WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- If most of you were forced to pick an NFL analyst to break down game film, your answer would either be ESPN's Ron Jaworski, Merrill Hoge or the NFL Network's Mike Mayock.
Those guys are all professionals and you should continue to enjoy their work. I just want to let you in on a little secret: Evan Silva is a rising star in the football evaluation world, and he's worth giving attention too.
Silva, the senior editor at Rotoworld and also a scribe for Pro Football Talk, has been breaking down film of the 2011 season and presenting some interesting facts on individual players.
The Redskins biggest offseason splash, Pierre Garcon, is on Silva's list for Tuesday. Here are parts of what he had to say.
"Garcon is fun to watch on screens because he is very quick in a short
area and tough to tackle post-catch. The fact that a coaching staff is
calling a screen for a particular receiver also suggests that wideout
has an elite evaluation from his own team. The coaches have designed a
specific play to get him the football. They want it in that guy's hands,
because he can make big plays happen."
"Looking ahead, I think it's notable that Garcon will transition from Z
receiver in the Colts' offense to X in Washington's. The positions
aren't all that different, though. As we learned in the Leonard Hankerson column, the Shanahans' X receiver has a vast array of route assignments and is the featured skill-position player in the offensive scheme."
"If Garcon performs like he's capable, I have no doubt that he will lead
the Redskins in 2012 receiving. Garcon plays with a sense of urgency
whenever he gets the football, flashes vertical tools on the perimeter,
and is a very tough tackle."
Do yourself a favor and follow Silva's work. Also check out his evaluation of Leonard Hankerson, a dynamic playmaker who the Redskins are hoping has a breakout second season.