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After Impressive Rookie Year, Brandon Scherff Ready To Repeat

Posted Apr 21, 2016

Everything the Redskins wanted out of him from Day 1, Brandon Scherff is ready to get his second NFL season going, improving in areas that will only make him a stronger overall player.

Everything the Redskins wanted out of him from Day 1, Brandon Scherff is ready to get his second NFL season going, improving in areas that will only make him a stronger overall player.

Nowadays, first round picks, regardless of position, are expected to immediately jump in and make contributions to their team.

Sometimes, those players show their ability in flashes in limited action. Then there are players like Brandon Scherff.

The Washington Redskins surprised some when they selected Scherff with the No. 5-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, considered to be perhaps the top prospect in the draft, was still on the board.

But the Redskins zeroed in on their top target, and Scherff didn’t disappoint, playing 1,067 of Washington’s 1,068 offensive snaps during the 2015 season.

Now entering his second season with the Redskins, Scherff has advice for all of the upcoming rookies, not just the high picks.

“You’ve just got to take it one day at a time and watch how the vets that have made it here a long time, watch how they do their things, like Kory [Lichtensteiger],” Scherff told Larry Michael on “Redskins Nation.” “He’s been around a long time and he’s quiet, he’s a great guy and you just try to do what they do to become successful.”

On the night Scherff was selected, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden appointed him the team’s starting right tackle.

But after Morgan Moses’ production during the first week of training camp clearly merited a spot in the starting lineup, Scherff’s long-term plan of moving to guard was jumpstarted early.

Together, the two would start all 16 regular season games and the Redskins’ home playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, solidifying the right side of the line in the process.

“Morgan was the first guy I met here,” Scherff said. “[Director of player development] Malcolm Blacken introduced me to Morgan and ever since then we’ve been good friends and we’ve been keeping in touch over the offseason and we’re ready to get back after it.”

Scherff, Moses and their teammates returned to Redskins Park on Monday to start the first of three phases of offseason workouts.

The University of Iowa product is eager to get back into the swing of things, but he’s been hard at work ever since the season ended.

“I’ve been working out four days a week and then trying to run as much as I can,” Scherff said.

Outside of remaining strong – Scherff plans on working with Redskins head strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark more frequently in upcoming months – the 24-year-old wants to continue building on the coaching of Bill Callahan.

“He gets after you and he tries to make practice harder than the game so that when the game comes you don’t have to think you can just play,” Scherff said. “So we’re glad he’s on our side.”

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