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The Redskins New OG" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHogs Haven homepageHorizontal - WhiteHogs Havena Washington Redskins communityFollow Hogs Haven online:Follow Hogs Haven on TwitterFollow Hogs Haven on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchHogs Haven main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsRedskinsMastheadOddsShopCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTValuable Information Provided By Auston MatricardiGabe Ward: I think it’s safe to say that a lot of Redskins fan’s scratched their head with him being selected in the 4th round simply because they weren’t familiar with him.Could you give us any insights into Martin as a teammate and player? What was his story at Indiana?Auston Matricardi: From everything that I’ve heard and seen Cheap Dwayne Haskins Jersey , Martin is a great teammate; he’s a leader, and he’s a guy that works hard. He was a team captain in his final two seasons as a Hoosier, and received a handful of academic honors over the course of his college career. Overall he seems like the kind of guy that you want on your team — just a good dude. On top of all of the on-field or locker room stuff, he also started a dog rescue with his mom about a year ago.Gabe Ward: When healthy the Redskins have a really good offensive line. It’s anchored by Pro Bowlers Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff, and also has solid starters at C and RT.I expect that Martin will get every chance to compete for the LG spot, and, boy, do the Redskins need an upgrade there!Can you tell us if you think he can start in the league, and what his strengths are as a lineman?Auston Matricardi: I think Martin has the ability to start in the league, especially if he’s surrounded by quality players. He’s not a terribly athletic player, but he’s big, he’s strong, and he’s smart, and I think that’ll be more than enough to get him time on the field. The one thing that he’ll need to improve on is his quickness. As I said, he’s just a ‘so-so’ athlete, and he got by with that in college because of his intelligence and his brute strength. That gives him a starting point as a pro, but he’ll obviously want to build on that, and should be more than capable of doing so.Gabe Ward: From his highlight reel, it seems like Martin is a tough, physical player. I saw him pancake a few guys, so it looks like he has a bit of nasty in him as well. We love that over here at Hogs Haven. The Redskins run a power scheme where strength, technique, and power are important.How do you think Martin will fit into that? What kind of blocking scheme did Indiana run, and how would you describe his pass blocking ability vs. his run blocking ability?Auston Matricardi: You hit the nail on the head. He does have a bit of nasty in him on the field. Martin should fit right into Washington’s scheme, which is almost certainly why they drafted him where they did. During Martin’s career, IU mostly ran a zone blocking scheme, but the scheme did vary a little, and he should be able to adjust to a new system. As far as pass blocking vs run blocking goes, he’s capable in both. He didn’t allow many sacks as a Hoosier, and his ability to overpower his opposition was evident in the running game.Gabe Ward: One of the biggest issues for the Redskins as a whole, but for the offensive line, in particular, has been health. Injuries have decimated this team for the past two seasons, and the OL has been front and center in that. Do you know of any injuries Martin had while at Indiana? Would you describe him as a durable player? Auston Matricardi: Martin is extremely durable. He played in every single game for the Hoosiers from 2015-2018 — 50 in total — starting 43 of them. He’s one of only four Hoosiers to ever play in 50 career games. Over the course of time, he became a guy that the Hoosiers relied on to be in the lineup every single week to help offset the injuries to teammates around him. By his senior year, he was the rock of the offensive line.Gabe Ward: If Martin does get playing time, he will be tested by some of the best early and often as he goes against the defensive fronts of the NFC East.Tell us what you think his potential is.In other words, will he be an average starter? A Pretty good player? Perhaps a diamond in the rough like Andrew Norwell or Shaq Mason?Auston Matricardi: Martin probably won’t be a Pro Bowl/All-Pro caliber player. What he should give Washington is a contender for the starting left guard position that has the potential to grow into a solid starter after getting used to playing at the