Redskins rookies RB Alfred Morris and RG3 both have legitimate chances for the NFL Rookie of the Year.
Since the Redskins' bye in Week 10, the Washington Redskins have been on fire. They have defeated NFC East division rivals Eagles, Cowboys and Giants in consecutive weeks—averaging 29 points per game. This winning streak has certainly elevated the 'Skins' position within the NFC playoff race and intensified the players' enthusiasm, game play and mindset.
During this three-game winning streak, four players stand out and deserve recognition:
RB Alfred Morris. In hindsight, this sixth-round draft pick by the 'Skins and 34th-ranked running back entering the 2012 NFL draft is a stroke of pure genius. Kudos to the Redskins' scouts for this blessing.
Much of the credit for the 'Skins' success falls upon this astounding young man's ability and power. In the last three wins, Morris has 313 yards, averaging 22 carries per game, with one touchdown.
In an address to the media on Redskins.com after the Giants victory, QB Robert Griffin III described Morris' performance best by saying, "He looks like he's playing pee-wee football out there. He won't go down."
WR Pierre Garcon. We should call him the "comeback kid." Garcon showed no signs of a lingering toe injury that sidelined him for six of the first nine games of the 2012 season. Over the last three victories for the 'Skins, Garcon had 15 catches for 197 yards and two TDs.
Although it may not seem like an earth-shattering statistic, the catches occurred at key moments of Redskins' drives—converting third downs and scoring both touchdowns at crucial moments in the game.
Without Garcon's return to the starting lineup, QB RG3 would have alternative receivers. Thankfully, his return has allowed the Redskins' run toward a playoff berth to continue and Garcon to be an additional offensive threat.
LB London Fletcher. The 15-year veteran has played in every game in his NFL career, a 236 consecutive-game streak, and has been hampered in the past several weeks with an ankle injury. He has missed practice or has been very limited in practice, even wearing an ankle boot to protect and heal his injury, during the 'Skins' current three-game winning streak.
That doesn't matter to this three-time Pro Bowl defender. Even without practice, Fletcher has erupted in the last three games. He has 100 tackles on the season, and during the last three games, he has accounted for 28 tackles and one interception.
Fletcher leads the team as their senior leader and certainly has a passion for the game, which was on display during the Monday Night Football game on Dec. 3 when he wore a microphone.
Finally, QB Robert Griffin III. How do you begin to describe some of the things he has accomplished as a rookie in the NFL? He has been nominated as the "NFL Rookie of the Week" in each of the last three Redskins wins. His is the top-selling NFL jersey.
RG3 deserves the nominations in each of the team's last three wins. The numbers don't lie, as they say. He has completed 73 percent of his passes ( 46-of-63 ) for 667 yards, nine TDs and one interception. That equates to 14.5 yards per completion and a passer rating of 130.6 over the three-game span. He has been sacked only five times for 24 yards. That's just his passing statistics.
RG3, or "Bobby Three Sticks," (which is a nickname that has been attributed to him and that I like) has gained 185 yards on 24 carries—7.7 yards per rush with two fumbles that were recovered by the 'Skins.
Conclusion. The Redskins group mentioned in this article, along with many other Redskins, make up a "Team of Individuals." The outstanding individual effort by these four players deserve a special mention and recognition. They are key components in a rejuvenated team that sat on a 3-6 record one month ago and have since emerged as a playoff contender that includes a must-watch tandem of rookies RG3 and Alfred Morris.
The Washington Redskins host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1p.m. ET on CBS.
***All statistical data compiled from NFL.com***
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