The Washington Redskins had seven representatives (at eight positions) in the first edition of ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano’s All-NFC East Team.
For those of you unfamiliar, the ESPN.com All-NFC East team is Graziano’s running list of the best players at each position in the division. This week’s list will be the only time that it is based on the performances of a single week (Week 1).
Which Redskins made the cut to start off the 2012 season? Here’s the list:
– Quarterback: Robert Griffin III
– Fullback: Darrel Young
– Left tackle: Trent Williams
– Outside linebacker: Ryan Kerrigan
– Cornerback: Josh Wilson
– Kicker: Billy Cundiff
– Kick returner: Brandon Banks
– Punt returner: Brandon Banks
Anytime you can go into the Superdome and defeat a very good New Orleans Saints team, you should get recognition like this. The Redskins did just that, dropping the heavily-favored Saints, 40-32.
To be honest — and Graziano makes this same point (to some degree) — there could’ve been a couple more Redskins that made this list.
He selected Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray this week, but Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris (96 rushing yards, two touchdowns), I’d imagine, should’ve earned serious consideration.
Graziano also tabbed two other wide receivers on his list who weren’t Redskins receiver Pierre Garçon, who had four catches for 109 yards and an 88-yard touchdown catch against the Saints — in one quarter alone (before leaving the game with a foot injury). But Graziano said because Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin “played more and caught more passes,” he gets the nod this week.
I think you could also make a case for Redskins safety DeJon Gomes, who had a team-best-tying five tackles and a key interception of Saints quarterback Drew Brees that he returned 49 yards inside the Saints’ 5-yard line.
CHIME IN: What do you think of this week’s representatives on the ESPN.com All-NFC East team?
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