certainly infuses valuable NFL experience. As this offseason continues to prove unfavorable for the rookie Charles, Geron Christian’s progression could prove vital.

Since Lucas is best suited as a right tackle and as depth at swing tackle, Geron becomes a real starting option at left tackle for Washington. The job is Charles to win, however don’t count out Christian to be the week 1 starter at left tackle.

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