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Numbers Swelling On All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 1, 2011 – 10:51 am

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As the Redskins start to find their mid-season stride, they’re also starting to gain national attention, both individually and as a team.

In this week’s edition of the Dan Graziano ESPN NFC East Blog All-Division Team, the Redskins secured each of last week’s selections and added and extra spot.  On this week’s list, there are nine Cowboys, seven Eagles, seven Redskins and four Giants.

Here are your Redskins:

Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young)

Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)

Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Brian Orakpo, Redskins (Ware, Ryan Kerrigan)

Inside linebacker: London Fletcher, Redskins; Sean Lee, Cowboys (Fletcher, Lee)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Steve Weatherford)

Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Yes, to clear up any confusion, there are technically only six Redskins, unless Banks has a twin back on kick returns.  But seven spots, it seven spots, and that’s two more than they had two weeks ago.

Despite seeing his 20-game streak without a touchback ended on Sunday, Redskins punter Sav Rocca still regained his throne as top punter in the land.  In terms of total performance this year, he’s probably been the most consistently productive, and still ranks second in the NFC in punts downed inside the 20.  I’ve championed his return to this list for several weeks, and was pleased to see Graziano’s explanation for his change from Steve Weatherford:

I also took Weatherford’s punter spot away from him for his dumb fake-punt attempt — the one Tom Coughlin openly ripped in his postgame news conference. Weatherford/Rocca is a close race anyway, so that wasn’t the only factor, but it was a enough of a tiebreaker for this week, for me.

The other change for the Redskins was at outside linebacker, where there was a Ker-Rakpo switch.  Kerrigan and Orakpo are both playing exceptionally well, with 54 and 47 tackles, respectively.  But the numbers that count the most for their position are the sack totals, and Orakpo is back in the lead by a half-sack.  Therefore, he takes the weekly cake:

And a couple of intra-team switches at safety and outside linebacker. I can only assume that the competition for a coveted spot on the All-Division Team is providing extra motivation and friendly competition between Sensabaugh and Elam in Dallas and between Orakpo and Kerrigan in Washington. What can I say? Happy to help, fellas.

One other player that has been playing out of his mind as of late, is new starting inside linebacker Perry Riley.  With only three starts under his belt and five games to go, there’s no way that he’ll crack this list this season, but watch out for him next year.  His 42 tackles through three starts are the best on the team over that stretch.

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