Snaps- Jay Gruden’s offense was on the field for 57 snaps against the Giants, and 18 of the team’s 24 offensive players were used over the course of the game.
The group of 6 who did not play included 3 inactives (Robert Davis, Kyle Kalis and Demetrius Rhaney), 2 that did not play in any capacity (Colt McCoy and Manasseh Garner) and a player who worked solely with the special teams unit (Tony Bergstrom).
The Redskins only ran 982 offensive plays this season, the sixth lowest total in the NFL and the team’s worst showing in this department since 2009 (970).
Yards- The fact that the longest drive in the game for the Redskins was just 48 yards should tell you a lot about their performance on Sunday. The team’s 197 yards of total offense was their lowest total since the 44-16 beatdown at the hands of the Panthers in 2015. Washington’s offense has only gained fewer than 197 yards three times in the last 10 years.
The Redskins finished the season ranked 16th in total yards (5,199) and yards per play (5.3) and 18th in yards per drive (27.0). Just being average was never going to be good enough for this offense.
Points- The Giants allowed 388 points this year, which was the 5th highest points allowed figure in the NFL in 2017. That didn’t stop the Redskins from scoring just 10 points on Sunday, their lowest total of the entire year.
The last time the team scored 10 points was in the 2016 finale against the Giants (19-10 that year and 18-10 this season). They have only scored fewer than 10 three times in the Jay Gruden era (2014) and all three of those games took place in 2014.
The Redskins finished the year ranked 16th in points (342) and 18th in points per drive (1.73). They were much better in both regards last season (396/12th and 2.26/6th) even though they couldn’t score in the red zone with any consistency in 2016.
Red Zone- Kirk Cousins rushed for a TD on the Redskins only trip to the red zone. The offense scored touchdowns on 54.4% of the drives that made it inside of their opponent’s 20-yard line, which ranks 16th in the league.
This is a major improvement considering the team ranked 31st in RZ success rate last season (45.9%).
3rd Down- The Redskins’ offense was truly pathetic on the money down. They only moved the chains on 1 of the 13 third downs they faced in the contest.
The resulting 7.7% conversion rate is the team’s worst showing in this regard since 2010 and represents their 5th worst showing in recorded franchise history (since 1991). There have only been seven worst third-down percentages posted by a team in the entire 2017 season.
The Redskins finished the year ranked 31st in third-down success rate with a 32.4% conversion clip. That is the 5th lowest conversion percentage posted by the team on third down in recorded history (data dating back to 1991). However, you only have to go back to 2010 and 2014 to find seasons when Washington was worse on third down.
Penalties- The offense was responsible for committing 2 of the team’s penalties and 20 of the 35 penalty yards. The Redskins finished the year with the 5th fewest accepted penalties (92) and the 2nd fewest penalty yards (733) in the NFL. This just goes to show that following the rules doesn’t always pay off.
Rushing- The Redskins only rushed for 61 yards, 3 first downs and a touchdown on 16 attempts against the Giants (3.8 YPC).
Washington hasn’t topped 87 rushing yards in any of their last five games, which gives them the second longest active streak without a 100-yard rushing day in the league. The team only hit the 100-yard mark five times all year, which is tied for the second fewest such games by any team in 2017.
They haven’t averaged 4.0 yards per carry or more in six weeks. They only averaged that many yards per carry four times this season, which was also tied for second worst in the NFL.
The Redskins were a bottom-5 team when it came to running the ball this past season, plain and simple. Here are the team’s rankings and stats in every major rushing category: 28th in rushing yards (1,448), 30th in yards per carry (3.61), 28th in first downs (66), 31st in first down percentage (16.5%), 21st in touchdowns (10) and 32nd in 20-yard rushes (3).
They finished 27th in rushing average on 3rd or 4th down with 2 yards or less to go (2.05) and dead last in first-down rushing YPC (3.16).
These are all truly pathetic figures, but they really aren’t much worse than what we’ve come to expect from a Jay Gruden coached offense. I get that it’s a passing league, but you just have to get more from your running game if you ever want to have a truly elite offense.
