Earlier this week, Redskins center Will Montgomery explained how the blocking scheme contributed to the uncharacteristically low yards-per-carry average that the running game had last Sunday.
Among the many technical descriptions he gave, he mentioned that there were plays when the linemen were “half a block off,” in terms of picking up their man. Refining those blocks will eventually bust open the big runs that the Redskins enjoyed in the preseason.
“I think our whole team is predicated on the run,” Montgomery said. “We want to run the ball and that sets up everything else. If we’re running it then that sets up our bootlegs, keepers, and play actions. If we just had to sit back there and pass and pick up all their blitzes and stuff all that, that’s no fun all day.”
And what’s one way to ensure that these guys focus on their blocks? Go eat at the big boy table:
This is a group shot from Benihana, where the group went to eat. But this wasn’t Hightower’s treat–at least not yet.
“I wouldn’t say that I took them out,” Hightower said. “More like they took me out. They invited me, but it felt really good to be one of the guys. I feel like they’ve embraced me a little bit.”
Just like John Riggins in the glory days of ‘The Hogs,’ Hightower has earned the respect of his line. Not only is a he a downhill runner, he is also an expert at picking up his line in pass protection.
But for last night anyway, it wasn’t his turn to pick up the bill–yet.
“My time will come,” he said with a knowing smile. “I plan on having a big game on Sunday though, so I’ll be taking them out. I’ll probably be taking them out a lot this year.
Jammal Brown wasn’t pictured above, but Trent Williams was the only core member of the line missing from the meal.
But the impressive thing about this group is that it includes reserve lineman Sean Locklear and Erik Cook, tight end Logan Paulsen (who blocked on his touchdown run in Week 1), and practice squad offensive guard Eric Olsen.
Hightower is the type of player that all generations of Redskins Nation can respect: good enough to buy his jersey, but just wants to be a face in a burgundy crowd.