Here is a look at whose stock is rising and which players have falling stock after the Redskins’ 24-17 loss to the Falcons.
UP Alfred Morris gained 115 yards on 18 carries, making textbook cuts through the hole time after time. Morris joined Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (Rams, 1983) as the only rookies to gain 75 yards or more in each of his team’s first five games of the season.
DOWN Before the game it was announced that Josh Morgan would start in Leonard Hankerson’s place. Hankerson played just nine snaps with one reception for three yards and one rushing attempt for two yards.
UP Ryan Kerrigan—His pick of a Matt Ryan screen pass would have been the headline had Griffin not been injured. The play put both Kerrigan’s smarts and athletic ability on display. The return touchdown was the Redskins’ third of the year, the most they have had in a season since 1999.
DOWN It is apparent from what Josh Wilson said that Reed Doughty should have been providing help on Julio Jones’ fourth-quarter touchdown pass that gave the Falcons their first lead of the game.
UP Sure the Falcons blew the coverage on Santana Moss’ 77-yard touchdown reception but he still had to catch the pass and finish the play. That was his first catch of the day. He caught another one for three yards later in the game, giving him 500 for his Redskins career. Moss joins Charley Taylor, Art Monk, and Gary Clark as the only four Redskins in the 500 club.
DOWN Pierre Garçon was either showing rust from missing almost all of three games with a foot injury or he just had a bad day. The big-money free agent receiver was targeted seven times but he caught just three for 24 yards. He was saved from an embarrassing fumble by a close replay review but he still should have caught the ball, one of a couple of drops on the day.
UP London Fletcher was in on 20 tackles and played a solid overall game.
DOWN Billy Cundiff missing a 31-yard field goal was bad enough. But then saying it didn’t really matter?