Injured Reserve Redskins- The team had a total of 20 players on their injured reserve list at the end of the season, which is a number only exceeded by the Giants (21 players).
Of those 20, 12 played on offense, with 6 of them being players who started in Week 1 against the Eagles (Trent Williams, Jordan Reed, Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long and Terrelle Pryor). No other team has more offensive players on injured reserve than the Redskins do. Don’t forget that when you read about Kirk Cousins next.
Kirk Cousins (Traditional Stats)- This was not only undoubtedly Kirk Cousins’ worst game of the season, it was one of the very worst games of his entire career.
He only completed 20 of his 37 passes against the Giants on Sunday, which gave him a completion rate of 54.05%, the 5th worst mark in his entire career. This comes after he posted the third worst completion percentage of his career last week against the Broncos (51.35%).
Cousins gained just 158 yards on his 20 completions, which is the 7th lowest total of his career, and his third lowest as a starter. The only other time that he threw for fewer yards in a game he played from start to finish was in Week 14 against the Chargers (151 yards). He averaged 255.8 passing yards per game this season, his lowest total since 2013.
KC’s YPA average of 4.27 against New York was abysmally low, as well. He’s only averaged fewer yards per attempt twice in his entire career and once as a starter (Week 17 of the 2013 season which was also played in New York against the Giants). His 7.6 YPA on the year is the second lowest average of his career (5.5 in 2013).
He failed to throw for a touchdown for the eighth time in his career and for the sixth time as a starter. Instead, Cousins threw 3 interceptions for the first time since 2014. This was just the third time he has ever thrown 3 or more picks. He set a new career high with 13 interceptions in a single season.
As you might have guessed, these numbers left the Redskins’ QB with a rather horrible passer rating. Kirk Cousins’ 31.1 passer rating was just 0.1 higher than the career worst 31.0 rating he put up in 2013 against Denver. He only attempted 9 passes and did not start in that game. His 31.1 rating on Sunday was a career low in a start. Cousins’ 93.9 passer rating on the season, was his worst since 2014 (86.4).
The Giants sacked him on 3 of his dropbacks this past week, which brought his 2017 total to a career-high 41 sacks. He had only been sacked a total of 65 times in his 46 career games and 5 seasons coming into the year.
Kirk Cousins (Rushing)- Possibly the only truly positive thing Kirk Cousins did all day was to run for a 12-yard touchdown on a read-option fake in the 1st quarter. That was the team-best fourth rushing score of the year, which marks the second time in the last three years he has led the team in rushing TDs.
Cousins has now scored 13 touchdowns on the ground since taking over as the starter in 2015. Cam Newton (21) and Tyrod Taylor (14) are the only signal callers who have scored more in that time span, and they’ve had 361 and 283 more rushes to do it, respectively.
This marked Cousins’ third consecutive season with 4 or more touchdowns; he is the only QB in team history with three seasons of 4-plus rushing scores. Joe Theismann is the only QB in franchise history with more career TDs as a rusher (17).
He joins Aaron Rodgers and Steve Young as the only players to have scored 25-plus passing touchdowns and 4 or more rushing touchdowns at least 3 times in a season.
Cousins and Rodgers are the only players who have ever topped 4,000 yards and scored 4 rushing TDs three times in a single season (3 times for each of them). Kirk Cousins is the only player in NFL history that has accomplished this feat in three straight seasons.
Kirk Cousins (Advanced Stats)- The only quarterback with a lower raw and adjusted QBR than Kirk Cousins (8.1 and 7.5) in Week 17 was Brett Hundley (2.7 and 3.2).
Cousins has only earned a lower raw and adjusted QBR on two other occasions in his entire career: the 2014 start against the Titans that would end in his benching and the aforementioned 9-attempt game against the Broncos in 2013.
He finished his 2017 campaign with a Raw QBR of 50 and an adjusted mark of 52.0, the second lowest season-long scores of his career (2013).
