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Commanders are urged to keep ‘Project’ OL on the 53-man roster

If it’s not clear at this point, it should be. The Washington Commanders have added a scythe to their roster – currently only 57 percent of the 2023 roster remains. It means there are many jobs up for grabs.

That includes several positions on the offensive line for starters and backups, and Dean Jones of Riggo’s Rag believes second-year offensive lineman Ricky Stromberg should be part of the plan moving forward and that the Commanders should include him on the 53-man roster should keep him and avoid being placed on the practice squad where he could be picked up by another team.

“Stromberg was a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft,” Jones wrote. “He was seen as a developmental project who could potentially collect reps as the campaign unfolds. After an anonymous campaign due to injury and lack of confidence from the coaching staff, the jury is still out.

“The commanders should include Stromberg in their 53-man roster as a versatile backup. If he doesn’t impress in the summer and others seize the moment, you don’t know how things will go.”


From one of SEC’s best to the commanders

Stromberg’s history as a versatile offensive line piece could elevate him to the Commanders’ roster in 2024, where he is currently listed as the backup center behind free-agent center Tyler Biadasz on OurLads.com.

Stromberg, 6-foot-4 and 306 pounds, transferred from powerhouse Tulsa Union (Okla.) High School to Arkansas, where he was a two-time All-SEC. selection and earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 2022 while starting games at left guard, right guard and center over four seasons.

The Commanders selected Stromberg in the third round (No. 97 overall) of the 2023 NFL draft, but played in only four games as a rookie after he suffered a knee injury against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8, putting him on injured reserve ended up.

“Central prospect with enough athleticism and strength to be considered scheme independent,” wrote NFL analyst Lance Zierlein in his preliminary evaluation of Stromberg in 2023. “First impressions can sometimes leave evaluators unimpressed with his lack of control; however, his process and results should grow quickly. Stromberg generates decent movement at the point of attack and is well-schooled with landmarks as a zone blocker…Stromberg has a chance to become a starting center with the flexibility to play guard if necessary.


Commanders invested heavily in the offensive line

The Commanders have made a push to invest in offensive linemen in free agency and keep quality talent on the roster — as they should have done considering they took LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels at No. 2 overall in the NFL draft 2024.

Of the five projected starters on the offensive line in 2024, three received new contracts this offseason, including big contracts for Biadasz (3 years, $29.25 million) and guard Nick Allegretti (3 years, $16 million), as well as a new one-year contract of $4 million for projected left tackle Cornelius Lucas.

Biadasz was a Pro Bowler for the Dallas Cowboys in 2022. Allegretti won three Super Bowls over the past five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and capped his time there playing his best football when he filled in for the injured Joe Thuney to lead the AFC championship to start. Game and the Super Bowl LVIII victory over the San Francisco 49ers despite playing with a torn UCL.

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