Offense, defense and special teams.
If you’re strong at all three, you have a pretty darn good football team.
The Washington Redskins learned tonight that at least one representative from all three phases of their team were elected to the 2013 Pro Bowl.
The league announced that quarterback Robert Griffin III, left tackle Trent Williams and linebacker/special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander were named to the 2013 NFC Pro Bowl roster. Additionally, linebacker London Fletcher and running back Alfred Morris were named Pro Bowl alternates.
Griffin III, an MVP and Rookie of the Year candidate, has taken the league by storm since his Week 1 performance in the Redskins’ win over the New Orleans Saints. The 2011 Heisman Trophy award winner from Baylor – the first Redskins rookie quarterback ever selected to the Pro Bowl – ranks at or near the top in the NFL in several statistical categories:
- First in least interceptions (5)
- First in yards per pass attempt (8.27)
- First among quarterbacks in rushing attempts (114) and rushing yards (752)
- First in yards per rush attempt (6.6)
- Second in quarterback rating (104.1)
- Second in interception rate (1.3)
- Third (tied) in third-down passer rating (96.4)
- Fifth in completion percentage (66.4)
- Sixth in fourth quarter rushing yards (300)
Williams, meanwhile, has been tasked with keeping Griffin III’s blindside clean the entire year. The 2010 first-round pick (fourth overall) and two-time team captain helps anchor a Redskins’ offensive line that ranks first in the NFL in rushing yards per game (162.3), yards per play (6.2), yards per pass attempt (8.41) and fourth-down conversions (12), among several other statistics.
Alexander is perhaps the feel-good story for the Redskins’ Pro Bowlers, as he’s been very deserving in years past, but was never selected. The athletic Cal product has played several positions in his career, but has always been a stud on special teams. This season, he ranks first in the NFL in total special teams tackles (19) – and, when he’s not making the play, he’s taking up a double team that frees up a teammate to make a play.
Fletcher, meanwhile, has been the model of consistency at linebacker in the NFL for years. The 37-year-old – who has never missed a game in his 15-year NFL career – has been playing a large chunk of the season with a hurt ankle, but continues to perform at a very high level. He ranks tied for second in the NF and ties for third in the NFL in assisted tackles (54) and seventh in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in total tackles (128).
Finally, if one would’ve looked at the Redskins roster during training camp and was asked to pick their future Pro Bowlers, it’s likely that Morris wouldn’t have been on that list. But he’s been a quiet star in the making for the Redskins since his first-career start vs. the Saints, and has simply put up the best rushing campaign by a Washington rookie ever. The sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic also ranks at or near the top in the NFL in several statistical categories:
- Second in 10+ yards gains rushing (46)
- Third in rushing attempts (302)
- Fourth in rushing yards (1,413)
- Fifth in rushing touchdowns (10)
- Ninth in total yards from scrimmage (1,478)
The 2013 Pro Bowl will take place Sunday, Jan. 27, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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