His Week 17 performance against the Giants earned him a PFF grade of 41.6, his second lowest rating of the year (38.7 in Week 1 versus Philadelphia).
Interception Symmetry- If this indeed was Kirk Cousins’ last game with the Redskins, then there is at least one way that you can find some symmetry with the way he ended his first and final games: interceptions.
Cousins’ final pass of his first regular season game (2012 vs. Atlanta) ended with an interception. He also ended the 2013 finale, the 2016 finale, his 2016 Pro Bowl appearance and Sunday’s loss with an interception on his final throw.
Kirk Cousins (Records)- Yes, Cousins struggled badly against the Giants on Sunday, but that should not take away from some of the impressive things he accomplished in 2017.
He has started in all 48 games since being named the starter prior to the beginning of the 2015 season. This makes him the first Redskins’ QB to start 16 contests in three straight seasons in team history. Only Joe Theismann has started in more consecutive games at QB for the team (60).
Captain Kirk topped the 4,000-yard passing mark for the third straight season. He is one of just three Redskins’ signal callers who have ever thrown for over 4,000 yards (Brad Johnson and Jay Schroeder) and he is the only Washington player that has done it more than once.
KC is just the 11th QB in league history to have ever gone over 4K as a passer in three straight years. Here are the other 10 players: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Matt Ryan, Dan Fouts, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning.
Josh Doctson- Believe it or not, but Josh Doctson was the Redskins’ healthiest receiver in 2017. He played in all 16 games, started in 14 of them, played 752 snaps and was in for at least 90% of the snaps in seven games this season; every one of those playing time statistics ranked 1st among all Washington wideouts.
Doctson was targeted 10 times against the Giants, marking the second time in as many weeks and in his entire career that he has had 10 or more passes thrown his way. He only caught 4 of those targets for 37 yards. He did record a team-high 3 receiving first downs. His 4 receptions match the career high he set in two other games. Yes, he has never caught more than 4 passes.
Doctson’s 6 touchdowns on the year were tied for the team lead (Chris Thompson), but he was wildly inefficient overall this season. Check out some of his rankings among the 80-plus receivers with 50 or more targets: 67th in yards per target (6.44), 69th in yards per route run (1.10) and 81st in catch percentage (44.9%). He has a 57.7 PFF grade on the year, which ranks 77th out of 118 qualifying receivers.
He is one of just 28 receivers since 1992, which is as far back as target data goes, to have 35 or fewer receptions in a season when they were targeted 75 or more times. Being on this list is not a death sentence, but the company he is keeping certainly doesn’t inspire any confidence either.
Although, that isn’t the only bad list Doctson finds himself on. If you want to give yourself nightmares then just check the first-round receivers who caught 40 or fewer passes in the first two years of their careers. Santana Moss is the only truly comforting name that I can find on there.
All of this doesn’t necessarily mean Doctson is doomed to be a bust, but that also doesn’t make the prospect of this scenario any less likely or scary. The 2018 season will likely be a make-or-break year for the 25-year-old receiver.
Ryan Grant- Grant got his seventh start of the season and played on more than 75% of the snaps for the fifth time this year, both of which represent new career highs.
Unfortunately, the best year of his career ended with a dud in terms of production. Grant caught 2-of-5 targets for 23 yards and 1 first down. His catch percentage of 40% and the 2 interceptions thrown on his targets were both season worsts for him. This was definitely a down game for Grant, but that should not take away from what he accomplished this season.
Grant set new career highs and doubled his career totals in virtually every important receiving statistic. Just look at his 2017 totals compared to his career totals coming into the year: receptions (45 to 39), receiving yards (573 to 550), first downs (29 to 28) and touchdowns (4 to 2).
He finished 2nd on the team in receptions, receiving first downs and receiving touchdowns.
During his Tuesday press conference, Jay Gruden expressed serious interest in re-signing the 2018 free agent.
Jamison Crowder- Like Grant, Jamison Crowder finished his 2017 season on a down note. The Skins’ slot man was only able to corral 3 of the 7 targets thrown his way and he produced 25 yards and 1 first down on those catches. His first down did, however, come on the team’s only third-down conversion of the game. Crowder also lost a yard on his lone rushing attempt.
