The correlation between a player’s individual performance and winning is clear, but it was made even more obvious today when ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano released his latest All-NFC East team.
The Redskins had five players on last week’s team — which is not a week-by-week evaluation, but a reflection of an entire season’s body of work — after their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the team’s second straight loss.
But this week, after a road win against the Buccaneers to pull their record to 2-2 on the young season, the Redskins have seven representatives on the All-NFC East team, including a couple new Washington players who are making their first All-NFC East Team appearance of the season.
Here’s all the Redskins on this week’s All-NFC East Team, according to Graziano, with new players in bold:
- Quarterback: Robert Griffin III
– Running back: Alfred Morris
– Fullback: Darrel Young
– Left tackle: Trent Williams
– Center: Will Montgomery
– Outside linebacker: Ryan Kerrigan
– Punter: Sav Rocca
Griffin III had been on the first two All-NFC East teams of the season before getting bumped by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning last week.
Morris, meanwhile, has probably been hard to ignore by Graziano. He’s by far the best rookie running back in the NFL through four weeks, and is tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns with four. He’s also coming off a career-best 113 rushing yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have one of the best rush defenses in the league.
Young, Williams and Montgomery have been on Graziano’s All-NFC East Team the entire season. It’s not hard to imagine why Griffin III and Morris have been so successful running the ball.
Kerrigan, too, has been a mainstay on the All-NFC East Team this season. He leads the Redskins with 3.5 sacks and has been very disruptive when he isn’t actually making the tackle or the sack.
Graziano offered up no explanation as to why Rocca makes the list for the first time all season, but he beat out Dallas Cowboys punter Chris Jones, who made the grade last week. Through four games, Rocca has punted 21 times for a 46.1-yard average (35.9-yard net average) with a long of 61 yards.
Not making the list this week was Redskins return specialist Brandon Banks, who has appeared at both the kick and punt returner spots on the All-NFC East Team in weeks past. Banks wasn’t at kick returner for the Redskins last Sunday against the Buccaneers, but I think it’s only a matter of time before he takes a return to the house.
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