Under Pro Football Reference’s “Adjusted Value” system, only two players to wear #64 for the Washington Redskins score better than a 19: Ron Saul (34) and Kedric Golston (29).
Like a few other numbers, this one comes down to a close battle between Redskins from two different eras.
Saul was one of the original Hogs, retiring after the Redskins won Super Bowl XVII. Saul had missed 1982 with an injury, but he was a strong veteran presence for the young offensive line group that began in 1981 and quickly became the best in the NFL under Joe Bugel. In all, Saul played for the Redskins from 1976 through 1982, and was a starter all but the final season.
Kedric Golston played for the Redskins from his rookie season of 2006 through last year. He was a regular starter along the defensive line for a few of those seasons, but he was mostly a situational player. After Terrance Knighton left following the 2015 season, Golston again became a full-time starter, this time at nose tackle. However, a hamstring injury ended his season in September last year.
Saul probably has the edge in terms of on-field contributions during his time in DC, but Golston also played his entire career (up to now) for the Redskins. Saul spent his first six seasons as a member of the Houston Oilers.
On the other hand, Saul started 77 of the 81 games he played for the Skins. Golston started a total of 53 games for Washington. Still, there’s something to be said for Golston’s longevity and for playing 100% of his time in the NFL for the Redskins.
I think I still have to give the edge to Saul, just based on him helping to lay the groundwork for Washington’s most dominant stretch in the history of the franchise. I could certainly be talked into Golston, though. This is a close one.
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