Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle, out) has been ruled out for Week 3. Kirk Cousins gets the start. In four previous starts, he averaged 269 yards with 1.5 TD and 1.5 INT, which equates to QB17-type numbers. He’s a Sneaky Start this week against a shaky Eagles defense.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) was ruled out for Week 3. Kirk Cousins gets the start. In four previous starts, he averaged 269 yards with 1.5 TD and 1.5 INT, which equates to QB17-type numbers. He’s a Sneaky Start this week against a shaky Eagles defense.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III told reporters today that he does not have a fractured bone in his left ankle and that he will know more about how long he will be out with the injury later today.
Griffin said that it was "positive news." He will not have to undergo surgery, a procedure that likely wold have ended his season.
Looks like the updated, unofficial timetable is 6-8 weeks in terms of how long RGIII will be out. The team said a real timetable won't be known for another couple of weeks but they don't plan to put Griffin on season-ending IR. Kirk Cousins will get the start in Week 3, and it's a great matchup against the Eagles.
The Redskins will come to a major decision point regarding Robert Griffin III next May. He has the 2015 season remaining on his contract. After that, the team has an option to pick up a fifth year at a salary that would be roughly $15 million. That 2016 option would be guaranteed for injury only.
Sunday morning the notion that the Redskins would not exercise that option was out of the question. Even if he struggled in evolving into a pocket passer as coach Jay Gruden envisions, they would give the player they spent three first-round picks and a second to acquire another couple of years to get it right.
But the nature of the injury to Griffin will undoubtedly gives them pause when it comes to committing to that $15 million option. If your ankle gets dislocated in a pile of bodies or when a player falls on it, that’s one thing. But an injury like that sustained with minimal contact is cause for concern.
Griffin could be out as little as 4-5 weeks according to reports. If that's the case, the team will have a decision to make even sooner. If Cousins plays well in any amount of time he's the starter, will the team give RGIII the job back when he's healthy? Chances are if Cousins plays well the team will slow down Griffin's recovery process to avoid that decision. While this piece is just one opinion, it's a good point about Griffin's injury coming without contact. And, it makes you wonder if Griffin has already played his last game in Washington. For now, from a fantasy perspective, Cousins is a nice pickup with a very good matchup against the Eagles in Week 3...
Jackson is considered day-to-day. If he's available Week 3, which happens to be against his former team, the Eagles, he'll have Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball as Robert Griffin III is out indefinitely with a dislocated ankle. If Jackson can't go, Andre Roberts likely gets the WR2 role and makes for a potentially sneaky start as the Eagles rank near the bottom in allowing fantasy points to WRs. Guys like Ryan Grant, Aldrick Robinson and Santana Moss now possibly pop up on the fantasy radar if Jackson can't go.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced the diagnosis following Washington's 41-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Griffin suffered the injury while rolling to his right toward the sideline in the first quarter. Although he was not touched on the play, Griffin fell awkwardly out of bounds and was carted to the locker room.
After his leg was placed in a splint, Griffin waved, saluted and gave a thumbs-up signal to the crowd as he was carted along the sideline and down the players' tunnel.
Pro Football Talk is reporting Griffin could only miss 4-5 weeks. Griffin was replaced by Kirk Cousins, who passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Griffin is less than two years removed from reconstructive knee surgery and visibly struggled in his recovery from the operation last season. Cousins immediately becomes an interesting story for the Skins. RGIII had mostly struggled to this point and there was some talk that Cousins was a much better fit for Gruden's offense. It looks like we'll get to find out... For those struggling at QB, Cousins makes for a potential solid pickup and a safe backup if that's what owners are in the market for. Cousins steps right in to a very favorable Week 3 matchup against the Eagles, but it's followed up with tougher games against the Giants, Seahawks, Cardinals and Titans. If Cousins plays well over this stretch and Washington wins games, it's very like RG3 is not rushed back.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 12:57pm
In the Redskins season opening 17-6 loss to the Houston Texans, Washington attempted 37 passes to 23 runs. That ratio does not lend itself to Washington's advantage, and head coach Jay Gruden addressed the discrepancy Monday.
"We’ve got to have good balance on our team, but it does start with the run game," Gruden said. "If I had to do it all over again Sunday, I probably would have run the ball more than I did."
Morris can certainly carry the load but the Skins will have to show something in the passing game to keep defenses honest. This should open up play-action which could also help RGIII get back on track.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 12:46pm
Washington HC Jay Gruden said that they will continue to work on getting the ball to WR DeSean Jackson.
“There are some other things we need to try moving forward to get him the ball because he’s electric when he gets the ball,” said Gruden. “It’s good to see him out there. He competed very well.”
Gruden added that short passes aren't a bad thing but that was all QB Robert Griffin III was able to get to Jackson as the Texans took away the deep threat. Jackson didn't finish with bad numbers but it sounds like the Redskins want to work on getting him free in space. The potential loss of TE Jordan Reed and RGIII's struggles certainly aren't helping Jackson.
