The Washington Redskins selected guard Brandon Scherff with their third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The University of Iowa product has proven to be a reliable lineman for Washington, but could that change during his rookie season?
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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Football Team has placed All-Pro lineman Brandon Scherff on the reserve/COVID-19 list, adding to a squad already beset by injuries. However, another defensive lineman will return to Washington, bringing the defensive line back to near-full strength.
According to a source, Washington will activate defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, making him the sixth defensive lineman to be activated in the previous three days. As a result, Washington’s top three defensive tackles and top three tight ends will be eligible for Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Tim Settle, a reserve tackle, is still on the list, while end Chase Young is out for the season due to a ruptured ACL.
The defensive line has to be strengthened since Philadelphia leads the NFL in running yards per game. Washington also favors five-man fronts, so having its best players back will be beneficial.
Both Washington and Philadelphia are 6-7 and behind New Orleans by a half-game for the last playoff position. The Saints defeated Washington earlier this season, but they were defeated by the Eagles.
Scherff’s departure, on the other hand, will be a significant blow to Washington’s offensive line. In 2020, he was named first-team All-Pro and has been in four Pro Bowls.
He is not only Washington’s greatest offensive lineman, but he can also play center if necessary. Washington has lost its top three centers and will most likely start Keith Ismael, a second-year player, on Tuesday.
In Scherff’s stead, Washington might start Saahdiq Charles. Charles has only started one game this season, and it was at right tackle. Last season, he started one game at guard as a rookie and played two plays before getting hurt. Jamil Douglas, a fourth-round selection in 2015, was just signed by Washington as a guard/center. He’s started 11 games at right guard in his career, including five with Tennessee this season.
With starter Taylor Heinicke and backup Kyle Allen both on the COVID list, Washington’s quarterback situation remains murky. According to one source, their status will most likely be determined by tests on Tuesday. Garrett Gilbert, who was brought off New England’s practice squad on Friday, might wind up starting for Washington. Since September 13, Kyle Shurmur has been a member of Washington’s practice squad.
Gilbert, who spent two seasons in Carolina under the current Washington coaching staff, has only started one game in the NFL, with Dallas last season. However, that encounter may be the deciding factor in his decision to begin.
The delay, according to Washington coach Ron Rivera, aided Gilbert.
“I believe it’s also helping the coaches get a better sense of what he does well and what he can adapt to and adjust to,” Rivera said. “It’s also given him the chance to study a little bit more video and have a better sense of what to anticipate from them on the defensive side.”
Washington would have to depend on its run game if it lost its top two quarterbacks. That gets more difficult without Scherff. Washington has ran the ball 170 times since Week 10. During that time, Washington has gone 4-1. During that time, only three teams have ran the ball more, and all three played on Sunday.