Everyone is familiar with stars like Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris and Brian Orakpo. But who are some of the blue-collar Redskins that don’t get enough recognition for their efforts? Over the next week, reporter Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at five players who fly under the radar.
Name/Age: Darrel Young/26
Position/experience: Fullback/entering fifth season
Contract status: Signed through 2015
Why he’s notable: As one of the best blocking fullbacks in the game, Young has spent the past two seasons paving the way for Alfred Morris, who has gained 1,613 and 1,275 yards, respectively.
All you need to know about Young’s importance was on full display last season in Atlanta, where he was forced from the game in the second quarter after aggravating a nagging hamstring injury. Before leaving, Morris averaged 6.8 yards per carry on nine attempts, including a 37-yard run on which Young made a key block downfield. After Young was sidelined, Morris’ average dropped to only 4.8 yards per carry.
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Last season, Young shared also shared the Redskins Media Good Guy Award with Santana Moss. During a difficult season in which the team faced a lot scrutiny from the local and national media, Young took some of the pressure off of his teammates by always making himself available for interviews. He didn't duck hard questions, either.
The only concern about Young is his recurring hamstring injuries. Twice in the past three seasons, he’s been limited to 13 games. But if Young can stay healthy, it's possible he'll blossom into one of the game’s best all around fullbacks.