Crowder finished the year with a new career high in targets (103) and was just 1 reception short of tying the career high that he set last season (66 receptions in 2017). His 789 yards were 58 shy of the personal yardage record he set in 2016. The third-year receiver led the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards , yards from scrimmage and first downs.
He had a nice year, but you have to wonder how it would’ve turned out if an early-season injury didn’t hamper his production in the first half of the year. In Weeks 1-7, Crowder didn’t score a single touchdown and averaged 3.4 receptions and 24.2 receiving yards per game. In Weeks 8-17, he scored 3 TDs and averaged 5.2 receptions and 71.1 yards per game.
No player in franchise history has caught more passes prior to their age-25 season than Crowder has (192 receptions). The next closest player on this list is Chris Cooley, with 165 receptions.
Jamison Crowder is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is eligible for a contract extension. The Redskins need to show some love to their best wide receiver.
Maurice Harris- Moe Harris returned after sitting out last week’s win over the Broncos, but he only played 6 snaps. Harris ran 5 routes and was not targeted in the game.
He only played 76 snaps and ran 42 routes this season, which is basically the equivalent of two games played for a #3 wideout. That makes it difficult to put a lot of stock in the fact that he only finished the year with 6 targets, 4 receptions, 62 yards, 3 first downs and 1 touchdown.
So in one breath he gets a pass, but in another he really needs to start showing something more if he hopes to remain in the NFL for more than another year or two. Harris’ career totals of 12 receptions, 128 yards and 1 touchdown are extremely low for a player who will be turning 26 next year.
The Redskins have control over his rights next season ($630K) and in 2019 they have the ability to retain him with an RFA tender.
Brian Quick- Brian Quick only played on 4 offensive snaps in the 2017-season finale against the Giants. He was unable to haul in his only target in the game.
I know Quick was on something of a prove-it deal this year, but I have to believe he didn’t sign up to play just 77 offensive snaps and get targeted 8 times, both of which are by far the lowest totals of his career (next lowest were 182 snaps and 27 targets in his rookie year). Last season, he set new career highs in snaps (691), targets (77) and receiving yards (564).
The sixth-year wideout did make the most out of his opportunities this year by catching 6 of his 8 targets for 76 yards and 5 first downs.
I expect Quick to hit free agency and find a team that will actually give him at least a moderate amount of playing time.
Robert Davis- Robert Davis was inactive for the third time since the team brought him up from the practice squad a month ago. He finally suited up last week against the Broncos, but was limited to just 3 special teams snaps because he suffered a concussion.
Davis is by no means a perfect prospect, but his elite athleticism should cause the team to give him a much closer look next season. Davis’ 9.77 relative athletic score ranks 38th on a list of wide receivers that is over 1,600 players long.
Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis started in every single game this year, which marks the first time that he has done so since 2012. He is one of only three offensive players on the team to start in every game. Davis played on over 90% of the snaps against the Giants, his sixth game over the 90% threshold this year. His 799 snaps this season were his most since 2013.
The 34-year-old tight end finished the year with the most starts and snaps played by a Washington wide receiver, tight end or running back. In fact, Davis played more snaps than the rest of the team’s tight ends combined (660). This should really tell you something about A) Davis’ durability and B) Kirk Cousins’ supporting cast.
On Sunday, Davis ran 32 routes and received 3 targets, but only hauled in 2 receptions for 20 yards and 0 first downs. This is not a new trend. VD was playing some great football between Weeks 3 and 11, when he averaged 4 receptions and 64 yards per game, but he completely fell off the map after that. Davis finished the season with just 10 receptions for 121 yards in his last six contests (1.9 receptions and 26.9 yards per game).
The late-season downturn wasn’t enough to stop VD from ranking 2nd on the team in receiving yards (648), his highest yardage total since 2013, and 1st on the club in yards per reception (15.1).
