Washington Football Team: Analyzing the offensive line through Week 4
The “Regression and Injuries” Award
RG Brandon Scherff
Brandon Scherff is on the franchise tag. This means that he is getting paid top dollar guard money. It has been a small sample size, only a game and a half, but he his play wasn’t up to Brandon Scherff’s usual level. He has not given Washington a reason to extend for top dollar guard money, at least not yet.
Through six quarters, Brandon Scherff allowed two sacks. That is not a good ratio for a guard who is supposed to be one of the league’s best. One of his sacks allowed was a back-breaking strip sack on Haskins following a Landon Collins interception. Scherff has slowly regressed as a pass blocker the past two years.
His strong suit has always been his elite run blocking ability. He at point was the called the best pulling lineman in the NFL by Jay Gruden. In space, Scherff has been one of the game’s best. He usually devours his target and completely takes them out of the play.
This year, although in a small sample size, he wasn’t as dominant. He has still been solid in space, but it was nowhere near his previous play. He still does a decent job at getting to the second level and his athleticism is still apparent, but it has been a step below his previous play.
Something also worth mentioning is this is the third year in a row Scherff has missed multiple weeks due to an injury. A lot of the injuries are freak injuries he has no control over but it is something to monitor.
Scherff has to be better. It was a small sample size but based on the sample he provided, it was not one that warranted a long-term lucrative extension. The team should be getting Brandon Scherff back in the coming weeks. Time will only tell if his play will improve and warrant him receiving a long-term lucrative contract.
Overall Grade: C (75)