For Week 3 of the regular season, ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano compiled his all-division team.
Ironically, as the Redskins continue to win with team efforts, individuals continue to pick up accolades.
This week, the Redskins secured eight of the 27 awards, up two from last week and three from the start of the season. Graziano notes that the best-of-the-best are starting to come into focus as we get further into the season.
Here are the Redskins recognized in this week’s edition:
Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young)
Left guard: Kory Lichtensteiger, Redskins (Lichtensteiger)
Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys, Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins (Ware, Kerrigan)
Inside linebacker: Sean Lee, Cowboys; London Fletcher, Redskins (Lee, Greg Jones)
Safety: Kenny Phillips, Giants; O.J. Atogwe, Redskins (Phillips, Jarrad Page)
Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Rocca)
Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
A pretty good spread of the Redskins top-performers so far. And better yet, the team has yet to yield a spot to anyone else in the division.
Young was an obvious pick this week, thanks to an offensive performance that yielded more than 170 yards on the ground. This running game has the ability to not only open up the passing game, but also to carry the offense all by itself for stretches.
As a unit, the offensive line played much better this week , and certainly benefited from the contributions of Lichtensteiger on the interior. Hard to complain with a group that blocks well for the running game, holds the opposing defense to one sack, and helps fight heartburn all at the same time.
Kerrigan is rolling so far, backing up his amazing debut with his first NFL sack in Week 2. It’s understandable that he may get exposed to tougher matchups than he’s seen and struggle, but that certainly hasn’t happened yet.
The Redskins needed to slam the door shut on the Cardinals in the second half on Sunday, and that’s exactly what defensive captain London Fletcher did, snagging his 17th career interception. He also played lights-out football, collecting 16 tackles through the first two games.
This was Atogwe’s first mention on the list, and it’s well-deserved. Through the first two games in Washington, he’s posted eight tackles in the secondary with a pass defensed. His play should only improve once the Redskins get a healthy LaRon Landry back as his tag-team.
And lastly, we have nearly a clean sweep of the specialists, as Rocca and Banks hold on to their spots at punter and returner, respectively. Rocca continues to impress, landing six of his nine punts this season inside of the 20. Additionally, he has maintained a nearly 42 yards-per-punt average, which is better than either punter the team had last year.
He also can lay some wood on returners.
Graziano also listed several more Redskins among his regrets and runners up section, including Trent Williams:
The best left tackle I saw in Week 2 was Washington’s Trent Williams, but he was too shaky in the opener to grab the spot ahead of the ever-steady Peters. Kareem McKenzie on the right side had an uncharacteristically poor game for the Giants, and the rookie in Dallas has looked extremely good so far.
He was also complimentary of Will Montgomery at center:
At center, tough game for the rookie Kelce in Philly. I gave strong consideration to giving this spot to Washington’s Will Montgomery for his work in the run game, but he looks too vulnerable to an inside pass rush.
Still no love for tight end Fred Davis, who remains behind Jason Witten in the division. The two have very similar stats so far, but Davis out-paces Witten in yards per catch, and he’s also scored a touchdown this year.
Fred Davis: 11 catches, 191 yards, 17.4 ypc, TD
Jason Witten: 13 catches, 212 yards, 16.3 ycp
It’s not a travesty, but it’s very close. The world will see how they match up head-to-head on Monday night.
Congratulations to all, until next week.
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