Washington Redskins Archive
First off, let me apologize for the lack of Redskins posts on this blog over the past several months. I know it's been awhile. Too long. No excuse.
Now that that's over, here we go with the 2015 season! Training camp starts back up later this week and let's take a look at some players to watch.
ASHBURN They were unstoppable rookies who found the NFL as easy as their playground days. Robert Griffin III was the second overall pick in 2012 and won Rookie of the Year. Somewhat overlooked, though equally important, was Alfred Morris, a sixth-rounder from a small school who could have easily fallen out of the draft.
Last week while in my car I thought about the women's World Cup semifinal game between the United States and Germany I planned to watch that night. So I tuned to a D.C. sports radio talk show, hoping to learn more about the game.
ASHBURN, Va. As he headed to the locker room Wednesday following the Redskins' final practice of the offseason, a smiling Robert Griffin III had pep in his step. One day earlier, he had one of his better sessions of the offseason, and that performance garnered the praise of Griffin's head coach, both on the field and during Jay Gruden's post-practice press conference.
Only time will reveal whether the first cadre of draft picks by Washington general manager Scot McCloughan will form the core of a contender, if they can help reverse a woebegone franchise's track. The question that matters: Are these guys any good? The only honest answer: Who knows?
WASHINGTON The Redskins' lease at FedEx Field doesn't expire for 12 years, but Gov. Terry McAuliffe is aggressively pushing to ensure the team's next stadium is built in his state, giving Virginia a head start over Maryland and the District of Columbia.
ASHBURN As he reviewed his first season as an NFL head coach, Jay Gruden realized he had underestimated the responsibilities that would fall on his shoulders, and those of offensive coordinator Sean McVay. That prompted Gruden to hire former NFL quarterback and veteran assistant Matt Cavanaugh as quarterbacks coach. Cavanaugh spent the past two seasons in the same position with Chicago.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden is at the NFL owners' meeting in Phoenix, where he is scheduled to speak to reporters Wednesday at the NFC coaches' media breakfast. Comcast SportsNet's Tarik El-Bashir caught up with Gruden for a couple minutes on Monday and asked him about Robert Griffin III's mindset going into the offseason.
Are the Redskins now going to be sellers in the draft? After adding two free-agent defensive linemen, Washington probably won't be drafting pass rushers Shane Ray or Randy Gregory with the fifth overall selection on April 30 anymore. Their focus shifts to quarterback Marcus Mariota or other needs.
INDIANAPOLIS Despite a tumultuous third NFL season in which he missed significant time because of injury, returned and then got benched and then was re-inserted to the lineup for the final two games, Robert Griffin III will enter the 2015 campaign as Washington's starting quarterback, coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday.
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