The Washington Redskins added more depth to their offensive line and, perhaps, sent a message to some of their younger offensive linemen. For the second time this offseason they signed an interior lineman, despite having a number of younger players at guard.
Washington signed offensive lineman Mike McGlynn on Friday, adding a player who has starting experience and can play all three positions.
McGlynn is viewed as someone who can provide depth, more so than as a potential starter. He has started 48 games, including four with the Bengals in 2011 when Jay Gruden was the offensive coordinator. By all accounts he struggled at guard this past season with Indianapolis, but fared better when shifted to center. At 325 pounds he’d provide more size inside; one scout said he is not an athletic player -- the Redskins will still use the outside zone runs.
But the Redskins like that he could play anywhere along the line. Also, this should be a clear message to the young guys -- Josh LeRibeus, Maurice Hurt and Adam Gettis -- that they will have zero handed to them in 2014. LeRibeus in particular should have ascended to a starter’s role by now, his third season in the NFL. But based on these moves, Gruden clearly isn’t wowed by what he’s seen of the young guards and, perhaps, LeRibeus in particular. This move should serve as a kick in the pants.