WASHINGTON — The Redskins didn’t have the most talented roster in the league this season, by any stretch. That much was made clear on Monday as the Pro Football Writers of America neglected to name a single Washington player to their All-NFL team.
But the roster isn’t completely devoid of talent, as noted by left tackle Trent Williams and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan earning spots on the PFWA All-NFC team. Here is the complete list of players to earn the various distinctions.
Perhaps the only surprise exclusion is cornerback Josh Norman, who was left off in favor of Janoris Jenkins of the New York Giants and Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson isn’t a surprise at all, but Jenkins is a bit of a shock. Norman had 67 tackles, 19 passes defended, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles last season; Jenkins had 49 tackles, 18 passes defended, 3 interceptions and 1 forced fumble.
Per Pro Football Focus, Norman was the top-ranked defensive back for Washington in 2016 by overall grade, coverage grade, run defense grade and total snaps, and he intercepted or broke up 20 percent of his targets, the highest percentage in the league. He also did so while playing in one of the worst defenses in the league, while Jenkins had the benefit of playing with a loaded defense that featured safety Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Elsewhere in (unsurprising) PFWA news, the Redskins are not represented on the association’s All-Rookie teams.
As we’ve noted on this site before, the Redskins’ 2016 draft class didn’t exactly have a stellar rookie season.