Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Changing of the Tackle

Jon "The Rock" Jansen, the longest tenured Washington Redskin has recently lost his starting job to second year player undrafted free agent Stephon Heyer. Jansen has been battling various injuries since 2004 where he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the HOF game. He came back the next year and broke both of his thumbs but was able to somehow still play. Last year during the season opener Jansen dislocated his ankle (see picture below) and was placed on IR after.
"The Rock" has apparently crumbled over the years and Jansen will now be a utility backup playing both Guard and Tackle. The only thing that worries me about that decision is that Jansen has never taken a snap at Guard. We still have Fabini if 32 year old Randy Thomas or 35 year old Pete Kendall go down but the fact of the matter is the "Dirtbags" are getting old fast. We should have drafted some lineman this past year instead of 3 WR's but thats a blog for another day.
Heyer has a lot of potential and he played well last year against some of the leagues premier pass rushers (Osi Umenyora and Michael Strahan). He unfortunately couldn't produce during the most important game of his NFL career against Patrick Kerney, Darryl Tapp and the Seattle Seahawks. I truly believe the kid is a diamond in the rough but this years Stephon hasn't played like last years Stephon. I understand Heyer was hurt in the HOF game against the Colts and he's been nursing a strained knee but the preseason is over and the games count now. If any Coach out there can maximize Heyer's potential it's Coach Buges.
I doubt the coaching staff reads my blog but if any of you read my previous 47-3 post after the Panthers game you know how I currently feel about our line. I have faith in Bugel and the guys to get their act together and buckle down now that play time is over. We have a tough opening schedule this year and if the guys can't give Campbell some time to throw it's going to be a long year.

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