In 2010, the Redskins' pass protection unit yielded 46 sacks and did not produce a 1,000-yard running back. That made bolstering the offensive line a team priority this offseason.
Along with a question mark at right tackle, the Redskins face some uncertainty at right guard as well.
Most of his five-year career, Montgomery has served as a backup and spot starter, though. It remains to be seen if he can be the long term solution at right guard.
Once free agency begins, the Redskins could potentially sign a starter at right guard. They may also look to add depth.
In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Redskins used 11 of their dozen picks to solidify other needs instead of the offensive line. It was not until the seventh round (217th overall) that the team selected
Hurt has a reputation as a good run-blocker, but scouts say pass-blocking concerns caused him to tumble in the draft.
“You can’t address every need in the draft,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “But the one guy we did add – Hurt from Florida – we really like him. I think he will bring something to the table. You can’t add enough depth at every position, but we did add some depth.”
Lichtensteiger signed with the Redskins in the 2010 offseason and helped solidify left guard, taking over for veteran Derrick Dockery.
Appearing in all 16 games, with 14 starts, Lichtensteiger is expected to retain his starting job.
Lichtensteiger and left tackle
Despite some nagging injuries, Rabach has been durable since joining the team in 2005. He has only missed one game during that span.
Hicks could return as a backup at both guard and tackle. That versatility could give him an edge in preseason.
It’s unclear what role Hurt will have on the 2011 Redskins, but he is coming to a team looking for upgrades on the offensive line.
“I’m just ready to come in and play wherever I’m needed,” Hurt said on April 30 after he was drafted. “I think I’m pretty quick, I know I play with a lot of passion. I am physical. I just love the game."