Everyone’s familiar with star players such as Robert Griffin III, London Fletcher and Alfred Morris. But who are some of the Redskins' key cogs that no one talks about? Over the next week, reporter Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at five unsung heroes.
Name: Chris Chester
Position: Right guard
Contract: Signed through 2015
Why he’s notable: Off the field, Chris Chester is among the quieter inhabitants of the Redskins’ locker room. On the field, he’s one of the game’s top offensive linemen.
ProFootballFocus.com, in fact, ranks the 30-year-old as the NFL’s 10th-best player at his position (and 15th among all guards). The website, which evaluates individual performances each week, faults Chester for only one of the 33 sacks absorbed by Redskins quarterbacks in 2012 as well as only five quarterback hits and 13 hurries.
Chester, of course, was also an integral part of a line that paved the way for the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense.
Since joining the Redskins in 2011, Chester has started all 33 games and did not miss a snap this past season. Amazingly, he was also flagged only two times (both false starts) in 2012, according to the NFL.
Indeed, Chester’s play speaks for itself.