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Alfred Morris and Redskins receivers may have to carry Robert Griffin III

The Philadelphia Eagles are the consensus pick to repeat as NFC East division winners. They are the only Beast team to have Elite starters as ranked by Pro Football Focus.

The Redskins have more High Quality starters than any Beast rival, but none of them is named Robert Griffin III. PFF graded RG as a Good Starter going into the 2014 season, on par with Tony Romo, Eli Manning and Nick Foles.

PFF updated roster evaluations of NFL teams this month. Hog Heaven put those evaluations in a spreadsheet to create the following chart. The data points for the charts can be seen at the end of this story. Check the Bell curve for each team.

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Pro Football Focus charted the play of every projected starter and ranked them as Elite, High Quality, Good, Average, Below Average, Poor, Not Enough Information and Rookie. “Not Enough Info” are players with too few starts for PFF to assess.

Here is what this chart is telling us.

REDSKINS

Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Trent Williams are high quality starters on offense. With question marks about him, Robert Griffin III is seen as a good starter. So is TE Jordan Reed.

Wait, WHAT? There are better players on offense than RGIII. Seeing PFF’s color-coded depth chart brought home the notion that the skill players on this team will elevate Robert instead of the other way around.

I had to sit down and let that sink in. That is not how it worked in Robert’s rookie year. This ain’t your father’s 2012. No one know that better than Robert who has already called RB Alfred Morris the Redskins’ biggest offensive weapon.

The starting roster plateaued from High Quality to Average more than Beast rivals did. More troubling is that a higher portion the ‘Skins’ starters are rated “Poor” (G Shawn Lauvao, DBs Brandon Meriweather, Tracy Porter) or “Not Enough Info” (LILB Keenan Robinson).

Robinson has big shoes to fill in stepping in for London Fletcher. I don’t see him as ringleader of the defensive circus. Perry Riley or Ryan Clark will likely fill that role. Season success may hinge on Robinson’s development more than any other starter.

EAGLES

PFF loves the Eagles. Specifically, they rate LeSean McCoy, Evan Mathis and Jason Peters as Elite. They rate C Jason Kelce, OLB Trent Cole, LS Jon Dorenbos and CB Brandon Boykin “High Quality.” That’s 24.1 percent of Philadelphia’s projected starters, folks. No wonder Chip Kelly felt comfortable releasing DeSean Jackson.

The Eagles’ Bell curve peaks around “Average” as expected. Only three projected starter rate as “Below Average” and none any lower than that.

COWBOYS

PFF rates RB DeMarco Murray, TE Jason Witten, WR Dez Bryant, LT Tyron Smith and K Dan Bailey as “High Quality” starters. Like everyone else, PFF has light regard for the Dallas defense.

The Cowboys starting roster tends to flatten out at “Average.” They have fewer than the Redskins question marks as starters. DT Nick Hayden is the only starting player listed as “Poor.”

GIANTS

New York matches Philadelphia’s Bell curve for “Good” and “Average” starters. Only G Geoff Schwartz and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie drew the rating “High Quality.”

 

Hog Heaven drew this report from Pro Football Focus premium content. The complete report is behind a subscription firewall. Here is the PFF table we used to create the chart in this story.

Percent of 2014 NFC East projected starters in each category

Cowboys Giants Eagles Redskins
Elite

0

0

10.3

0

High Quality

17.2

6.9

13.8

20.7

Good Starter

20.7

20.7

24.1

17.2

Average Starter

27.6

41.4

37.9

20.7

Below Average Starter

20.7

17.2

13.8

20.7

Poor  Starter

3.4

3.4

0

10.3

Not Enough Info

6.9

6.9

0

10.3

Rookie

3.4

3.4

0

0

 

Anthony Brown

About Anthony Brown

Lifelong Redskins fan and blogger about football and life since 2004. Joined MVN's Hog Heaven blog in 2005 and then moved Redskins Hog Heaven to Bolguin Network. Believes that the course of a season is pre-ordained by management decisions made during the offseason. Can occasionally be found on the This Given Sunday blog and he does guest posts.

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