Individual Redskins Grades: Offense

Now that we are one quarter of the way through the 2015 NFL season, its time to review how the individual players on the Redskins have performed thus far.

Starting with the offensive side of the ball, we have gone back and reviewed the game tape as well as the stats in order to come up with grades for all of the players who have been on the field for enough snaps to warrant an accurate and fair analysis.

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Individual Redskins Grades: Offense

ALT Trent Williams
0 sacks allowed. 0 QB hits allowed. 3 Penalties. 100% Snaps played

Last season it was clear that the Redskins elite Left Tackle wasn't fully fit for a majority of the season. 2015 has seen a healthy Williams getting back to doing what he does best; dominate opposition pass rushers.

The 3 penalties that Williams has given away are certainly on the high side throughout only 4 games, however he more than makes up for this with 0 sacks and 0 QB hits coming through him.
B+TE Jordan Reed
24 Rec, 278 yards, 1 TD, 5 Penalties

It is unfortunate that here at the quarter pole of the 2015 season Jordan Reed is once again going through the concussion protocol (his 5th concussion in 5 years), as he has been a dynamic weapon on offense for the Redskins.

Reed leads the team in yards, in average yards per reception (not including Rashad Ross who is only on 3 catches), and is equal 1st in receptions.
Reed would almost certainly earn himself an A grade if not for the 5 Penalties he's given away in 4 games, leading the team.
BWR Pierre Garcon
24 Rec, 216 yards, 2 TD

Leading the team in touchdown receptions (2), Garcon has proven to be a reliable target for QB Kirk Cousins. He has been targeted 34 times and has not dropped a single pass in 2015.

His late game heroics in week 4 against Philadelphia essentially sealed the victory for the Redskins, and his toughness and ability to track the ball in the air has proven invaluable, as a few passes thrown his way have been behind him or low.
BLG Shawn Lauvao*
1 Sack allowed. 0 QB hits allowed. 2 Penalties. Injured Reserve

Before injuring his ankle requiring season ending surgery, Lauvao was quietly having a fantastic start to the 2015 season. Although he gave up a sack against Rams DT Aaron Donald in week 2, this was the only egregious error that Lauvao had against his name.

Both of RB Matt Jones two touchdown carries against St Louis came from running directly behind a pulling Lauvao.
BRB Alfred Morris
66 carries. 261 yards. 4.0 YPC. 0 TD. 0 Fumbles.

The reliable workhorse of the Redskins since 2014, Alfred Morris once again leads the team in rush yards and carries through the first quarter of the season.

Importantly for Morris, he's had 0 fumbles on his 66 carries and has also had 4 catches out of the backfield with no dropped balls.

Whilst he may not be as flashy as rookie RB Matt Jones, Morris continues to demonstrate reliability and hard, patient running.
B-RG Brandon Scherff
0 sacks allowed. 0 QB hits allowed. 1 Penalty. 100% Snaps played

Scherff has shown a tremendous amount of promise and potential in his first four games as an NFL starter, and the fact that he's given up 0 sacks and 0 QB hits is a great sign for his future.

Whilst he hasn't given up sacks or hits yet, Scherff does have the 2nd most QB hurries (6) on the Redskins OL, and these have largely come from times when Scherff's footwork off the snap has seen defenders get leverage against him from underneath the pads.
B-RB Chris Thompson
11 carries. 93 rush yards. 11 receptions. 91 receiving yards. 1 rec TD

The Redskins designated 3rd down back has flashed fantastic versatility and hustle almost every time he touches the football, and his 184 combined yards of offense are a just reward for all the hard work Thompson put into improving his game over the past 12 months.
B-RB Matt Jones
43 carries. 200 yards. 4.7 YPC. 2 Fumbles.

One of the more promising young Running Backs in the NFL, Matt Jones has burst on to the scene looking like a rejuvenated player compared to his college tape. Looking noticeably quicker and more elusive, Jones has looked more like a veteran than a rookie in most facets of his game.

What hurts Jones, however, is his ball security issues; he carries the ball too high and loose when he's in open space and this has led to 2 fumbles lost in his first four games. Once he can fix this aspect, his ceiling is immensely high and his overall grade will surely rise.
B-RT Morgan Moses
0 sacks allowed. 1 QB Hit allowed. 4 Penalties.

Entering his first NFL regular season as a starter, Moses has held up the right side of the Offensive Line well, and is a significant improvement at the position compared to recent years.

