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Your Weekly All-NFC East Team Update

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 15, 2012 – 10:05 am

(AP photo)

The Washington Redskins last week were the only NFC East team not in action, so it makes sense that they lost a couple of members from ESPN.com NFC East Blogger Dan Graziano’s weekly All-NFC East Team.

This week, the Redskins have five representatives on the list, representing a season-low total for Washington (3-6), which plays host to the Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) Sunday afternoon at FedExField.

Here’s this week’s Redskins players on Graziano’s All-NFC East Team (which is based on an entire season’s body of work and is not a week-by-week evaluation), followed by some commentary:

Quarterback: Robert Griffin III
Halfback: Alfred Morris
Left tackle: Trent Williams
Center: Will Montgomery
Cornerback: Josh Wilson

– Graziano says that Williams and New York Giants left tackle Will Beatty are “playing as well as any [left tackles] in the league.” Agreed.

– Graziano has removed the Redskins’ Brandon Banks as his All-NFC East punt returner. He replaced Banks with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris, who returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown last Sunday in the Cowboys’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Graziano explains the switch:

“And punt returner! Yes, I have said since the middle of last season that the first guy to return a kick or a punt for a touchdown during my time on this blog would win the spot by default, even if it were a big, burly lineman who caught a line drive and got lucky. Harris is not that, but on Sunday he did become the first NFC East player since DeSean Jackson in 2010 to return a kick or a punt for a touchdown. So, by the arbitrary rule I made up, he gets the spot.”

Again, I agree with this move. Up until last Sunday, no NFC East punt returner had really made any kind of splash all season, so being forced to go with someone, Graziano picked Banks for the first 10 weeks. Easier said than done, but Banks is probably one big return away from getting back on this list.

– Graziano said he “thought about Chris Chester at right guard over [New York Giants Chris] Snee, who had a rough game in Cincinnati.” Instead of thinking about it, just do it! Chester’s having a fine season for the Redskins and has been on the All-NFC East Team already this year — make Snee work for his return back.

– And, finally, Graziano gives an explanation about the Redskins’ Wilson at cornerback that I hope people take to heart:

“Wilson keeps his cornerback spot. He’s been a fine cover corner this year with one or two spectacularly bad exceptions. I’m sorry, but when I watch those Dallas corners, I don’t see what’s so great about they way they’re playing.”

CHIME IN: What do you think of this week’s All-NFC East Team? Feel free to comment below.

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