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Shake-ups On The All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 6, 2011 – 12:00 pm

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For Week 5 of the regular season, ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano compiled his all-division team.

All told, three Redskins had their named taken off the list (fullback Darrel Young, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, kick returner Brandon Banks), but one remains on the list elsewhere (Banks).  Two Redskins replaced their teammates at respective positions this week (outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and safety LaRon Landry), and one Redskins lineman managed to bump a division foe (center Will Montgomery).

That leaves the Redskins with a respectable six of the 27 awards, and generally credit where credit is due, based on the overall season picture.

Here are the Redskins recognized in this week’s addition:

CenterWill Montgomery, Redskins (David Baas)

Outside linebackerDeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Brian Orakpo, Redskins (Ware, Ryan Kerrigan)

Inside linebackerSean Lee, Cowboys; London Fletcher, Redskins (Lee, Fletcher) 

SafetyKenny Phillips, Giants; LaRon Landry, Redskins (Phillips, O.J. Atogwe)

PunterSav Rocca, Redskins (Rocca)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Fullback Darrel Young finally lost his spot as the division’s top fullback, after his second straight week of deactivation.  If this is an injury that could linger (as hamstrings do), then the coaching staff absolutely has the right idea in mind in resting him.  But I wouldn’t be surprised to see him recapture this accolade when he returns.

Graziano has consistently praised the Redskins offensive line, saying that they’re in the running for any one of the five positions:

On the offensive line, I’d had Mathis and Lichtensteiger very close for the past couple of weeks, but I just think Sunday moved Mathis past the Redskins’ guard ever so slightly. Washington’s offensive line has been underappreciated as a reason for the early success, and they get consideration at every position. (Chris Chester is playing great at right guard but trapped on this list behind maybe the best one on the league). Will Montgomery at center has been a revelation, and replacing Casey Rabachwith him might have been one of the critical moves the Redskins made in the offseason.

I correctly predicted last week that Landry’s dominant play could land him back in the top safety spot, I just didn’t anticipate it costing Oshiomogho Atogwe his spot.

I’m sure he’s upset about it.

Graziano noted as much in his analysis and gave love to Rocky McIntosh too:

Did some Redskin-shuffling on their excellent defense. I doubt Kerrigan will mind losing his spot to Orakpo, his mentor, who had a monster game. Those two could trade off all year. And I thought about rewarding Rocky McIntosh for his big game by giving him Fletcher’s spot, but Fletcher’s been that defense’s heart and soul all year and has done nothing to lose it. Oh, and I moved Landry in at safety over Atogwe because, while it’s only been two games… wow.

Banks didn’t have his best game as a returner in St. Louis, so it’s not surprising to see it cost him this week.  The beauty as a returner is that you’re usually only as good as your blockers, so when that opens up, so will his runs.  Maybe he just needs the right combination of Skittles and Snickers bars:

I keep waiting for Brandon Banks to break a big kick return, but he hasn’t done it, and I think Thomas has looked a little better overall. Banks still remains unchallenged in the punt-return category.

If another player has a big week during the bye week, it’s possible that the Redskins lose a little ground this week.  But looking over this list, it would take a big performance to knock these guys off their pedestals.

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One Response to “Shake-ups On The All-Division Team”

  1. By chris on Oct 6, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not sure why your talking like Darrel Young may not be back in full swing. There’s not doubt that he’ll be back running over who evers in front of him.

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