Shanahan Won’t Play Someone ‘Just To See What He Can Do’
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ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins are officially eliminated from postseason contention, but it appears likely familiar faces will continue to be on the field come Sunday afternoon.
Head coach Mike Shanahan made clear Monday that he has no intention of giving someone playing time strictly for evaluation purposes.
“Just because a guy is on the practice squad or because you’re out of the playoff race doesn’t mean somebody’s going to be elevated just to see what he can do in a game,” Shanahan said. “The best players are going to play and they’ve gotta earn the right regardless if they’re draft choices or veteran players.”
The question was specific to Washington’s trio of second-year offensive lineman.
Adam Gettis, who backs up Chris Chester at right guard, is a 2012 fifth round draft pick and has appeared in nine games this year, primarily on special teams.
Likewise, Tom Compton, who serves as backup to tackles Trent Williams and Tyler Polumbus, was taken in the sixth round last year and has appeared in 11 games without a start.
Josh LeRibeus, who is behind Kory Lichtensteiger at left guard, is the highest draft selection of the three (third round), but is also a mainstay on the team’s inactive list.
“Players know when you’re playing for the future. Players know that your job is to play the best players that give you the best chance to win,” Shanahan said. “If you want to see a team turn on you, just go start playing younger players and start playing for the future.”