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Versatile Stephon Heyer backing up both tackles

Coach Mike Shanahan has made many changes along the offensive line in an effort to upgrade a group that was considered the weakest unit on the team the past two seasons.

Although veteran tackle Stephon Heyer was demoted to second string in the shakeup, he is preparing to serve as the primary backup for projected starting tackles Trent Williams and Jammal Brown. During the morning session Wednesday at Redskins Park, Heyer played for Brown, who had a hip strain, at right tackle.

"I've been back and forth for a while, and it makes it a lot easier for me doing this now," Heyer said. "I've done it before, so you don't complain.

"You don't know what's going to happen. You've got guys who go down and you need help. And if they [the coaching staff] just choose to go in another direction, you've got to always be ready."

Heyer, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2007, was signed by the Redskins after he appeared in 50 games, including 37 starts, for the University of Maryland. He worked hard to improve his conditioning and started five games as a rookie.

Heyer, listed at 6-feet 6, 330 pounds, opened the 2008 season as the starter at right tackle but suffered a sprained left shoulder early in the season and played in only nine games. "Every year I've come down with something," he said. "Right now, I'm playing really healthy and with a lot of energy. So I'd say it's the best shape I've been in.

"Of course, you've just got to keep playing and hope and pray you stay healthy for the course of the season. It's tough, because we're always banging. The thing I've learned the most is that if you're healthy 100 percent of the time you can play to the best of your ability."

Heyer was one of only three Redskins offensive lineman (center Casey Rabach and guard Derrick Dockery were the others) to start every game last season. He started three games at left tackle and 13 on the right side.

With the fourth overall pick in the draft, Washington chose Williams to play the left side and acquired Brown in a trade with the New Orleans Saints, in part because Heyer often has struggled in pass protection. In one-on-one matchups during practice Wednesday, linebacker Andre Carter repeatedly beat Heyer.

But Heyer's versatility is important. "Because of the limitations on who we can dress and who we can't dress, you need a guy who can play both tackle positions," Rabach said. "And Stephon has got experience at both and he has started at both. That experience is huge for us."

By Jason Reid  |  August 4, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Offensive line  
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Fizz-irst

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 4, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Fiz-irst

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 4, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Fiz-irst

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

There has to be a better option... there just has to be... Check the waiver wire after the final cuts.

Posted by: tony325 | August 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Fizz-irst

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Heyer's luck to be in the NFL. Just glad he isn't starting anymore.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 4, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

How is there an extra roster spot after releasing Brennan, cause we subsequently signed John Beck?

Posted by: iubiquity | August 4, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

80 + 1(Beck) - 2(Dutch, Brennan) = 79

WRT Heyer, concur, dude is lame, but in coach'es minds "he's got starting NFL experience" which counts for a lot, probably more than it should, particularly in Heyer's case.

What I'd love to hear about is the guy who makes Heyer expendable, Selvish Capers.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 4, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 4, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Heyer is bleep-bleep terrible.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | August 4, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Heyer is hanging in there because the position is weak... more upgrades next season, let's see if he can be coached up for now.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 4, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Heyer is bleep-bleep terrible.

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

There are always some surprising veteran cuts when teams need to get down to 53, just wondering who are some candidates on the 'Skins... any ideas?

Parker and Holliday - not surprising, but feeling they aren't gonna make it.

My take is Malcolm Kelly and Philip Buchanon.

We trade away Andre Carter to the Bucs/Seahawks.

Any chance H.B. Blades doesn't make it. He's being groomed, but Robert Henson and Perry Riley are in the mix.

Posted by: saltine182 | August 4, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The Jammal Brown news is troubling. But it should serve as a "teaching moment" for all those predicting 10 wins or more this year. Building a consistent winner = having depth. This is most certainly a multi-year endeavor and requiring a long term plan.

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 4, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Heyer is bleep-bleep terrible.

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Yay, we have someone with experience....at being terrible. Does that kind of experience really count for much?

Posted by: HokiesSkins | August 4, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Heyer was one of only three Redskins offensive lineman (center Casey Rabach and guard Derrick Dockery were the others) to start every game last season..."

