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Kerrigan’s transition from a defensive end at Purdue to the Redskins‘ 3-4 left outside linebacker has gone as well as anyone could have expected. He wasn’t explosive in the preseason, but that improved as he became more comfortable rushing the passer from a two-point stance. He is staying lower and taking better angles to the quarterback. He has improved against tight ends in run defense, too. He has forced two fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown, which account for more than a quarter of Washington’s 11 takeaways. And the best part for coaches is he should keep getting better.

Offensive MVP: Fred Davis

Davis leads the team with 40 catches and 559 yards, although much of his recent production has occurred late in games with the Redskins trailing by a wide margin. Even before Santana Moss was hurt, he was their best offensive weapon because his athleticism creates mismatches. He can line up wide and challenge defensive backs with his size, too. Davis still is a bit inconsistent run blocking, but that is improving. His contract is up at the end of the season, and he is positioning himself well to get a huge contract. As the NFL continues to evolve into a passing league, teams will covet what Davis provides as a receiving threat. His production over the final eight games will help determine his value.