Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. Griffin has been medically cleared to play and will start, per HC Jay Gruden. He’s a risky start in his first game back, but given his weapons and ability add fantasy points in the running game, we believe he’s a high-end QB2 against the Vikings.
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Griffin has been medically cleared to play and will start, per HC Jay Gruden. He’s a risky start, but given his weapons and ability add fantasy points in the running game, we believe he’s a high-end QB2 against the Vikings.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Griffin has been medically cleared to play and Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 in Washington, D.C. reported via Twitter that Griffin will indeed start against the Vikings.
This has yet to be confirmed by the team, but it looks like Griffin may make his return this week. Due to his ability to run the ball, he'd likely land somewhere in the 13-15 range in our Week 9 quarterback rankings.
Robert Griffin III is “very, very, very close” to returning to the Redskins’ lineup, Coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday. But the team still has not decided if it will happen Sunday in Minnesota or after the bye week.
“We’re not going to rush Robert back no matter what happens,” Gruden said on a conference call with reporters, asked whether Colt McCoy's performance in Dallas has changed Griffin's timeline at all. “We’re going to make sure he’s 100-percent. And until we feel like he’s 100-pecent, Colt will still play. And Colt did a great job, obviously, leading us to victory against Dallas.”
Gruden added: “But it’s all going to be predicated on when a doctor say he’s 100-percent, when Robert feels like he’s 100-percent and when I feel like he’s ready to take game-time reps.”
Griffin, who has been sidelined since Week 2 with a left ankle injury, was inactive for a sixth straight game on Monday night in Dallas, where McCoy shook off some early struggles and directed the Redskins to a 20-17 win in overtime.
The story added that after the game against Dallas, Griffin said he had hoped to return against the Cowboys but the Redskins’ medical team and coaching staff decided it would be best if he sat out a bit longer. How much longer could be determined in the coming days, according to Gruden. After an off day Tuesday, the players return to Redskins Park for a light practice on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be normal workdays and, sometime after that, Gruden will make his decision on a starter, according to the story. The bye week follows the Minnesota game and it may be a logical opportunity to get RGIII an extra week of health. For those interested in RGIII, his schedule starts to look pretty good after the bye week with lots of "green" featured on his SOS profile. The way things stand now, only the 49ers (Week 12) is a tough matchup on paper between Weeks 11-16.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:49pm
Washington’s receivers weren’t too happy at halftime. It doesn’t take a lot of digging to realize why. The starting three combined for seven targets in the first two quarters of Monday night’s win at Dallas. Meanwhile, the offense had produced three points.
Nobody felt it more than Pierre Garcon, who had just one ball thrown his way in the first half (resulting in a 2-yard loss). In fact, Garcon has only had 24 passes thrown his way the past five games combined. This after being targeted a combined 31 times in the first three games.
“In the first half, everybody was a little frustrated,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “I know the receivers were a little frustrated. I know Pierre was frustrated because there were so many things we felt we were leaving on the table. I ... put out some fires.”
Garcon averaged around 12 targets a game last year so it's easy to see why he's frustrated. The QB play for Washington has been inconsistent and Colt McCoy was the third QB to start this season. Garcon owners may want to try and stay patient as the return of QB Robert Griffin III could help Garcon's production in the second half of the season.
Colt McCoy will start as expected.
RGIII has been out since Week 2 with a dislocated ankle. Although listed as questionable, he was closer to doubtful according to sources. He'll miss his sixth straight game. With a bye in Week 10 the Redskins could hold out the quarterback an additional week and have him return in Week 11 for the stretch run, the story added.
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took limited practice reps again Friday. Griffin is not expected to play on Monday night. Colt McCoy will get the start. He completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Week 7, though his numbers were inflated by a 70-yard catch and run by Pierre Garcon.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took limited practice reps Thursday. Griffin is not expected to play on Monday night. Colt McCoy will get the start. He completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Week 7, though his numbers were inflated by a 70-yard catch and run by Pierre Garcon. HC Jay Gruden implied that Griffin may be back in Week 11.
“I would guarantee Tampa, most likely, unless something happens between now and then,” Gruden told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “You’ve got a good bye week, you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure it’s ready. Obviously Robert is a quick healer. He works extremely hard in the training room. So the process could be sped up a little bit depending on how he feels.”
It’s highly unlikely that Griffin will play in Dallas on Monday night, and nearly as unlikely that he’d play on a short week in Minnesota the following Sunday.
Waiting until after the bye gives Griffin more than three more weeks not only to heal but also to prepare.
Once healthy, Griffin will return to a good situation that includes Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and a now-healthy Jordan Reed. The Redskins are currently 14th in fantasy points generated from its passing game, and Griffin adds the extra dimension of being able to run the ball. Expect low-end QB1/high-end QB2 numbers upon his return. His playoff schedule is favorable with matchups against the Rams, Giants and Eagles from Week 14 to Week 16.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:46pm
According to Redskins beat writers from CSN Washington, HC Jay Gruden seems to be losing his patience with the stagnant running game.
“Where do you want me to start?” he said Monday, asked what’s wrong with the ground attack.
But after saying Alfred Morris has missed some cutback opportunities in addition to numerous other systemic breakdowns, Gruden also gave Morris a vote of confidence, saying, “We still like Alfred. We still feel like he’s going to carry us to where we need to go.”
