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Montgomery Offers Depth With Versatility

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 29, 2012 – 4:38 pm

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News broke earlier this week that the Redskins had re-signed interior offensive lineman Will Montgomery, in a deal that may be more important than initially meets the eye.

With only four interior linemen on the roster for next season, the Redskins had an obvious need to address, with the ability to make other moves.  Montgomery’s proficiency at both center and guard gives the Redskins the option to target either position in the draft or free agency.

And if injuries strike again in 2012, the Redskins know that they have a quality player to fill in accordingly.

ProFootballFocus.com named Montgomery the best center in the division, and “easily the best lineman” on the team:

Center: Will Montgomery, WAS

Montgomery was easily the Redskins best lineman as he thrived in Mike Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. He didn’t allow a sack all year and opened up some significant holes for Washington’s backs. With his contract expired, the Redskins will need to find a way to keep the best C in the division around.

ESPN NFC East Blogger Dan Graziano agreed in his assessment of the All-Division team:

Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins. Kept playing well as the rest of the line crumbled around him.

In his first season as a full-time starter, Montgomery was a rock of stability in 2011.  He was one of only two offensive players to start all 16 games this season, along with right guard Chris Chester.  He also provided the type of versatility along the offensive line that this team desperately needed, splitting time between center and left guard.

Over the last two seasons, Montgomery’s 29 games ranks first on the offensive line (Jammal Brown 27, Trent Williams 24), and ties him for first on the offense.  After a successful 2011 campaign, Montgomery showed that he can handle the rigors of a 16-game season.

“I think I played well,” he said after the season.  “There’s still some things I think I could do better, but I think I gave our club a chance to win each week, and I’m only gonna get better from here.”

When asked at the time how he felt about testing the waters of free agency, Montgomery sounded noncommittal at best.

“I know how to block safeties and free techniques and Mike linebackers,” he said with a grin.  “Whatever else happens besides that, we’ll see what happens.”

And what happened was his return to the hometown team.  Check out these 2010 highlights of Montgomery, delightfully set to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” (via REDSKINrey):


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One Response to “Montgomery Offers Depth With Versatility”

  1. By 007 on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    TRENT WILLIAMS L-OT
    KORY LICHTENSTEIGER LG or WILLIE SMITH L-OT. LG
    CHRIS MYERS C/L/R G FA
    CHRIS CHESTER RG
    JONATHAN MARTIN – R-OT #39 pick

    TYLER POLUMBUS R-OT or JAMMAL BROWN L/R-OT
    MAURICE HURT LG or BRANDON WASHINGTON -L/R G #110 pick
    WIL MONTGOMERY C/RG
    NICK SUNDBURG LS

    I’m not sure either LICHTENSTEIGER ot BROWN will make it back primarily due to injuries
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    C/ L/R G CHRIS MYERS FA TEXAS would fit the zone-blocking style nicely and be a moderately priced FA. I would love for LG CARL NICKS to be a REDSKIN, but with other high priorities in FA, I’m afraid he won’t fit price-wise.

    The REDSKINS must retain their picks and not go crazy trying to reach for RG3. Take R-OT JONATHAN MARTIN if available at #39 otherwise, best available. The top FA R-OT is JARED GAITHER a stud when healthy, but still has a ?-mark on his back.

    I’m also not sure MAURICE HURT can be an adequate back-up in this league. I think the LG slot needs bolstering, and if LICHTENSTEIGER isn’t his old self, an upgrade is needed. I think WILLIE SMITH in less space will quickly become a standout LG and can start there. Instead of HURT, the back-up could be the higher fourth pick, and I would push for WASHINGTON provided he’s still on the board of course.

    I am sure ERIK COOK will not be an answer at center or guard. I do not see him surviving as a REDSKIN.

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