With his final catch of the season he passed Jeremy Shockey for 9th on the all-time receptions list by a tight end (548). He currently ranks 9th and 7th all time at the position in receiving yards (7,072) and touchdowns (60).
Davis is under contract with the Redskins for two more years, but it would not be wise to expect a repeat performance of this past season from a player that will be turning 35 in just under 13 months.
Niles Paul- Paul started for a career-high eighth time this year, but only played 18 offensive snaps (32% snap rate). His 300 snaps on the year were his second most since 2012.
He caught one of his two targets against New York, but failed to gain any yardage on the play. His 19 targets and 13 receptions this season both were the second highest single-season totals of his career.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t very efficient as a receiver. He only totaled 94 yards on 96 snaps in route (0.98 YPRR). He also posted career lows in both yards per reception (7.2) and yards per target (4.95).
Paul is the second longest tenured player on the offense behind only Trent Williams, but his impending free agency leaves his future with the team uncertain. With Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis due to count a combined $15.5M against the cap next season and the additions of our next two tight ends this past season, Niles Paul may have very well played his last snap for the Burgundy and Gold.
Jeremy Sprinkle- This was the 11th game of the year for Jeremy Sprinkle. The rookie tight end played on 11 offensive snaps, which brought his total on the year to just 126. This was one of his six games with more than 10 snaps. He only took the field for 20 snaps in three games and never more than 24 snaps or a 38% snap share.
He only ran 30 routes and received 3 targets this season, but he turned those opportunities into 2 receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown.
The bulk of his time on offense was spent as a blocker, particularly in the running game. He pass blocked just 18 times, which pales in comparison to the 78 snaps he took as a run blocker.
Jordan Reed’s health can’t be trusted, Vernon Davis will be almost 35 by the time next season ends and Niles Paul is scheduled to hit free agency in a few months. Sprinkle should see a huge jump in playing time next season unless the Redskins acquire a trustworthy tight end in the offseason.
Manasseh Garner- Manasseh Garner was signed to the team last Wednesday. He dressed for the game, but didn’t play. The 2015 UDFA has never played in a regular season game and has caught only a total of 3 passes for 28 yards in his preseason career.
The team has Garner under contract through 2019 and it’s possible that they view him as a potential replacement for Niles Paul.
Samaje Perine- Rookie fourth-rounder, Samaje Perine, started for the eighth time this year and ran the ball on both of the offense’s first two snaps, but suffered an ankle injury which forced him from the game on the second play. This was the sixth game that Perine has played on fewer than 20 snaps this season. His rookie campaign ended with 359 snaps played.
Perine lost a yard on his first rush and followed that up with a 4-yard gain, which brings his totals on the day to 2 rushes, 3 yards, 0 first downs and a 1.5 YPC average.
I hate to say this, but that feels like a fitting line for Perine to end the season with. He just simply wasn’t productive outside of a two-game stretch where he put up two 100-yard rushing performances. Those were the only games he rushed for more than 70 yards, gained more than 75 yards from scrimmage in and averaged over 4.0 YPC when rushing the ball more than six times.
Perine’s rushing average of 3.45 ranks him 42nd out of the 47 running backs who carried the ball 100 or more times this season. His rankings in advanced metrics among 100-carry backs aren’t any better: 31st in success rate (43%), 31st in yards after contact average (2.5), 45th in DVOA (-20.3%) and 47th in DYAR (-84). Perine’s 46.3 PFF grade is ranked 58th out of the site’s 60 qualifying running backs.
I still think Samaje Perine has more potential than Rob Kelley and that he can become an effective player, but I don’t know if he will develop into the kind of guy fans and coaches will ever feel comfortable calling the “long-term solution” at the position.
Kapri Bibbs- Kapri Bibbs picked up the slack for the injured Perine and played on 54 snaps, which equates to an insane 95% snap share. Both numbers are easily career highs for Bibbs.
He led the team and set new career bests in carries (12), receptions (8), yards from scrimmage (100) and first downs (4).
