I have a list a couple of pages long of posts that want to do in the future. Sometimes, some other blogger does one of them before I get around to it. On rare occasions, that writer does such a good job with the topic that I cross it off my list and write a post like this one to recommend it.
Jimmy of Blogging the Beast has made a list of the 10 players that the Redskins could least afford to lose to injury in 2012. I might be able to quibble here and there about positioning–I would have put London Fletcher higher than Jimmy did–but his reasoning is sound and it’s a good read.
I’m not going to give away much of the list because you should go over and read the whole thing. But here’s a taste, the explanation of why Trent Williams is second on the list. After going through some eye-opening numbers about the right defensive ends the Redskins will face Jimmy writes:
Some teams are strong across the rest of their OL and can afford to give their LT additional help. This is not the case in Washington. There will be no shortage of times when Trent Williams will be asked to handle the above players one-on-one for long stretches of games. Last year, when Williams was lost for the last 4 games for failing a drug test, Willie Smith was awful. Williams needs to not only grow up, but begin to play like the enormously talented player that he is, and stay on the field. With the golden child in town, the stakes are higher.
Good stuff, go check it out.