One week after placing eight players on ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano’s All-NFC East Team, the Washington Redskins saw three fall from that list.
Graziano today released his weekly All-NFC East Team — which is not a week-by-week evaluation, but a reflection of an entire season’s body of work — and five Washington players made the grade this time around.
Here’s all the Redskins on this week’s All-NFC East Team, according to Graziano:
– Fullback: Darrel Young
– Left tackle: Trent Williams
– Center: Will Montgomery
– Outside linebacker: Ryan Kerrigan
– Kick returner: Brandon Banks
Redskins players left off this week’s list from last week’s selections were quarterback Robert Griffin III, cornerback Josh Wilson and kicker Billy Cundiff.
Replacing Griffin III on this week’s list is New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Here’s why Graziano said he picked Manning this week:
“Through three games, Eli Manning has 264 more passing yards, a marginally lower completion percentage and one more touchdown that Robert Griffin III has. He’s thrown three interceptions to Griffin’s one, but these things happen when you actually throw the ball down the field. He’s also taken five fewer sacks. It was close last week and remains close this week, but Manning has surpassed the rookie in terms of overall body of work in 2012.”
Wilson was replaced on this week’s list by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr. Wilson has been the Redskins’ most consistent cover man this season — and has two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a defensive touchdown to his credit so far — but, with the overall problems in Washington’s secondary the past couple weeks, I suppose I see why Graziano left Wilson off this time around.
Cundiff, meanwhile, was replaced by Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, as Graziano explains:
“The kicker decision wasn’t easy, as Cundiff continues to hammer touchback after touchback and has made every one of his field goal attempts inside 62 yards. But Tynes is 10-for-10 on field goals, and for me that’s better by enough than Cundiff’s 5-for-6 to overcome Cundiff’s proficiency on kickoffs.”
Graziano also picked Giants running back Andre Brown over Redskins running back Alfred Morris. I’m not quite sure why Brown — who has played in 1.5 games this season — gets the nod over Morris — who has started all three games for the Redskins and leads all rookie rushers in yards and touchdowns. According to Graziano, “It was Morris … who was Brown’s closest competition for this week’s honor, and the simple fact is that I think Brown has been the better runner this year.”
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