You’ve got to feel for ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano, who is tasked each week with putting together his All-NFC East Team.
Graziano does a great job covering the NFC East, which means he has to be realistic when looking at each position and trying to figure out which players deserve the weekly nod. One position that has seen a two-man rotation has been at quarterback, where Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning have shared top NFC East quarterback honors the entire season.
Last week, it was Manning who was considered the top quarterback in the NFC East. This week, it’s Griffin III again, after his terrific all-around performance in the Redskins’ 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Graziano also made a couple changes in regards to other Redskins players on or off his list this week. First, the list itself, and then some commentary:
- Quarterback: Robert Griffin III
- Running back: Alfred Morris
- Left tackle: Trent Williams
- Center: Will Montgomery
- Outside linebacker: Ryan Kerrigan
- Cornerback: Josh Wilson
- Punter: Sav Rocca
Redskins fullback Darrel Young has been on this list the entire season up until this week, as he was replaced by the Giants’ Henry Hynoski. I find this a bit surprising considering Young is blocking for the second-best rushing offense in the league, while Hynoski’s Giants are ranked ninth.
Also, Young has been involved more in the Redskins’ offense in recent weeks, having caught two long passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4 and catching a touchdown pass last Sunday against the Vikings. Hynoski, meanwhile, has just 21 yards receiving and seven yards rushing to his credit the whole season.
Wilson, meanwhile, has also been off and on Graziano’s All-NFC East Team the entire season, which indicates to me that he believes Wilson is having a solid season, despite the Redskins’ struggles in the secondary at times.
Graziano also said it’s been hard keeping Redskins middle linebacker Perry Riley off the All-NFC East Team of late. He said Perry has “been very disruptive both up front and in coverage. [London] Fletcher’s played well, and neither [Sean] Lee nor [DeMeco] Ryans has done anything to deserve to have his spot threatened, but Riley is worth a mention as he blossoms in Washington.”
CHIME IN: What do you think of this week’s All-NFC East Team, according to Graziano? Feel free to comment below.
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