For Week 7 of the regular season, ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano compiled his all-division team.
Despite a game against the Eagles that lacked big individual performances, the Redskins maintained their six spots on the list, based on season-long performances. I do think that the Redskins will reclaim other positions on the list, but for now, this list reflects credit where it’s due.
Here are the Redskins recognized in this week’s addition:
Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)
Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Brian Orakpo, Redskins (Ware, Orakpo)
Inside linebacker: Sean Lee, Cowboys; London Fletcher, Redskins (Lee, Fletcher)
Safety: Kenny Phillips, Giants; LaRon Landry, Redskins (Phillips, Landry)
Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Rocca)
Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
One of the things to watch this week will be the composition of the Redskins line against the Panthers, which could affect Montgomery’s placement at center. Head coach Mike Shanahan has yet to announce his lineup for Sunday, but Montgomery could switch to left guard with the loss of Kory Lichtensteiger, as he did against the Eagles.
Graziano gave two other Redskins credit as honorable mentions, saying that a stronger performance could have put them over the top.
The first was left tackle Trent Williams, who suffered a high-ankle sprain on Sunday:
One of the two changes this week was at left tackle, where I believe Beatty has played well enough in the two weeks Peters has missed to supplant him. This looked like Trent Williams’ spot before he left Sunday’s game with an injury, and I’d have been perfectly happy leaving it to Peters if I didn’t think Beatty earned it.
The other is cornerback Josh Wilson, who has quietly limited offensive production on his side of the field, and forced opposing quarterbacks to look for other options. Sunday just wasn’t his best game:
I don’t think anyone in this division is playing cornerback especially well this year. But Ross and Webster have been very solid and have earned their spots ahead of the erratic Eagles and Cowboys. Josh Wilson of the Redskins gets an honorable mention here, but Week 6 wasn’t his best game, and I think it cost him a chance to move into the spot I gave to Ross.
It’s no secret that the Redskins didn’t play their brand of football last week, and there are no heroes in a loss. But with a few more big performances this weekend, they’ll find their way back to the win column.