20 Questions in 20 Days: Starting O-Line

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Our 20 questions in 20 days series features staff writers answers pressing questions heading into Training Camp

Question 3: What will the starting offensive line be in Week 1?

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MICHAEL EISEN: The following is based on the assumption that Will Beatty will be healthy enough to practice when camp opens, Chris Snee has no recurring issues with his elbow and no one is injured in training camp. Should that all happen, the starting line will likely be, from left to right tackle, Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Snee and Justin Pugh. Charles Brown, John Jerry and rookie Weston Richburg could all contend for a starting job once camp opens.
JOHN SCHMEELK: I'm sticking to my guns on Weston Richburg at center. Will Beatty will be healthy enough to play LT. Justin Pugh will man the right side. Geoff Schwartz will man the LG spot with a healthy Chris Snee playing his right guard position.
DAN SALOMONE: The health of two key veterans will dictate this -- left tackle Will Beatty, who is coming off a fractured leg in the 2013 season finale, and right guard Chris Snee, who is rehabbing from offseason surgeries (hip and elbow). For most of OTAs and minicamp, Charles Brown and Brandon Mosley filled in at their positions, respectively. Meanwhile, Geoff Schwartz manned left guard, J.D. Walton took center, and Justin Pugh is holding down right tackle, where he started all 16 games as a rookie last year. I think if Beatty and Snee are healthy enough to play, you put them back into that lineup and that’s what we see in Week 1.