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 ESPN.com’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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It’s time for our periodic check-in to ESPN.com Matt Williamson’s “Rookie Watch” column.
Why now? Well, two Redskins rookies are in Williamson’s top five. By my math — which could be very well be wrong — Washington players account for 40 percent of the top five and 20 percent of the list overall.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III (No. 2) and running back Alfred Morris (No. 5) have been mainstays in the top 10 all season — and Griffin III has even been No. 1 at times — but having both in the top 5 is certainly something of which Redskins fans can be very proud.
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: Read more »
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Scouts Inc., in conjunction with ESPN, on Monday released its 2012 NFL Player Rankings, which features its Top 200 players list and the top players at each position.
The list is based on scouts and ESPN.com’s Matt Williamson “watching games and breaking down film” and does not include 2012 rookies.
After reviewing this year’s lists, it appears Scouts Inc. and Williamson should throw away their notes and go back into the film room.
Just two members of the Washington Redskins — outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (No. 100) and tight end Fred Davis (No. 188) — were included in the Top 200 list.
My first beef: how is linebacker London Fletcher — who last season was selected to the Pro Bowl after leading the National Football League in tackles and has started 179 straight games — not a top-200 player?
And that’s not my only problem with the lists, which can be accessed (with ESPN Insider access) by clicking here.
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