As the Redskins officially head into the bye week, I picked one player from offense, defense and special teams in terms of biggest surprises so far. Those choices are discussed in the above video. Now some words on the others also deserving of a shoutout.
- Morgan Moses - One week into training camp the Redskins moved first-round pick Brandon Scherf from tackle to guard and moved Moses into the starting lineup. The second-year lineman has not only held his own, but thrived. Morgan and Scherff combined with left tackle Trent Williams put the OL in strong position heading into 2016.
- Kirk Cousins - Even those of us that felt he was the best bet among the quarterbacks on the roster didn't imagine Cousins directing three game-winning or go-ahead drives in the final minute of regulation during a four-game stretch. Flaws certainly exist, but only the truly stubborn don't recognize the progress if not the long-term potential.
- Chris Thompson - During the summer nobody was sure if Thompson would make the final roster. Then Silas Redd, the primary competition for the third RB job, suffered a season-ending injury. From there, Thompson legitimately ran away with the job. Now the shifty runner and pass catching force might be Washington's top RB option when healthy.
- Kyshoen Jarrett - Drafted in the sixth round as a strong safety, Jarrett quickly emerged as a viable slot corner option while helping out a beat-up secondary. Though his playing time dipped against the Buccaneers, Jarrett's aggressive approach is part of general manager Scot McCloughan's plan for an overall attitude, style adjustment.
- Will Compton - How long until the former undrafted inside linebacker moves into the starting lineup ahead of Perry Riley? Compton ranks fifth in tackles.
- Will Blackmon - Added to the roster after the season kicked off, the veteran CB didnt have much time to adjust. That's because he was thrust not just into the rotation, but the starting lineup because of injuries elsewhere. Against Tampa Bay he was the only defender to play every snap. Blackmon will return to fourth CB status once Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall return, but his presence certainly helped keep the secondary from truly fallingg apart.
- Rashad Ross - Made the roster with prolific work as a receiver during the preseason, but didn't truly have a chance to shine on special teams until the real games kicked off. Since then he's run a kick back for a touchdown and recovered a blocked punt for a score. Ross' 26.7 yards per kick return ranks fourth among players with at leat 10 opportunities. His deep speed also helped in spots offensively.