RICHMOND, Va. – The Washington Redskins drafted Brandon Scherff fifth overall to play right tackle, but that doesn’t mean they won’t switch him to another position if that makes the line better.
Before Wednesday, Scherff had worked exclusively with the first line at right tackle during full-team work. On Wednesday, he took snaps at right guard with Morgan Moses at right tackle (the Redskins were in shells, not shoulder pads). Moses handled all the first-team work at tackle and Scherff took all the snaps at right guard. Spencer Long, who has been working with the first offense at right guard, handled that position with the second group.
Moses is off to a good start in camp, coming off a Lisfranc injury last season. The Redskins still don’t consider him 100 percent, but they do want to see how he looks with the first offense. They have tried almost all the players at another spot along the line, preparing for emergency contingencies and in some cases to see what spot suits a player best. Tom Compton has taken snaps in full-team work at both right guard (with the second offense) and right tackle (with the third). Long has taken reps at left guard, though not in full-team drills.
“We’re still sorting things out,” Redskins line coach Bill Callahan said. “Nothing’s settled.”
That’s a theme throughout the organization. The Redskins say they just want the best five on the field and won’t keep Scherff at right tackle if the line is better with him at guard and Moses at tackle. But they do like Long. Both Long and Scherff have had a tougher time adjusting to pass protection.
“I like his work ethic,” Callahan said of Long, “and I like the way he plays with power. He’s strong and really stout at the point of attack.”
Moses has done a better job this summer of staying low and playing with more balance and power. Scherff has struggled in one-on-one pass protection drills, particularly vs. linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
It’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds and if it was just an experimentation -- that’s one thing I was told -- or if this continues throughout camp.