Washington Redskins rookie guard Brandon Scherff on Tuesday was named to PFWA's All-Rookie Team after a first season in which he played all but one snap for a division-winning team.
The first offensive lineman taken in the 2015 NFL Draft, Brandon Scherff was expected to be an instant contributor at the professional level.
He was, helping settle a Washington Redskins offensive line that lowered their sack total from 58 in 2014 to just 27 during an NFC East-winning 2015 season.
Scherff on Tuesday was selected by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) as All-Rookie Team member.
Leading the offense in snaps during the season, Scherff, a University of Iowa product, missed just one play during his first year with the Redskins.
"I thought I improved," Scherff said of his season during last week's open locker room session. "That's the goal is to try and improve each and every day and with Coach [Bill] Callahan, he pushed you to be the best you can be and I'm excited to keep moving forward."
Scherff teamed with tackle Morgan Moses to form a young but talented right side of the offensive line.
Over time, their chemistry got "better each and every game."
"Going back and watching the double games that we played, the Giants game comparing it to the Eagles game and vice versa, you know it's crazy how you can see improvement throughout the year," Scherff said. "And I thought we played faster and played more together towards the end of the year."
Scherff is going to stay in Virginia for the offseason. His goal is to take a few weeks off to help his body recover from his first NFL season.
After that, it's about building on the foundation laid by a successful rookie season.
"Just take advantage of the time [I] have off and like I said, come ready to go," Scherff said. "I thought [my body] held up pretty well. It's all about -- I talked to some older guys -- taking advantage of all the time you have. I bought some massage hammers and took care of my body, and your job right now is your body, so they said take care of it."
Here is the complete All-Rookie Team:
Check out these photos of Universtiy of Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff, the Redskins' fifth-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
QB – Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB – Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams; Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
WR – Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders; Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
TE – Will Tye, New York Giants
C – Mitch Morse, Kansas City Chiefs
G – Ali Marpet, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Brandon Scherff, Washington Redskins
T – Rob Havenstein, St. Louis Rams; Donovan Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DL – Malcom Brown, New England Patriots; Eddie Goldman, Chicago Bears; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings; Leonard Williams, New York Jets
LB – Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Stephone Anthony, New Orleans Saints; Eric Kendricks, Minnesota Vikings
CB – Ronald Darby, Buffalo Bills; Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs
S – Adrian Amos, Chicago Bears; Landon Collins, New York Giants
PK – Josh Lambo, San Diego Chargers
P – Matt Darr, Miami Dolphins
KR – Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
PR – Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
ST – Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks