Brian de la Puente visiting Redskins

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The Redskins released last year’s starting center Will Montgomery and the prevailing thought has been that Kory Lichtensteiger would be moving from guard to center for the 2014 season.

That may not be set in stone, however. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Redskins are visiting with Brian de la Puente on Wednesday.

De la Puente started every game at center for the Saints over the last two seasons and started 12 games for the team in 2011, which represented a major rise for a player who went undrafted out of Cal in 2008 and bounced around several teams before landing with New Orleans. There’s been little sign that the Saints are going to be bringing him back for another year snapping the ball to Drew Brees, though.

The Giants reportedly had some interest in de la Puente, who ranks No. 95 on PFT’s Hot 100 list of free agents. They’ve since signed J.D. Walton and several other players at other positions, although Wilson includes both them and the Saints along with the Broncos and Patriots as teams that are “strong possibilities” to wind up with de la Puente.

13 responses to “Brian de la Puente visiting Redskins

  1. Can’t run block to save his life; guess the Skins really are expecting to become a passing team.

  2. He’s a center, plugging the middle and snapping the ball should be his objective, unless you broke down the “run blocking” ability of NFL centers and analyzed.

  3. Actually would prefer lichtensteiger at Center. No need to look anywhere else.

  4. He graded out as a top 10 center last year on PFF. Stop the hate. He’s good.

    Saints are going to regret letting him go. They must be trying to get back at Drew for his $20 mil/year contract.

  5. Decent guy and true pro. Saints will have to raise another guy from ranks however I think they bring in Goodwin for this year to mentor. I guess this is the price you pay for having Drew.

  6. i rather try out Steiger out at center he can run block with the best but he was next to trent his skill will really be put on display good luck to him. and going after a player who played interior line for the saint c’mon skins lets be real haha

  7. DLP has been a good player but he was pretty terrible through most of last season. I’d prefer the Saints kept him, and if they really want to they can pull it off. But they probably already have a suitable replacement in Tim Lelito.

  8. Let me preface by saying I’ve watched ALOT of Saints film. He is a really solid pass protector. He is not very effective as a run blocker . He does have the quickness to get to the second level and is good at this. However when he has a big nose tackle covering him he usually loses ground and gets beat or he gets zero push off the line of scrimmage. Both are bad news for running backs. The Saints can upgrade here.

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