Everyone’s familiar with the Redskins’ stars, players such as Robert Griffin III, London Fletcher and Alfred Morris. But who are some of the important players no one is talking about, the team’s unsung heroes? Over the next week, reporter Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at five of them.
Name: Darrel Young
Contract: Restricted free agent
Why he’s notable: Young shares a backfield two of the NFL’s brightest stars, so it’s understandable that he gets overlooked.
But that doesn’t mean Young isn't a difference maker. In fact, he's the fifth ranked fullback in the game, according to ProFootballFocus.com, which considers pass and run blocking as well as offensive statistics.
The third-year pro was the lead blocker for Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, the top rushing quarterback and second leading running back in 2012. Young also carried the ball 14 times for 60 yards and proved to be a dangerous pass-catcher out of the backfield. He hauled in eight receptions (on nine targets) for 109 yards, two touchdowns and six first downs.
Young’s most productive game came at the Meadowlands, where the New York native had five carries for a career-best 26 yards and caught one pass for six yards in the Redskins' 27-23 loss to the Giants.
After missing the entire preseason with a nagging hamstring pull, the 25-year-old appeared in all 16 games and was assessed only one penalty.