In pass protection Moses has been very good, giving up the fewest QB hurries out of the 4 Offensive Linesmen who have started at least 3 games. However Moses still needs to develop his run blocking, as several times throughout the year defenders have shed his blocks to bring down the ball carriers for little or no gain.
C+QB Kirk Cousins
153 attempts. 105 completions. 68.6% completion rate. 1005 yards. 4 TD. 4 INT. 5 Sacks

Entering his first season as the definitive starting Quarterback, Cousins has had his ups and downs, but overall has been what the baseline standard for NFL Quarterbacks should be; on the whole he hasn't been fantastic, but he hasn't been terrible.

Cousins has made some very good throws but also some very poor throws, and the Redskins have had several nearly certain touchdowns gone wanting due to inaccurate or underthrown passes.

That said, Cousins has so far appeared to have improved his ball security, and has also demonstrated good footwork and pocket presence, stepping up into the pocket to buy himself crucial time for receivers to create separation.

CTE Derek Carrier
4 receptions. 26 yards. 2 Penalties.

Joining the Redskins in the middle of preseason from San Francisco, the 6'4 25 year old Carrier has seen himself on the field for 166 snaps, used mostly as a blocker. For comparison, Carriers 160 snaps are more than Alfred Morris (130), which gives an indication as to how much he's been utilized.

As a receiver, Carrier has not been much of a factor with only the 4 catches from 5 targets. As a blocker, Carrier has demonstrated a solid ability as a pass blocker but has been below average as a run blocker. Considering how late he joined the Redskins, he can be forgiven for this as he hasn't had a great deal of time to learn the Bill Callahan run block scheme yet.
CWR Ryan Grant
11 receptions. 114 yards. 0 TD. 1 Drop

As DeSean Jackson's backup, Grant has seen himself on the field more than expected following Jackson's hamstring injury early in week 1. Grant has flashed an ability to get downfield on deep go routes, although obviously not to the same extent that DeSean Jackson does.

Grant, however, does need to work on getting his hands to the ball, and has only hauled in 61% of the passes thrown his way (11/18), a number which is actually inflated a little after his week 4 game versus the Eagles. Prior to this game, his catch percentage was closer to 52%.
D+WR Andre Roberts
5 receptions. 54 yards. 2 Drops.

It's likely he'll work his way back in to the rotation at some point, but he's lost the starting slot receiver role to promising rookie Jamison Crowder.
DC Kory Lichtensteiger
2 sacks allowed. 2 QB hits allowed. 9 QB hurries allowed.

Lichtensteiger has conceded the most sacks, most QB hits, and most QB hurries out of any of the 4 Offensive Linesmen who have started every game.

The only thing that saves Lichtensteiger's grade from being an F is the fact that he has not fumbled a snap, and has played 100% of the Redskins offensive snaps in 2015.
N/AWR Jamison Crowder
15 receptions. 117 yards. 0 TD. 1 Drop.
Insufficient Sample Size

In his first start as the Redskins slot receiver in week 4, Crowder looked immensely promising, leading the team in receptions and yards.

Whilst Crowder has also seen work as the Punt Returner, he's only attempted 3 returns (and 7 fair catches) for a 4.7 yard per return average.

If Crowder can demonstrate a level of play consistent with what he showed in week 4, he will work himself towards the top of these rankings at the half way point of the season.
N/AOG Spencer Long
0 sacks allowed. 0 QB hits allowed. 2 QB hurries. 0 Penalties
Insufficient Sample Size

After Lauvao was injured in week 3, Spencer Long started at Left Guard in week 4 and had a solid game in his first outing. He meshed nicely with Trent Williams, with the two Offensive Linesmen working in tandem to shut down several pass rushes through the B gap.
N/ATE Anthony McCoy
0 receptions. 0 sacks allowed. 1 QB hit allowed. 0 Penalties
Insufficient Sample Size

McCoy has only seen the field sporadically, coming in as the 3rd Tight End in triple TE packages.

In fact, McCoy has only been on the field for 5 pass block snaps, 36 run block snaps, and hasn't had any passes thrown in his direction at all.
N/AFB Darrel Young
2 carries. 2 yards.
Insufficient Sample Size

Darrel Young has barely seen the field in 2015, which is unfortunate because in recent years he has consistently proven to be a reliable weapon when properly utilized, either as a runner or receiver.

Not including players who have either been injured or come in as a result of injury to another player, no Redskins player has seen less snaps than Darrel Young this year.
N/AWR Rashad Ross
3 receptions. 70 yards. 1 KR TD
Insufficient Sample Size

Making the final 53 man roster as the 6th Wide Receiver after a scintillating preseason campaign, Ross hasn't gotten too many opportunities yet.

What little opportunities he's been given, however, have shown fantastic signs. Ross has the longest Redskins catch of the season so far (43 yards), and also had the first Redskins kickoff return touchdown since 2010.



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