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Will Montgomery receives accolades

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Will Montgomery receives accolades

Will Montgomery is one of the more unassuming players on the Redskins’ roster. Most days, in fact, he’s perfectly content to quietly slip in and out of the locker room as the cameras crowd around Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.

On Monday, though, Montgomery received some unexpected praise for his standout play when he was mentioned in Peter King’s Monday Morning QB column in Sports Illustrated. King named Montgomery, the Redskins' 29-year-old center, as the ‘Dr. Z Unsung Man in the Trenches of the Week.’

Indeed, Montgomery had a good week in the midst of a stellar season. According to ProFootballFocus.com, the former Centreville High and Virginia Tech standout is the second ranked center in the league behind John Sullivan of the Vikings. The website says Montgomery has allowed only one sack, one quarterback hit and three hurries.

Montgomery has also played every snap. 

“The center, thankfully, doesn’t have many one-on-one blocks,” Montgomery said when asked about the ranking. “And because we’re running the ball so much, we’re just pounding that rock and running play action passes. Those stats are great, I guess.”

What matters more to Montgomery, he said, is where the Redskins rank in rushing yards. Through 10 games, they’re second in the NFL – only five yards behind San Francisco’s total of 1,797.

“As O-linemen, the only stat we want to know about is how many yards rushing we had,” Montgomery said. “No. 46 helps with that. No. 10 helps with that. When we run the ball well, it sets up everything else we want to do during the game.”

Asked about his individual stats, he again credited Griffin and Morris with helping to make him look good.

Which, of course, was typical, humble Will Montgomery.

“Those guys get a lot of yards,” he said with a smile and a shrug. “You have to give them their props.”

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NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

On the field, Fabian Moreau makes plays from his cornerback slot that translate to the NFL game. Staying on the field has been a different matter though. 

In five seasons at UCLA, Moreau dealt with his fair share of adversity. He took a medical redshirt year in 2015, suffering a Lisfranc injury three games into the year. More devestating to his draft status, however, was an injury suffered during his Pro Day in late March. Moreau tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

For many, that injury caused his slip from a possible fringe first rounder to Washington's prize with the 81st pick. It's possible Moreau will be back from injury by the time training camp opens, but it seems likely he begins the summer sessions in Richmond on the PUP list. 

At the combine, Moreau ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. Serious speed, and it instantly makes the 6-foot, 206 lbs., Moreau the fastest corner on the Redskins.

In his senior season, Moreau grabbed two interceptions, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Not scared to get physical and play press coverage, Moreau's mindset should mesh well with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland as he looks to force his way to playing time. 

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Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.

Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.

Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.

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