Washington Redskins offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus started 15 games at right tackle last season, but he struggled with pass protection and never could find the time to work on his flaws. Now, he has spent the entire offseason focusing on the right tackle position for the first time in his career, and he hopes to win the starting job this season.
Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster acknowledged Polumbus' struggles last year, but he looks forward to seeing how he improves in training camp. From the Washington Post:
"If there was a drawback to Tyler last year, he had to solidify his protection," Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster said at last month's minicamp. "There was probably too much push in the pocket. He worked hard to correct that this offseason; we'll see how that plays out."
Polumbus is 6'8 and doesn't have long arms, so bending his knees to stay low and keeping his shoulders square is imperative if he wants to improve his pass protection. He will be competing with Jeremy Trueblood and Tony Pashos for the starting job, but Foerster thinks he has a leg up due to his hard work in the offseason. "That's what he worked on and he did a nice job of it. But he's fixed a lot of it. We'll still have to see it in the summer."