One week after a season-best eight Redskins appeared on ESPN.com NFC East Blogger Dan Graziano’s All-NFC East Team, the site has released its ‘All-NFC East Midseason Team.’
It’s essentially just the updated version of its weekly All-NFC East Team, considering Graziano selects his picks based on an entire season’s body of work — and not a week-by-week evaluation.
Anyway, we learned today on Graziano’s All-NFC East Midseason Team that six Redskins made the cut.
Here’s the Redskins representatives:
Quarterback: Robert Griffin III
Running back: Alfred Morris
Left tackle: Trent Williams
Center: Will Montgomery
Cornerback: Josh Wilson
Punt returner: Brandon Banks
Graziano explains his process of selecting Griffin III this time around:
“The position that causes the most weekly consternation is quarterback, which this year has been a two-man race between Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III and the Giants’ Eli Manning. Griffin has held the spot for a couple of weeks now in a close race, helped by the addition of his rushing yardage and touchdown numbers to his passing numbers. None of the division’s quarterbacks has been playing especially well over the past two weeks, so there hasn’t been much reason to change.”
What’s different from last week’s list? Graziano replaced Redskins punter Sav Rocca and right guard Chris Chester with players from the New York Giants. Ugh. Just frustrating.
Meanwhile, a couple Redskins players don’t make this list that definitely should have.
For a fourth straight week, I’ll argue that fullback Darrel Young — and not the New York Giants’ Henry Hynoski — should be on this list. Stats can tell the story, but I can respect that Graziano feels that Hynoski is more valuable to his team than Young is to the Redskins. I just respectfully disagree.
I’ll also make a case that Redskins middle linebacker Perry Riley — and not the Dallas Cowboys’ Sean Lee — should be on this list. Lee suffered a season-ending injury three weeks ago, and Riley has turned in a solid season so far playing in every game for Washington. But, again, I’ll also somewhat defer to Graziano’s rules that this is based on of an entire year’s performance, so I would expect Riley to pass up Lee here in the next couple games.
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