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BBMailbag: Washington Redskins Midseason Report

Manny Benton hands out his midseason grades in this week's Breaking Burgundy Mailbag.

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Offensive MVP: I would say Trent Williams, but considering he's been suspended, I'm going to say WR Jamison Crowder. Through eight games, Crowder leads the team in receiving yards (498) and touchdowns (4). He's been a key piece in all four of the team's wins and their tie. This year, he's been the #1 receiver. Even in Jordan Reed's absence, Crowder put the passing offense on his shoulders and helped give QB Kirk Cousins another reliable target.

Defensive MVP: You have to go with Josh Norman. He's been well worth the money, although I graded him negatively against the Cincinnati Bengals. Not only has he done well in coverage, but Norman's 33 combined tackles ranks third on the team. His leadership has also helped raise the game of the defense as a unit. 

Biggest Disappointment (Offense): I'm going to go with DeSean Jackson here. Jackson was electric in training camp and I personally thought he'd have himself a big season. So far, however, he has not been able to register those huge explosive plays he's known for making. It's not all his fault. The ball has to go to him and teams are playing this offense different. He still ranks second on the team in receiving yards (416) and can easily pad those stats with big plays down-the-stretch.

Biggest Disappointment (Defense): For me, it's Bashaud Breeland. Much like Jackson, he had a stellar training camp and looked to be taking that next step as a player. He's just been in the area of some unfortunate plays and he's allowed some plays. I don't think he's playing horrible. But I thought he would "statistically" have the best season among corners on the team. Meaning, lead the unit in tackles, pass break ups and interceptions. He playing the right corner spot after spending most of his career so far playing left corner. That may have contributed to a drop-off in his game. But remember, he's only 24 years old. He's only shown flashes of what he could be. The upside is still high.

Besides Trent Williams getting suspended, I think the biggest surprise is the lack of redzone success. The Redskins have too many weapons to not score when in the redzone. It's unacceptable. 

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