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Griffin III And Morris 3, 4 in ‘Rookie Watch’

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 19, 2012 – 1:20 pm

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One doesn’t play due to injury and moves down a spot. The other not only plays, but scores two touchdowns in his team’s fifth-straight win and moves up a spot.

That’s the tale of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris in the most recent version of “Rookie Watch,” a weekly list of the NFL’s top rookies according to’s Matt Williamson.

Griffin III — who was nursing a sprained LCL in his right knee — was relieved by fellow rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins in last Sunday’s 38-21 win over the Cleveland Browns. Griffin III’s playing status for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles is yet to be determined, but he’s obviously had a terrific rookie season so far, and was ranked No. 2 in “Rookie Watch” last week.

Morris, meanwhile, continued his own strong rookie campaign against the Browns, running 27 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns. He’s already the Redskins’ rookie record holder for rushing yards (1,322) and touchdowns (nine), and, with two very strong games to finish out the season, he could challenge Clinton Portis’ single-season Redskins rushing record (1,516 yards, set in 2005). Morris came in as the No. 5 rookie in last week’s “Rookie Watch.”

You can read the entire piece by clicking here, but you must have ESPN Insider access to get the whole thing. So for those only interested in what Williamson had to write about the Redskins on the list, here you go:

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Slight Change For All-NFC East Redskins

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 19, 2012 – 10:24 am

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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 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:

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Two ‘Skins Added To All-NFC East Team

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 13, 2012 – 9:45 am

Chris Chester

A season-high-tying eight Washington Redskins players appear on this week’s version of Dan Graziano’s All-NFC East Team.

And, judging by Graziano’s picks, the Redskins’ offensive front is doing pretty well for itself.

Additions to this week’s list from last week’s All-NFC East Team — which is based on an entire season’s body of work and is not a week-by-week evaluation — include right guard Chris Chester and punter Sav Rocca.

Here’s the entire list of Redskins representatives:

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New Redskins On All-NFC East Team

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 5, 2012 – 10:44 am

(Photo by Brian Murphy//

(Photo by Brian Murphy//

Two of the more important pieces of the Redskins’ staunch run defense are getting some due recognition.

Nose tackle Barry Cofield and middle linebacker Perry Riley this week grace NFC East blogger Dan Graziano’s weekly “All-NFC East Team,” which is based on an entire season’s body of work and is not a week-by-week evaluation.

Cofield (pictured above and looking hyped up about his All-NFC East Team selection) and Riley are the plug of a Redskins’ rush defense that ranks fourth in the NFL by allowing just 91.5 yards per game.

They’re included this week with a couple other Redskins All-NFC East Team mainstays, and were evidently almost joined by a couple other teammates:

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ESPN Experts Balk On Picking Redskins

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 3, 2012 – 2:34 pm

Three days after released its full predictions for the 2012 NFL season, did the same.

And, much like the analysts, the experts at ESPN aren’t looking for much from the Redskins this season.

In fact, ESPN’s folks aren’t even predicting a single award will come the Redskins’ way. At least one analyst at predicted Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III would be named the offensive rookie of the year.

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Week 13 Power Rankings Roundup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 30, 2011 – 1:41 pm

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A lot has been said about the character in the Redskins locker room this season, it was only a matter of time until it paid off.  Given the long odds of beating a team on a roll, on the road, in the wind and rain, after a short week of practice, I don’t know that a low-character team wins on Sunday.  I don’t know that any road team can come back from 10 points down with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and score two touchdowns, without a huge dose of leadership.

It was a total team win, and they needed everyone on board.

This week, they’re being universally rewarded for their efforts.

Check out your Week 13 official NFL power rankings: Read more »

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Week 12 Power Rankings Roundup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 23, 2011 – 11:20 am

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Following a players-only meeting last week, the Redskins responded by posting their best offensive performance since September, in a game that required extra time to decide.  For some prognosticators, that was enough for the Redskins to stay put on their weekly power rankings.

For some, it was actually enough to rise up the list.

And for others, it was a short slip towards the bottom of the barrel.

Check out your Thanksgiving buffet of Week 12 power rankings: gave the Redskins No. 26, dropping from No. 22 last week: elevated the Redskins to No. 24, up from No. 28 last week:

NBC/ unsurprisingly dropped the Redskins to No. 30, down from last week’s No. 29: held the Redskins at No. 26, same as last week’s No. 26:

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Ryan Kerrigan Moves Up ‘Rookie Watch’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 16, 2011 – 11:40 am

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Last week, in’s “Rookie Watch,” Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson started Redskins rookie outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan off at No. 9 among his draft class peers.

Not bad, considering the Redskins snagged him at No. 16 in April.

But after an electric performance in Week 1 that left him in the running for NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week (this is your last chance to vote, hint hint), Kerrigan has once again climbed the ladder.

In this week’s addition of “Rookie Watch,” Williamson lists Kerrigan at No. 6.  The commentary associated with his pick also changed from some uncertainty, to certainty: Read more »

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ESPN Blog Names Curious Top Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 7, 2011 – 3:36 pm

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Dan Graziano’s NFC East Blog on went through the division and named the All-Division Team going into Week 1.  In general, it names all of the obvious favorites on paper, and you can see that the division is pretty stocked with talent.

The Redskins were selected for a respectable five of 27 positions, but there were a few surprises:

Inside linebacker London Fletcher

Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo

Kick returner Brandon Banks

Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe

Fullback Mike Sellers

There were no explanations provided, so there’s an air of mystery here.

The reasonable picks:

The Redskins were well-represented at linebacker with inside linebacker London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo getting the accolades.  This is a tough division for pass-rushers, so it was a tip of the hat to Orakpo, who was listed behind DeMarcus Ware.  Orakpo will look to improve his stock in 2011 after a shift to the 3-4 and outside linebacker in 2010 that led to a bit of a sophomore slump.

Fletcher was named to his second Pro Bowl in 2010 and has been too consistent for too long to choose anyone else.  He is the captain on defense and undisputed field general, so he makes a logical pick.

Brandon Banks also qualifies for his accolades as a kick returner, although I think he’ll have better opportunities in punt returns under the new rules.

Oshiomogho Atogwe was brought in to patrol center field and be a ball-hawking play-maker in the Redskins secondary.  Although he’s new to the division, he’s very talented and deserves consideration as one of the best.

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