The offensive line of Washington commanders will look very different in 2022 compared to the last campaign. Assuming good health, the team will have two new starters at guard, with Andrew Norwell replacing the released Erek Flowers at left guard and Trai Turner replacing former stalwart Brandon Scherff at right guard.
Considering all the injuries the line has suffered in 2021, Washington’s depth has proven imperative. In the end, the commanders had eight (!) offensive lineman record at least 185 snapswith six breaking the 380 snaps threshold.
Of course, you can never have too much OL depth in today’s NFL, and the COs aren’t done adding talent with training camp in full swing.
On Friday, the team announced Rashod Hill tackle signings and Alex Akingbulu. Additionally, Washington released inside lineman Beau Benzschawl and placed legend Ryan Kerrigan on the reserve/retiree roster.
Commanders continue to reinforce their offensive line rotation.
The main takeaway here – apart from the Kerrigan news, obviously – is the addition of Hill, who spent six seasons with the Vikings and now has the chance to be part of the 53-man list of commanders during the camp.
Don’t discount the fact that Hill lasted six seasons in Minnesota. That’s an impressive feat for a former undrafted free agent (Jaguars in 2016). With the Vikings finally placed at both tackle positions after Brian O’Neill signed a massive extension and the selection of Christian Darrisaw, it was time for both sides to move on.
With the ability to play at both tackle positions, Hill joins Cornelius Lucas — and Saahdiq Charles, albeit to a lesser extent — as the other swing tackles on Washington’s roster. It’s truly shocking that Hill has gone this long without being signed, so thanks to Ron Rivera and the front office for picking him up early in camp.
No one knows if Hill makes the roster of commanders, but it doesn’t hurt to add more competition during training camp and the Southern Miss product joins a busy fishing room that includes Charles Leno, Sam Cosmi , Lucas, Charles, Willie Beavers and Aaron Monteiro.