NFL level.Gabe Ward: A few years ago (2014-2015) Indiana was one of the best rushing teams in the BIG 10, if not college football overall. Of course, they had talents like Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard. What have been the issues with the Indiana run game in the years since? Has it been lack of talent at RB, OL talent, or scheme issues? What role does Martin’s performance play in this regard?Auston Matricardi: After Coleman and Howard, there was a drop off in talent at the running back position Dwayne Haskins Washington Redskins Jersey , but players like Devine Redding, Morgan Ellison, and now, Stevie Scott, were, and are, still serviceable. The downturn in IU’s rushing production comes from more than that. When the transition from Kevin Wilson to Tom Allen occurred, both Greg Frey, IU’s offensive line coach at the time, and Deland McCullough, IU’s running backs coach, left the program for bigger jobs, which hurt quite a bit as they were both pretty well respected. IU also changed offensive coordinators, which didn’t help. All in all, the circumstances were basically a perfect storm for a downturn in rushing production for the Hoosiers. If there was anything that wasn’t an issue for the Hoosiers, it was Martin. He was a stalwart despite everything else going on around him.Gabe Ward: If you could use a few word to describe the player the Redskins are getting in Wes Martin what would they be?Auston Matricardi: I’d say that the Redskins are getting a smart, strong, high character guy.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="tijq9v">I want to thank Auston again for his time spent answering my questions about Wes Martin. I think Martin is a really interesting prospect, and I will be particularly interested to see how fast he can learn and develop. The Redskins desperately need help at LG, and though I would change nothing about how they conducted their draft, I remain skeptical that a 4th round OG is the answer. For the sake of the Redskins offense, though, I hope Martin can turn into ‘the guy’ and I hope he takes the bull by the horns and runs with it. As a formatting note, I would have liked to have included Auston in the main byline as I have done in years past, but the new editor restricts permissions to do that. This is, at minimum, a 50/50 endeavor, with the bulk of the thinking and writing coming from the people gracious enough to answer me, and I want to make sure they get their credit. I’ll likely be including this note for the rest of the series.Six games - the best & worst this weekend The 5 o’clock club is published Wednesday to Saturday during the season, and aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.So, what’s this article about?In a weekend where the Jets - Browns game was the most-watched Thursday night game since 2015, there seems to be a dearth of really great matchups, but looks can be deceiving.Who would’ve thought that a game involving the Browns, going into the game 1-33-1 since the start of the 2016 season, would be so much fun to watch?Here’s the deal... I’ll give you six games below.Each of the six — like the Jets vs Browns game — has the potential to be a real stinker... or a surprising treat.In the comments section, nominate the BEST game of the group and the WORST game of the group, and — of course — tell us why.NY Giants v Houston TexansUnless we see the third tie of the season here in Week 3, one of these teams will fall to 0 - 3.This offseason, both teams had a lot of people picking them as division winners and playoff contenders, and each team had a significant number of doubters.(Personally, I had the Giants pegged as a sub-.500 club and I picked the Texans to win their division). This is a critical game for both teams in terms of keeping the season and any real playoff hopes alive (yes, I know about the Chargers).Is this just a turd of a game between two teams that suck that no one can polish, or is it a drama-filled contest where the winner will have the opportunity to turn its season around?Injury Report:Pittsburgh Steelers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers (MNF)The Steelers were the almost automatic offseason favorite to win the NFC North for fans and journalists who tend to just project last year into this year.Meanwhile Dwayne Haskins Jersey 2019 , with Ryan Fitzpatrick opening the season in place of the suspended Jameis Winston, not much was expected of the Bucs.At the moment, Tampa bay is one of only two undefeated NFC teams, and they lead the division (with the Saints & Falcons playing each other this week).Pittsbugh is dead last in the AFC North.Lev Bell hasn’t