The Washington Redskins are the hottest team in the NFC, so let’s state the obvious: many of their players are performing at very high levels.
This is apparent in this week’s “All-NFC East Team” compiled by ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano, as the Redskins have a season-high-tying eight representatives on the list — which is based on an entire season’s body of work and is not a week-by-week evaluation.
Washington (8-6) had eight All-NFC East players last week, too; though there is a slight change from last week’s list to this week’s.
Here’s this week’s Redskins representatives, with a few comments below:
- Quarterback: Robert Griffin III
- Running back: Alfred Morris
- Tackle: Trent Williams
- Center: Will Montgomery
- Defensive tackle: Barry Cofield
- Middle linebacker: Perry Riley
- Cornerback: Josh Wilson
- Punter: Sav Rocca
- The difference this week is that Wilson made the cut, while guard Chris Chester — who appeared last week — did not. Graziano had this to say about the guard spot on this week’s All-NFC East Team:
“That second guard spot is a three-way toss-up for me between [the Dallas Cowboys' Nate] Livings, Chester and [the New York Giants'] Chris Snee, and I’ve been looking at Livings for several weeks now. The Cowboys’ line has been a wreck for much of the season, but Livings has been a bright spot and has played well overall.”
- Here’s my weekly plea for Redskins fullback Darrel Young to be on this list instead of the Giants’ Henry Hynoski.
- Graziano said he seriously considered putting Redskins outside linebacker Rob Jackson as one of the two at his position — over Cowboys perennial Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware:
“But I didn’t want to deal with the wrath of Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com if I dared to take Ware off the team. And I don’t think he deserves to be taken off the team. Let’s just say it says a lot about the way Jackson’s playing that it was worth thinking about.”
All kidding aside about what ESPNDallas.com would think of this hypothetical switch, it’s been Jackson who has been coming up with huge plays at critical times for the Redskins throughout their recent surge to the top of the division. He deserves tons of credit for his play in the absence of the injured Brian Orakpo.
- Graziano also gave this nugget about an encounter with a Redskins player in the locker room after last Sunday’s 38-21 win over the Cleveland Browns:
“In the Redskins’ locker room after Sunday’s game, I went over to talk to Cofield. He was talking to someone else but saw me out of the corner of his eye. “Graziano,” he said, and shook his head. “Bout time I made that All-NFC East Team.” Don’t think we’re not doing important work here, people. We’re providing motivation.”
CHIME IN: What do YOU think about the Redskins representatives on this week’s All-NFC East Team? Feel free to comment below.
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