Washington QB Robert Griffin III struggled to move the Redskins offense for four quarters in a 17-6 loss to the Texans on Sunday, rarely pushing the ball downfield while showing none of the explosive running ability that helped make him an instant star as a rookie in 2012.
Griffin's final numbers were OK (29-of-37 for 267 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, one lost fumble), but they don't begin to tell the story. Griffin looked uncomfortable and unsure of himself. That easy confidence we saw during his rookie season is absent.
How stunted was Washington's offense? According to ESPN, Griffin's eight completions to free-agent import DeSean Jackson averaged 2.4 yards in distance through the air. Given Jackson's famed big-play reputation, this is almost impossible to make sense of.
The story says the other concern is Griffin's knee, which is free of a brace and supposedly healthy. But Griffin looked unable to shed defenders as in the past and story wonders if that ability is gone forever. If you're an RGIII owner, there is cause for concern especially if he's your starter. To make things worse the team looks as if they will be without TE Jordan Reed for an extended time.
Washington HC Jay Gruden said today that he sees the Redskins relying on the ground game.
“Our identity needs to be found,” he said. “What are we going to be? We’re going to be a running team, I guess.”
Like any coach, Gruden would prefer to have a varied attack.
“Our identity needs to be diversity,” he said. “We have to be able to be good at both. We have to be able to run the ball, we have to be able to do some play actions off the run and there are going to be some times that we have to do some drop back.”
Gruden doesn't seemed thrilled about the label, though. Many assumed the Skins would pass more under Gruden, especially after bringing in WRs DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. But Robert Griffin III is struggling and seemingly starting a QB controversy at the same time, while the running game, led by Alfred Morris, excels. This, perhaps, gives Morris a bit of a bump in fantasy value. Eventually the Skins will need the threat of a pass game or team's will stack the box. Morris is a rock-solid, high-end RB2 in just about any format, however.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:24pm
New Washington head coach Jay Gruden and his new offense haven't returned Robert Griffin III to his rookie-season form. Despite the struggles -- or the calls for backup Kirk Cousins -- Gruden is sticking with Griffin, the 2012 first-round pick.
“I feel good about the starters we have," he said, via the Washington Post, adding that RG3 "is further along that it appears he is, I think."
The Cousins bandwagon is starting to gain a lot of momentum lately. It's hard to imagine the team benching RGIII unless they struggle out of the gate. Either way, RGIII's stock is falling a bit. The ideal situation is to draft him as a backup or at least part of a committee as long as you have another starter you're comfortable with.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 11:15am
“Let’s stop beating around the bush,” Theismann said in the fourth quarter, via the Washington Post. “Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn’t look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know.
“It’s going to be a decision that Jay Gruden is going to have to make. Right now, Robert Griffin III is his quarterback. Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense]. Now Kirk, like I said, is basically a drop-back quarterback. I see Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, I see Kirk Cousins that way. …”
It's a topic no one seems to want to bring up around Washington, after all, RGIII is firmly planted as the team's starting QB. But if Washington struggles to start the season, or Griffin takes a hit and has to miss time, it will be interesting to see how it plays out should Cousins get to play under center. We're probably a long way off from that situation, but from a fantasy perspective, Cousins would have a lot of weapons to make him an interesting grab off the wire and play in your lineup...
One worrisome point was Redskins RB Robert Griffin III's inability to stay healthy during his first two seasons and we got a reminder of why that’s been an issue on Monday night. Griffin took several hard hits at the end of scrambles against the Browns and ended the evening with a bruised thigh. Griffin says that it isn’t a serious injury and admitted that he has to do a better job of avoiding those collisions, calling his attempts to better protect himself a “work in progress.”
Griffin promised that he’d get better at it, something coach Jay Gruden said has to happen.
“It’s something we have to continue to talk to him about — how important he is to this team and this franchise. When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself,” Gruden said, via the Associated Press. “He’s had a habit in his career of being able to get himself out of those predicaments with his speed and his athleticism. But here it’s a 16-game season, with the great talent across the league in the NFL, [and] he’s got to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little bit better.”
At some point one has to wonder if Griffin can change something so fundamental to the way he plays the game without hurting his productivity, the story continued. It would benefit him and the team if he could, although he certainly wouldn’t be the first player unable to shake such a habit. Michael Vick still hasn't been able to avoid taking hits when scrambling and often ended up missing time even recently during his days with the Eagles. It's something to consider if you're targeting RGIII in drafts - it's a good idea to have a capable backup.
Even with a hitch in his gait, Gronk can be one of the league's most productive tight ends. But is it worth the risk to rush back before his body is ready?
Breer still believes Gronkowski will play in Week 1 but concedes the decision will likely go "down to the wire."
Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is still a concern heading into the 2014 season. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Given the news that he avoided preseason PUP, Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but this report of a 'decent' limp is not encouraging.
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