And this goes a long way towards explaining why the offense couldn't score. Zorn's playcalling was bad, Portis went down, Cooley went down, Moss was seeing a Canadian doctor...

JC17, as easy as it is to scapegoat him, had nothing to work with last year.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 4, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

For Heyer, versatility means he can get beat from either side.

Posted by: MadeRED | August 4, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

JC17, as easy as it is to scapegoat him, had nothing to work with last year.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 4, 2010 4:53 PM

I saw him working Zorn's balls. Remember?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 4, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse


Let Coach Shanahan take care of team matters.

We all belly-ached about Zorn and his lite approach. Coach Shanahan has been fair with all the players. Said it before, in Shanahan, we have a coach that respects players that show respect for the team. AH has gone out of his way to disrepect the Redskin org. I think it would go a long way if AH bit the bullet and fell in line, doing the same things his teammates have done all summer, and be a TEAM player. Get on the field, pass the damn test, and think team 1st, as if you're the #53rd player on the roster.

Posted by: hessone | August 4, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Saying a player has experience without saying anything else about said player is the same as saying a girl has a "great personality".

Posted by: HokiesSkins | August 4, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I saw him working Zorn's balls. Remember?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 4, 2010 4:57 PM

Sorry, pal, you've got the wrong guy. I wasn't part of your... situation.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 4, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

tried to sign off earlier... checked in and RI is starting to bum me out even more than the 'skins latest performance on the field.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 4, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I saw him working Zorn's balls. Remember?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 4, 2010 4:57 PM

Sorry, pal, you've got the wrong guy. I wasn't part of your... situation.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 4, 2010 5:00 PM

Not you Norman Einstein, JC was constantly being bombarded by Zorn's balls while Zorn was drilling the QB's.

Jesus, am I speakin' Chinese?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 4, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

No_Punt_Intended, my bad. But you have to admit, that can easily be misinterpreted.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 4, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Let Coach Shanahan take care of team matters.

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I saw him working Zorn's balls. Remember?

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Jesus, am I speakin' Chinese?

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

No_Punt_Intended, my bad. But you have to admit, that can easily be misinterpreted.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 4, 2010 5:07 PM |

I hear ya Alan. I meant nothing toward you at all. Just having fun with Zorn's famous "ball tossing" exercises.

Peas owt!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 4, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

What I'd love to hear about is the guy who makes Heyer expendable, Selvish Capers.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 4, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping that Capers can provide some depth too, Kaneohe, but John Keim wrote in his "studs and duds" column today, listing Capers in the Dud' column with the following comment...

"RT Selvish Capers » Still doing too much lunging; watched Vonnie Holliday get past him on his second step. Capers looks like a practice squad guy thus far. It’ll take him time to develop."

There's a lot of potential there with good athleticism, but still a work in progress.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 4, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Peas owt!

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Jamaal's injury is serious humble pie..Time to back off too much optimism and see what chickens hatch..The chelada is still cold, regardless..hot today..the horror...the horror...

Posted by: frak | August 4, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

bleep-bleep = parrot troll


Posted by: kaasmaster | August 4, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Heyer is bleep-bleep terrible.

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 4, 2010 4:50 PM
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correction...bleep bleep is bleep bleep terrible

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 4, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

So how is Capers doing? Have heard nothing but negatives about Heyer except that he's experienced getting beat on both the right and left sides.


Rumor has it Ladell Betts got a workout with the Broncos today.

Posted by: skinswest | August 4, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it Ladell Betts got a workout with the Broncos today.

Posted by: skinswest | August 4, 2010 5:31 PM

Wasn't a rumor -- was reported in a couple of places. Also, a workout with the Saints later.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 4, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Heyer was one of only three Redskins offensive lineman (center Casey Rabach and guard Derrick Dockery were the others) to start every game last season..."

And this goes a long way towards explaining why the offense couldn't score. Zorn's playcalling was bad, Portis went down, Cooley went down, Moss was seeing a Canadian doctor...

JC17, as easy as it is to scapegoat him, had nothing to work with last year.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 4, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You forgot to include the JC excuses for the other years he played bad.

