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Logan Paulsen – C+
Three targets, one catch, 11 yards.
Not a great game for the tight end tonight. He had a couple drops that should’ve definitely been catches and his blocking wasn’t up to par when compared to previous weeks.
Niles Paul – B-
Decent blocking out of him today, but Niles Paul dropped his only target in tonight’s game.
Pierre Garcon – B
It’s amazing the recovery (?) that Pierre Garcon has made and how easy he has regained explosiveness following a serious foot injury.
Garcon remains Griffin’s favorite receiver with 11 targets tonight, hauling in eight of them for 106 yards and a touchdown. He did, however, have a couple of drops that were enough to frustrate just about anyone watching the game.
He and Griffin’s relationship is scary already and the receiver isn’t even 100 percent.
Josh Morgan & Leonard Hankerson – B
Collectively, Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson had three catches on five targets for just 31 yards. While Morgan was expected to play more of a role in the short game, both of the receiver’s contributions as blockers in the run game went a long way.
Going against a Giants team that hangs their hat on rushing the passer, the Redskins offensive line will need to take a huge step forwards in pass protection for this game.
As important as it is to establish the running game and pound Alfred Morris early, the Redskins need the passing game, and Robert Griffin III, in turn, needs his chance to throw without running for his life. If right tackle Tyler Polumbus was ever going to surprise us this season with reliable pass blocking, Monday night would be an ideal time.
Morris rushed for 120 yards against the Giants earlier this season, so the Redskins can attack the ground with confidence. A bonus in this game, however, could be wide receiver Pierre Garcon and his surprising explosiveness since returning to action. Even if Garcon doesn't haul in big catches, the Giants will be forced to respect his speed and the running game will benefit.