Bibbs also led the team in rushing (47) and receiving (53) yards, both of which were the second highest totals of his career. Chris Thompson is the only other running back that led the team in both rushing and receiving in a game this season, and he only did it once (Week 6 at San Francisco).
Four of his rushes went for 5 or more yards (33.3%) and he failed to gain any yardage on one run. His 16-yard run in the 3rd quarter was the Redskins’ longest rush of the day.
Bibbs put up over 207 yards from scrimmage, picked up 8 first downs and scored a touchdown in just three games and on 102 offensive snaps with the Redskins.
The Washington brass should most definitely bring back Bibbs this offseason and give him a shot to compete for a roster spot with Robert Kelley and whichever other free agent or rookie they add this Spring. Bibbs is under contract with the Skins next season and is only due a modest $705K salary.
Dare Ogunbowale- Ogunbowale played on his first and only offensive snap of the year in what was his second career game. He ran a route on the play.
The 2017 UDFA is a below-average athlete and didn’t do anything especially impressive at the college level. I highly doubt he is on the roster next season.
Offensive Line (Team)- A tough year for the Redskins’ offensive line culminated with another disappointing performance. Cousins was sacked 3 times, hit 3 more times and was pressured on 14 of his dropbacks. This isn’t the kind of performance you want to see against a team that ranks in the bottom-5 in sacks and sack percentage.
Washington allowed 41 sacks this season, which ranked 21st in the league and was their worst showing in this area since the team’s signal callers were sacked 58 times in 2014.
The line also struggled in the run-blocking department both on Sunday and throughout the season. The Skins only gained 61 rushing yards against the Giants and averaged less than 4.0 YPC. The team was only successful on 31% of their rushes in the game.
Washington finished the season ranked 21st in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards metric. They finished 28th in power success rate, which looks at the percentage of runs on third or fourth down, two yards or less to go, that achieved a first down or touchdown.
However, it’s tough to hate on Bill Callahan and company when you consider the following facts:
- Three of the team’s opening day OL starters finished the season on injured reserve.
- Those three players were Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao and Spencer Long. They missed 39%, 48% and 61% of the offensive snaps this season, respectively.
- The original starting five missed just over a third of the team’s offensive snaps (33.4%).
- 11 different linemen started and played more than 140 offensive snaps for the team this year.
- 13 different offensive linemen played for the team in some capacity this season.
Ty Nsekhe- Nsekhe started for the fifth time in the last six weeks, but was injured on the Redskins’ third offensive play of the game. The backup tackle missed five games with a core muscle injury, but played on over 300 snaps for the second consecutive season and the second time in his career.
He allowed 5 sacks and 19 total pressures on 179 pass-blocking snaps, which means he allowed a pressure on over 10% of his passing snaps. His PFF grade of 51.4 ranked him 56th out of 87 qualifying tackles this season. Those numbers simply aren’t good enough for a guy who has been touted as one of the best backup tackles in the game.
Perhaps he never fully recovered from his injury or maybe he is just starting to slip at the age of 32. Either way the Redskins would be wise to give him another shot by bringing the restricted free agent back with a one-year RFA tender.
Tyler Catalina- Catalina came in to replace Nsekhe at left tackle on the second drive of the game and played every offensive snap from there on out. He struggled mightily as Cousins’ blindside protector.
The rookie UDFA gave up a sack, a hit and a hurry (team-high 3 total pressures allowed) and was called for a 15-yard clipping penalty. He gave up 4 sacks and 14 total pressures on 120 passing snaps this year. The soon-to-be 25-year-old is slated to be an exclusive right free agent this Spring.
Arie Kouandjio- Arie Kouandjio made his sixth start of the season and played on 100% of the snaps for fifth time this year. He finished his 2017 campaign with 424 offensive snaps. All three figures represent new career highs and are at least triple his career totals coming into the season.
The former Alabama O-linemen was surprisingly effective against the Giants. Kouandjio was only responsible for 1 QB pressure (a hurry) and did not commit a penalty. He had committed a penalty in three of his five other starts (2 last week) and allowed Cousins to be hit or sacked multiple times in three of those games, as well.
