Player-by-Player Report Card for the Washington Redskins
Let's take another opportunity to reflect on the Washington Redskins' promising 2012 season by grading each of the team's key contributors.
Robert Griffin III: A-
Griffin was the highest-rated rookie quarterback in NFL history, leading the 'Skins to their first division title this century with a 4-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (20 TDs, five INTs). Of course, RG3 also ran for over 800 yards.
He only loses points for putting himself in danger too often.
Kirk Cousins: B
He led the Redskins to a huge victory in Griffin's place, which is exactly what he was drafted for. His three interceptions on only 48 attempts prevent Cousins from getting a top grade, though.
Alfred Morris: A
Where would the Redskins be without the rookie sixth-round pick? The league's No. 2 rusher broke the team's all-time single-season record this year. He lost three fumbles, which is really the only reason he doesn't get an A+.
Darrel Young: B+
No one would have complained had the fullback been named to the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Pierre Garcon: B
A toe injury had him in "F" territory at around the midway point of the 2012 season, but Garcon was a stud during the second half. Only seven NFL players had more receiving yards than Garcon did during the final six weeks of the season.
Santana Moss: C+
Moss isn't the explosive player he once was, but he still led the team with eight touchdown catches in 2012. He dropped a few too many passes, though, and disappeared at times.
Leonard Hankerson: C
Hankerson disappeared a lot, too. That happened a lot with Redskins receivers. But on the bright side, he had just three drops and caught 69 percent of the passes on which he was targeted.
Josh Morgan: C-
He didn't live up to his salary in his first year with the 'Skins. Morgan never had more than 62 yards in a game and scored just twice and also dropped a team-high seven passes.
Aldrick Robinson: C-
He was starting to hit his stride with two 40-plus-yard touchdown catches in as many games before going down with a season-ending injury in Week 12.
Fred Davis: B-
His blocking could still get better, and he's having trouble staying on the field, but before going down with a season-ending injury Davis was Griffin's top target in 2012.
Logan Paulsen: C+
He's a better run-blocker than Davis but was less of a threat as a receiver and had three drops on only 35 targets. Paulsen is a solid backup, but Griffin and this offense need a better starter at the tight end position.
Trent Williams: B+
He gave up only four sacks and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the seventh-best run-blocking left tackle in football. He still had a tough moment or two and could manage to cut down on the penalties, but Williams is becoming a Pro Bowl-caliber tackle.
Will Montgomery: B+
Montgomery gave up only a single sack all year and was rated by PFF as the fourth-best center in the NFL. He benefited from not having to flex out to the guard spot to cover injuries this season.
Chris Chester: B
He's an above-average guard who doesn't make mistakes very often. Just gets his job done, which is why you rarely hear his name. Chester benefited from more stability on the line this year.
Kory Lichtensteiger: B-
When Lichtensteiger plays, the 'Skins usually win. When he doesn't, they usually don't. It's really as simple as that. He loses points for committing eight penalties this year.
Tyler Polumbus: D-
Polumbus was almost bad enough for the Redskins to miss Jammal Brown, who was one of the worst right tackles in the league in 2010 and 2011. Filling in for Brown, the veteran backup gave up 53 pressures, which was the fifth-worst total in the NFL.
Jarvis Jenkins: B-
Which DE had a better season?
Jenkins will never be a sack king, especially as a 3-4 end, but he got a decent amount of pressure despite being held sackless in his first full season. He was also a relatively good run-stuffer who missed only a couple tackles.
Stephen Bowen: B-
During a couple specific stretches, Bowen was one of the best players Washington had on the field. The veteran held things down after Adam Carriker suffered a season-ending injury early.
Barry Cofield: B+
Cofield really started dominating right as the 'Skins hit their groove in the second half of the season. I don't think there was a 3-4 nose tackle in football who created as much pressure as Cofield did in 2012.
Rob Jackson: B
Jackson crushed expectations after stepping in for the injured Brian Orakpo early. He got to the quarterback more than expected and was one of the defense's most versatile contributors.
Lorenzo Alexander: B
He gets extra points for his presence on special teams (for which he earned a Pro Bowl nod) but Alexander was also the team's most productive pass-rusher on a per-snap basis, according to PFF. The seven-year veteran really stepped it up late.
Ryan Kerrigan: C-
He still led the team with 8.5 sacks, but the second-year pass-rushing specialist simply disappeared far too often without Orakpo's support.
Perry Riley: B-
Riley was the defense's most versatile player in his first full season as a starter. The 24-year-old was a productive blitzer, a sure tackler and solid in coverage.
London Fletcher: C
He once again led the team in tackles, but Fletcher also missed 10 tackles and showed signs that he is starting to fade. PFF rated him as the third-worst inside linebacker in football.
DeAngelo Hall: C-
Hall was beaten too often, but so was everyone in this secondary. He played better as the season wore on and was a solid blitzer. It also helps that he played his best game of the year with everything on the line in Week 17.
Cedric Griffin: D+
Griffin was horrible early, found a bit of a groove later and then was suspended for the final four games of the regular season. At least he gave up only one touchdown all year.
Josh Wilson: D+
Wilson was slightly better in coverage overall than Hall and Griffin were, but he still gave up a ridiculous 873 yards and six touchdowns.
Richard Crawford: D
The rookie wasn't expected to shine, but he was burned often when stepping in.
Reed Doughty: C
I don't know if Doughty is cut out to be a long-time starter, but there were a few games in which he was clearly the best defensive back on the field for the 'Skins.
DeJon Gomes: D
Gomes is a poor run defender and lacks consistency. He might have the playmaking ability to be a one-trick pony. Might.
Madieu Williams: D-
He was a disaster in coverage and missed 16 tackles. The 31-year-old isn't worthy of being a starter in this league anymore.
Kai Forbath: A
Forbath had the highest field goal percentage in the NFL, missing only one kick after replacing Billy Cundiff.
Sav Rocca: C-
He ranked near the bottom of the league in almost every key category, so I'd expect the 'Skins to bring in some training camp competition yet again.
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