For the second week in a row, the Redskins have been awarded a six spots on ESPN blogger Dan Graziano’s All-NFC East team. However, this week saw a shift in the players that were selected for the team, including some well-deserved credit in the secondary.
Once again, I can count, I know that there were technically only five players listed. But because Banks excels in two roles, the Redskins get a two-for-one special.
Here’s the rundown:
Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)
Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Brian Orakpo, Redskins (Ware, Ryan Kerrigan)
Inside linebacker: London Fletcher, Redskins; Sean Lee, Cowboys (Fletcher, Lee)
Cornerback: Asante Samuel, Eagles; Josh Wilson, Redskins (Samuel, Corey Webster)
Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
At center, Will Montgomery has give up significant weight against nose tackles all season and handled his own. Even as the rest of the offensive line has been musical chairs, he’s been an asset on the line no matter where he lines up.
This is cornerback Josh Wilson’s first appearance as a top honor, as he has quietly yielded a consistent season performance in the secondary. If the Redskins had come back for the win on Sunday, his fourth quarter interception would have been the talk of the town. Even when the comeback fell short, Wilson still did his job. Graziano had this to say about the move:
I took Webster out because (a) Wilson’s been knocking on this door anyway and (b) I couldn’t in good conscience put in a cornerback who played in that Cowboys-Giants game Sunday night.
And in my weekly head-scratcher move, Graziano switched Darrel Young and Tony Fiammetta. This was his reasoning:
And I changed fullbacks, because as great and undervalued a player as Young is, it’s impossible to ignore how much better the Cowboys’ running game is with Fiammetta in there. I just think what he’s done in the time he’s been on the field this year is above-and-beyond kind of stuff, and it’s not a slight against Young, who I think is a fine player.
Understandably, the Redskins have struggled to find consistency on the ground some weeks, but last week was not the week to make the change. The Cowboys managed a respectable 131 yards on the ground, but the Redskins ran wild for 170. The two may be close, but Young is having a breakout transition year, and has certainly put together the resume as the division’s top lead-blocker.