shown up to play, Antonio Brown was disciplined for skipping practice.Will we see Ryan Fitzpatrick embarrass Big Ben’s team?Will the Steelers finally show up to play a game in 2018?Is this going to be a slugfest between two talented teams; a lopsided win when the reality sinks in that either Fitzmagic really isn’t this good, or the Steelers really are this bad; or will it be a stinker of a game when we realize that this is just a contest between two bad teams?Dallas Cowboys v Seattle SeahawksThe Seahawks are winless.The only reason that the Cowboys aren’t is that somebody had to win last week’s game against the Giants.At the end of this game, these two teams will have a combined record of 2-4.If the Cowboys lose this game, they’ll still be ahead of the Giants, but if the Seahawks lose, they’ll remain tied with the Cardinals as winless teams in the basement of the NFC West (or take over the basement if Arizona can squeeze out a victory against the Bears).Dallas is currently in a three-way tie for the lead in the NFC East, so their season is very much alive, and they have the chance to go to Seattle and put the Seahawks playoff hopes to rest along with all memory of the Legion of Boom.Is there enough hope left that Russell Wilson can rally his team to a home victory and push a mud-pie into the face of the visiting Cowboys to make this an interesting game for Redskins fans who love to see Dallas lose, or is Pete Carroll’s team — who have lost two road games to the Broncos and Bears — simply made up of traffic cones and crash dummies who are no-hopers ready to roll over for Jason Garrett’s silver and blue squad?Injury report:Indianapolis Colts v Philadelphia EaglesThe question here is: How good are the Bengals?If the 2-0 Bengals are the powerhouse of the AFC North, then maybe the Colts are a lot better then anyone thinks.If they are, then this could be a great game.If they aren’t, then it could be a massacre, which would have the unfortunate effect of wounding the pride of the Redskins and their fans.Of course, some of the drama in this game will revolve around the return of Carson Wentz to the role of starting quarterback for the Eagles.Does that, alone, make this a watchable game, even if the Colts prove to be an unworthy adversary?If the Eagles blow these guys off the field, I don’t wanna see that, but if they can give Philly the treatment that the Eagles got from Tampa Bay last week, then it could be a lot of fun to watch.Injury report: Tennessee Titans v Jacksonville JaguarsThe Titans lost to Miami by a touchdown in Week 1 and beat the Texans by a field goal in Week 2.Miami is 2-0 and leading the AFC East; Houston is 0-2 and firmly in control of the basement in the AFC South.What kind of team is Tennessee?Jacksonville just came off a hard-fought and emotional victory against the Patriots after playing the Giants closer than they should have in Week 1.Jacksonville has a fearsome defense, but this is a division game, which means that all bets are off. The Titans swept the Jaguars last season — a season in which Jax went to the AFC championship game (and nearly won).The Titans actually lead the series all-time 26-20.Will this be a classic division battle between two fairly evenly matched division rivals, or will the Titans simply be a bump in the road as the Jaguars make their inexorable march to the superbowl in February?Leonard Fournette and Jalen Ramsey are both fighting injuries and listed as questionable to play.Injury report:Los Angeles Chargers v Los Angeles RamsThe Chargers lost a shootout to the division rival Chiefs in Week 1 when Mahomes tossed 4 touchdowns, then pushed aside the Bills in Buffalo last week. In the Battle for Los Angeles, do the Chargers have what it takes to give the Rams their first loss of the season? After all, while the Rams are undefeated, their two wins have come against two winless teams — the Raiders and the Cardinals. Yes, the Rams outscored their opponents 67-13, but that was against two new head coaches, one of whom had been out of football for the past decade, and has a team full of guys who were playing when he last coached. Normally, I’d say this game has “upset” written all over it, but with an injured Joey Bosa ruled out of the game, the Chargers’ chances are reduced — maybe to nil. Hell, maybe this will be the blowout that Rams fans seem to expect. Injury report:With the 49ers a likely loser to the Chiefs this week, Sean McVay’s team has the opportunity to establish a stranglehold on the NFC West here in Week 3. Is there any chance that they falter against the lighning bolts?
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