Pass blocking was not his problem this year according to PFF, his biggest issues appear to have been in the running game. Among the site’s 85 qualifying guards, Kouandjio’s pass-blocking grade ranks 35th, while his run-blocking grade puts him at 59th.
The Redskins’ former fourth-round pick has one more year left on his deal ($705K).
Chase Roullier- Roullier was perfect in pass protection on Sunday. He played on every snap and did not allow a single pressure over the course of his 40 pass-blocking snaps. The crazy thing is that this was pretty much par for the course for the sixth-round rookie out of Wyoming.
Chase Roullier did not allow a single sack all season and only gave up a total of 6 pressures all year long. He was one of just eight centers who played on over 200 pass-blocking snaps without surrendering a sack (289 snaps). His 98.4 pass-blocking efficiency rating ranks 7th best at the position. He is the only rookie center that can make those claims.
Roullier has the potential to more than ably man the pivot for the Washington Redskins for quite some time.
Brandon Scherff- Scherff only allowed the 1 pressure in the game; Unfortunately, that pressure was a third-down sack. He led the team with a 79.3 run-blocking grade against the Giants.
This was something of a down-year for the third year guard, but he was still extremely productive on Bill Callahan’s offensive line.
Scherff missed games for the first time in his career and played on a career-low 867 snaps. He also surrendered 22 pressures, 3 of which were sacks. However, the third-year guard was called for a career-low 1 accepted penalty and 83.2 PFF rating ranked 8th among all guards and 1st on the entire Redskins’ offense
The Iowa product was named to his second Pro Bowl this season. Only eight other pure guards have been selected to two or more Pro Bowls in their first three seasons since the 1970 merger. Three of those other eight players are either already in the Hall of Fame or will more than likely end up there.
With his third season in the books, Brandon Scherff is now eligible for a contract extension. Of course the team still has control over his rights for two more years via the fourth and final year of his rookie deal and a possible fifth-year-option designation in 2019. Expect him to break the bank whenever he does happen to sign a new deal.
Morgan Moses- Morgan Moses had a rough day at the office on Sunday. He was responsible for giving up a team-worst 3 total pressures (tied with Catalina), including a sack by JPP. Unfortunately, this was nothing new for him, as he was the primary culprit on 5 sacks and 38 pressures this season, both of which were worst on the team.
It’s hard to be too disappointed in the Skins’ right tackle, though. He was one of just three offensive players to start in every game and he ranked third on the team in snaps from scrimmage, despite battling through multiple injuries that combined to land him on the injury report 12 times (75% of the season). There is a strong possibility Moses will need to have ankle surgery in the near future.
Kyle Kalis- The Redskins’ other rookie UDFA on the line has been inactive for all four of his games with the team. He never made it onto the field with Washington, but he did start in two games and play 149 snaps with the Colts. Needless to say, he did not fare well in those games.
Kalis allowed a sack and 9 total pressures with Indianapolis and earned a PFF grade of 28.1 this season, the second worst grade handed out to an offensive lineman in 2017.
Kalis is under contract for $555K next season and is scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent in 2019. The team basically has control over him for the next two years. They need to decide if that is something they want or not.
Tony Bergstrom- After playing on every offensive snap between Weeks 12 and 14, Tony Bergstrom worked exclusively on special teams for the third straight game.
He played more than admirably in relief of Spencer Long and Chase Roullier. Bergstrom did not allow a sack all season, only surrendered 5 total pressures (4 hurries and 1 hit) and committed just two penalties in 2017. The 31-year-old veteran is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Demetrius Rhaney- Washington’s fourth-string center was inactive for the third consecutive game. Demetrius Rhaney was with the team for the last six weeks of the year, but only made it onto the field for a total of 2 snaps this season, both of which came on special teams. He hasn’t played a down on offense since 2015.
He is cheaply under contract through next season, so it’s possible that the team may be holding onto Rhaney with plans to use him as their backup center in 2018.
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