NFL Awards Watch: Week 7
Who says that size matters? That phrase certainly doesn't apply to Redskins linebacker
At 5-foot-9, 240 pounds, and blessed with outstanding natural instincts and a relentless motor, Fletcher plays the game in fast forward. He routinely beats blockers with his quickness and often appears to know the play before it develops. Though Fletcher relies on his athleticism to avoid and slip blockers in traffic, he is a ferocious hitter who changes the game with bone-jarring tackles. His 60 tackles this season rank fifth in the league, and his knack for creating big plays has keyed the 'Skins' sixth-ranked defense.
"He is a terrific player," said an AFC scout. "He does a great job of using his quickness and instincts to make plays."
Fletcher put that ability on display during a critical fourth quarter goal line stand in the Redskins' 14-11 victory over the Browns last weekend. With the Browns facing first and goal from the 1, Fletcher shot through a gap in the middle of the line to stop
"He has always been an impact linebacker," said an NFC personnel director. "He is instinctive, with coach-like awareness, much like [former Pro Bowl linebacker]
For Fletcher to be compared to one of the best linebackers to play the game is well deserved praised, and it speaks volumes about the impact he makes. He's never been nominated to a Pro Bowl, but his stellar play this season may finally land him in Hawaii and also earn him the league's defensive player of the year award.