A late preseason acquisition, Bryan Stork will have to learn the Redskins' offense on the fly as he looks to compete for playing time.
Bryan Stork can provide quality depth at both the center and guard postions.
Check out these photos of the newly acquired C Bryan Stork via trade with the Patriots on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.
The Washington Redskins on Wednesday announced that they had traded for Stork with the New England Patriots. In exchange, New England received an undisclosed draft pick.
It was originally reported that the Patriots were going to release Stork before the Redskins pulled the trigger on a trade that was completed shortly after 5 p.m.
If Stork decides to join the Redskins (an additional report surfaced that he was contemplating retirement), the 25-year old will join an offensive line steadily improving under the guidance of Bill Callahan.
"He's going to have to come in and learn the system in a hurry and compete," Gruden said. "We have a very good center in Kory Lichtensteiger. We love the progress of Spencer Long and Austin Reiter has done a good job so we feel good about the center position. He just became available. [Started] at the Super Bowl, played a lot of downs for New England, so we just want to take a good look at him."
Lichtensteiger has been the Redskins' starting center for the last two seasons after shifting over from the guard position.
While he's started all of his appearances over the last two years, Lichtensteiger suffered a mid-season injury in 2015 that resulted in a stint on the Injured Reserve/designation to return. In his absence, Josh LeRibeus saw his first NFL action at center, starting 11 games.
Long, meanwhile, has been given a long look at backup center duties as he competes for the starting left guard position.
"I have liked how he has really bought into it and learned and got better," Gruden said. "He's really gotten lightyears better from when he first started. When he first started, I almost didn't let him continue to play there. But the snaps… There are so many things a center has to do. It starts with the snaps, the snap count, obviously the identification, the communication is all very, very important. He's got a great skillset to be a center but there is more to it than that and he is really picking up on the intricacies of the position and he has come a long way from when he first started."
In his two seasons with the Patriots, Stork appeared in 21 regular season games with 17 starts. In a game against the Redskins last season, Stork showed his versatility taking snaps at four different positions.
He also gained the confidence of future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tom Brady.
"He's played some football and with the greatest quarterback ever, Tom Brady, and he trusts him and he's another good football player we could possibly add to our football team," Gruden said.