Washington Football Team guard Brandon Scherff was named an All-Pro.
For the first time since Matt Turk in 1996, the Washington Football Team had a player named to the Associated Press’ All-Pro first team. The player that earned the honors was none other than Brandon Scherff.
Scherff, 29, made 13 starts for Washington this year, his most since 2017, and played very well. He was a key part of the right side of the team’s offensive line and did a lot to solidify that part of the unit.
Because of Scherff’s strong performance there, he, Morgan Moses, and Chase Roullier were able to open up running lanes for Antonio Gibson and Co. at the running back spot while also keeping the team’s four quarterbacks clean.
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On the year, Scherff played 857 snaps for Washington. He was whistled for just two penalties all year long and gave up just three sacks. Those numbers may not be the best marks of his career, but it’s an impressive achievement nonetheless considering the constant shuffling that was going on at the quarterback spot. And, it’s an improvement over his nine-penalty, one-sack performance from last year.
This was an honor that Scherff definitely deserved. He has been among the NFL’s best guards when healthy, and he finally was on the field enough to warrant a selection in 2020. Sure, you could argue that some other players may have been equally as deserving as Scherff this year, but the four-time Pro Bowler was simply due for an All-Pro appearance.
This accolade is an important one for Washington in more ways than one. First of all, it broke a decades-long drought of missing on AP All-Pro first-teamers, so finishing that off is nice. Second, it proves that Ron Rivera has had an impact on this team, and his players are getting the respect they deserve for their performance this season.
The third element is the one that probably matters the most for Washington. Scherff’s selection to the All-Pro team may make him a bit more expensive in free agency. He already was going to be expensive, but this could drive up the price-tag a bit. Washington surely will do everything they can to re-sign him, but it may be a bit pricier than many initially thought.
Fans should be happy for Scherff. He definitely deserved this accolade and has given Washington fans another thing to celebrate during this surprisingly-positive season. Now, we’ll see if Scherff can help lead the team to a victory against the Buccaneers and add a cherry to top off this excellent season.