So it doesn’t sound to me like making a change is even in the discussion.
The normally consistent Morris has been anything but this year. It's a similar situation where LeSean McCoy is struggling but Darren Sproles has fewer carries but a higher yards per carry average. The same can be said for Roy Helu and Morris in Washington. Helu's carries are far and few between, but he's performing better behind a bad offensive line. The schedule does ease for the short term so we'll see if the team can get some momentum in the running game. The possible return of Robert Griffin III at QB could also help.
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Robert Griffin III returning for the upcoming Monday night game at Dallas, but went ahead and named third-string Colt McCoy as Washington’s starter.
“He still has a long way to go,” Gruden said of Griffin during Monday’s press conference. “I wouldn’t rule him out, but he has got a way to go to show that he can play, show that his ankle is 100 percent. That’s the big thing: He has got to be 100 percent ready to go. We don’t want to put him out there at 85 percent, have it be weak and have him do something to it. We want to make sure he’s ready to go when he’s out there.”
Griffin dislocated his left ankle in the first quarter of Washington’s Sept. 14 game against Jacksonville and has been sidelined since. Backup Kirk Cousins stepped in to win that game but lost the subsequent four and was on a downward trajectory Sunday against Tennessee, having turned the ball over twice, when Gruden benched him at halftime in favor of McCoy.
“Right now we’re going to move forward with Colt,” Gruden said. “I’d like to make the decision as soon as we can so we can get the reps. I’m a big rep guy. I want to make sure we get the starter ready to go, so we’re moving forward with the Cowboys with Colt, and Kirk is going to get the reps he gets and he’ll be ready to go if need be. But Colt will be the starter on Monday night.”
The team can't wait until Monday to name a starter just because of preparation, so McCoy gets the nod for now and will take the first team reps. It sounds like RGIII has a way to go and would likely need to get his reps in during the week in order to start on Monday, so that's something to keep an eye on. It's not a great situation, and to make matters worse it's a Monday night game at Dallas against their surprisingly good defense. RGIII is worth a pickup if you're in need of help at the position but probably shouldn't be saved to play on Monday night with too much up in the air at this point.
Monday, October 20, 2014, 10:49am
Coach Jay Gruden made a concerted effort to call more running plays; they accounted for 26 of the 57 offensive plays in the game, gaining 3.8 yards per rush and accounting for 100 yards of the total offensive output of 351 yards.
“We had some good runs and some not-so-good runs today,” Gruden said afterward. “We have to improve our running game, obviously. It’s still not that up to par, in my opinion, for us to be successful. We want to get the ball out of our hands, for good reasons.”
Morris hurt an ankle and briefly came out of the game, but he didn’t miss a series. Morris has been anything but his usual, consistent self this season. He's had over 20 carries just twice this year, those coming in Weeks 2 and 3. His Week 7 total of 18 carries is his highest since Week 3 but he only managed three yards per carry. Owners may have one last gasp at Morris bouncing back - if the return of QB Robert Griffin III can open things up. That could happen Week 8, but it's a Monday night game at Dallas so the matchup isn't a great one again this week for Morris owners. The schedule does ease a bit and he has good playoff matchups in Weeks 15 and 16.
“You would like to have your decision made as soon as possible,” Gruden said. “Now, you throw Robert into the mix. Robert has a chance to practice on Wednesday and we have to see where he is. See where he is health-wise, and from there I will make a decision from watching the tape of what I’m going to do.”
The story goes on to say that if Griffin can prove to the medical staff and Gruden that he’s ready to return from the dislocated left ankle he sustained in Week 2, Gruden’s decision would be a rather straightforward one. He’s already said Griffin will reclaim his No. 1 status when he’s medically cleared. Griffin worked out on the field prior to Sunday's game, dropping back, eluding an imaginary pass rush, sprinting on bootlegs and firing on-target passes. If Griffin is not cleared to play, the story added, that’s when Gruden will have a tougher choice between Cousins or McCoy. McCoy replaced Cousins at the start of the second half against the Titans after Cousins committed his second turnover of the game and 11th this season. Washington takes on a red-hot Dallas team whose defense has been playing better than expected this season. Since the game is Monday night, things could get tricky if you're planning on playing any of the three.
Redskins HC Jay Gruden had opted to stick with QB Kirk Cousins this week, even after he threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss at Arizona. He believed that the third-year quarterback needed to continue to work his way through his turnover tendencies, and that eventually he would achieve a breakthrough.
But the problems resurfaced, and when Cousins threw right to linebacker Wesley Woodyard, Gruden had seen enough.
“After the interception, we decided to go with Colt,” Gruden explained. “... I thought after the interception – turning the ball over – we talked about accountability, ball security. That was a standard pass play that we’ve run for a long, long time and he threw it right to him, unfortunately, and I decided to go with Colt in the second half.”
Cousins also fumbled during his time on the field. McCoy finished 11-of-12 for 128 yards and the TD to Pierre Garcon. If you saw the play, you know his final numbers are a bit misleading. Who starts in Week 8 is a bit of a mystery. There has been all kinds of speculation Robert Griffin III will be able to take part in team drills and take the field in Week 8. The Skins play at Dallas on Monday night. It's pretty safe to say when RGIII is ready, the job is his.
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