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: Reed Doughty
Position: Safety/special teams
Contract: Signed through 2013
Why he’s notable: Say what you want about Reed Doughty’s play as a safety, but this much cannot be disputed: He’s pretty darn reliable on special teams.
Doughty was credited with 16 special teams tackles for the Redskins’ kickoff and punt coverage units in 2012, according to www.teamrankings.com.
That total was second on the Redskins only to Pro Bowler Lorenzo Alexander, who made 21 tackles, and it was tied for the 10th most in the NFL. In 2011, Doughty also finished second to Alexander in special teams tackles with 10.
Doughty, who has spent his entire seven-year career in Washington, saved his best performance on special teams for the biggest game of the regular season. In a winner-takes-all game against the Cowboys, the 30-year-old made three tackles in kick coverage, including a pivotal stop on Dwayne Harris that required Doughty to double back across the field.