Posted by: leevi98 | August 4, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Heyer is a dud who Cerrato said all that was needed was for Heyer to get lower-body stronger. He never did and he can't because he's not built that way. There's no leverage in his lower body and he's got a real high center of gravity. Look for him to be cut. Back-up my butt.

Posted by: getitritegov | August 4, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Insider "over the limit" for annoying users

Posted by Mike Florio on August 4, 2010 4:01 PM ET

As NFL preseason kicks into gear, the Washington Post's "Redskins Insider" has been called out by an anonymous poster for egregious roster violations.

In a recent expose, the number of pimply-faced interns posting to maintain web traffic, generate conflict among regular users - and thus increase advertising dollars - is far in excess of the mandated 80 handle limit.

And that's not even taking into account the roster cuts required to meet the 53 handle limit for the regular season.

For pennies per comment, outsourced teenagers living in suburban basements have engaged in rampant posts, providing a false sense of self esteem when other users respond to their plaintive cries for help.

Redskins Insider sources have provided a preliminary list of posters who may have participated in this scheme. Experts in the field were astounded by the sheer scale of effort involved.

Washington Post editors responded to our inquiries, stating "Buzz off... we're more interested in Kaplan Testing, since we're really more of an educational testing company at this point."

Despite the perceived unfairness of performance enhancing anonymous handles, such practices are believed to be widespread in the blogging community.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 4, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Heard on the way home that Plaxico should get out in 2-3 weeks. Do we go after him? I'd say yes in a big way.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 4, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

nice post about Heyer until.... "In one-on-one matchups during practice Wednesday, linebacker Andre Carter repeatedly beat Heyer."... LMAO

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | August 4, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Heard on the way home that Plaxico should get out in 2-3 weeks. Do we go after him? I'd say yes in a big way.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 4, 2010 5:45 PM
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well, we'll at least know "who shot ya"

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 4, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Despite the perceived unfairness of performance enhancing anonymous handles, such practices are believed to be widespread in the blogging community.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 4, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse
Wow, great story, moo. I wonder if the commish is planning any 4-game suspensions for a first offense. But then, we know some of these are not first-time offenses. Perhaps a few suspensions for the season would clear up some of this.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 4, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

.You forgot to include the JC excuses for the other years he played bad.

Posted by: leevi98 | August 4, 2010 5:39 PM

He never had a bad year. He had bad games, but overall he played average--which was better anyone else on offense last year.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 4, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

heyer bends at the waist instead of bending the knees and getting his butt low. pretty rudimentary flaw.

Posted by: drewkinnear | August 4, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 4, 2010 5:43 PM

Now THATS a good fake Florio article. BeantownGreg needs to take lessons from you.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 4, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone following all the horse droppings in the Snyder interview over at Hogs Haven?

Are we supposed to believe that Joe Gibbs recommended Vinny Cerrato to take over the team when St. Joe bailed? Really?

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 4, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Beeps...

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 4, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"In one-on-one matchups during practice Wednesday, linebacker Andre Carter repeatedly beat Heyer."

In a one on one, the fast guy usually beats the big guy. Not the same thing as getting beat in a scrimmage or a game. Particularly with zone-type blocking.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 4, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to know that Heyer can perform poorly at both left *and* right tackle.

Posted by: SkinsFaninCanada | August 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

rabach backing up heyer's comments.. he himself knows like heyer he is no good and should be replaced. heyer is not a good run blocker and at best mediocre in pass protection, capers who has physical talents is still a work in progress,rinehart who gets little bad press is another high round(3)guard who has did absolutely nothing even thomas and kelly have shown flashes if williams had not came down with the blood clots rinehart would be released this year if he can't step it up.

Posted by: wathu19 | August 4, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Stephon Heyer = Richie Petitbon

Posted by: mmurchison | August 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

"......Heyer often has struggled in pass protection. In one-on-one matchups during practice Wednesday, linebacker Andre Carter repeatedly beat Heyer."

Soooooo--WTF are we keeping him for? as another poster stated: there has GOT to be someone else out there ....he wasn't drafted for a reason.......

Posted by: tabtool | August 5, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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