Redskins Compromised O-line vs. Cowboys

Sep 24, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; The Washington Redskins offense lines up against the Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are coming to FedEx Field Sunday for a big NFC East division game. After losing to the Eagles on Monday Night Football, the Washington Redskins offensive line is hurting. All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams, All-Pro right guard Brandon Scherff, right tackle Morgan Moses and center Spencer Long all have injuries to some degree. Hopefully, some of the aforementioned players will heal up enough to play in the game Sunday against Dallas. Bill Callahan, assistant head coach and offensive line guru, has to work his magic and have the Redskins offensive line ready to pass-protect and run-block by game time to face off against their arch rival Cowboys.

Besides those four starters, the Redskins have starter Shawn Lauvao at left guard. Then there is Ty Nsekhe, 338 lbs., 6’8″ tall, but he is suffering from a core muscle. Versatile guard Tyler Catalina is presently under concussion protocol, but could possibly be cleared by the doctors to play. He is 6’6″ tall, 325 lbs. and reminds me of another Redskins player who wore jersey #68, Super Bowl champion Russ Grimm of “The Hogs.”

Catalina can play left and right tackle, left and right guard and even goes in before practice to work on snapping the football if needed as an emergency center. He said, “I have to prove myself and battle every day. The more I can do, the better.” Catalina is more than a backup. He is a “starter in waiting.” The Cowboys game on Sunday may be his NFL debut. Catalina has worked hard on technique, is a powerful run-blocker and probably can open holes so Redskins running backs can run on the Cowboys. Since he went undrafted, he has that chip on his shoulder to prove to everyone he should have been drafted.

Chase Roullier is a rookie, backup center to Spencer Long, and he can also play guard if needed. T.J. Clemmings is a tackle with 3 years experience. On the practice squad, the Redskins have Alex Balducci and “The Great Dane” Andreas Knappe who is 6’8″ tall and 325 lbs. Both need more training and practice, but are good prospects for assistant head coach Callahan.

The Redskins “walking wounded” are still better than most defensive front sevens. I believe Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses will play as much as they possibly can versus the Dallas Cowboys. I also believe Catalina and Roullier will be called on to play in the game. WE WANT DALLAS! BEAT THE COWBOYS!

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