The Redskins have decided to go with Kirk Cousins as the starting quarterback for Week 1, per a report from ESPN. The news follows a series of conflicting reports yesterday about Robert Griffin III's future in Washington. Cousins started in last Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens. After a shaky start, he finished 20 for 27 for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
As we stated yesterday, there are reports ownership is resisting moving on from RG3 while the coaches are ready, so things could get ugly. Cousins owns a career 7.4 YPA, but posted 8.4 YPA last season, along with a 10:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. As we also added, DeSean Jackson's numbers remained pretty much the same with Cousins under center while Pierre Garcon's production increased significantly. He averaged 4.2 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD in the six games that Cousins played last season. Those are high-end fantasy WR3 numbers. Both Cousins and Colt McCoy were having pretty good camps.
According to the report, front office officials and coaches are prepared to move on from Robert Griffin III but they are meeting resistance from ownership. There have been trade talks involving Griffin but there has been no interest.
But, in any case, it appears that Griffin’s time as the starting quarterback here is near an end. According to the report, from Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini, there is a “groundswell of support from a strong segment of football people within the organization to change quarterbacks.”
In terms of either trading or releasing Griffin, they are meeting resistance from owner Daniel Snyder. It is uncertain if coach Jay Gruden, general manager Scot McCloughan, and others in the football part of the operation have the authority to remove Griffin from the roster against Snyder’s wishes.
It's going to be an ugly divorce, especially if owner Daniel Snyder is not on board. Kirk Cousins owns a career 7.4 YPA, but posted 8.4 YPA last season, along with a 10:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The sample size is small (six games), but DeSean Jackson's numbers remained pretty much the same with Cousins under center while Pierre Garcon's production increased significantly. He averaged 4.2 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD in the six games that Cousins played last season. Those are high-end fantasy WR3 numbers.
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Cousins owns a career 7.4 YPA, but posted 8.4 YPA last season, along with a 10:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The sample size is small (six games), but DeSean Jackson's numbers remained pretty much the same with Cousins under center while Pierre Garcon's production increased significantly. He averaged 4.2 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD in the six games that Cousins played last season. Those are high-end fantasy WR3 numbers.
Griffin still hasn't fully recovered from the concussion he suffered recently.
Robert Griffin III made it through a second straight practice without experiencing any lingering symptoms from the concussion that knocked him out of last Thursday’s preseason game against Detroit.
The quarterback on Tuesday handled a full workload, two days after practicing for the first time since suffering the concussion. (The Redskins had Monday off from practice). Griffin will see the team neurologist on Thursday, Coach Jay Gruden said, and if he remains symptom-free, he should receive clearance to play in Saturday’s game at Baltimore.
If healthy, Griffin will be the starting quarterback as Washington travels to take on Baltimore on Saturday evening. The fourth-year veteran will remain the starter despite having completed just 46.2 percent of his passes (6 for 13 for 44 yards), getting sacked three times, fumbling twice (one lost) and posting a passer rating of 54.6. Griffin didn’t play in the 2013 preseason because he was still working his way back from knee surgery. He last led the first-team offense to a preseason touchdown in 2012 the story pointed out. Meanwhile, but Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins have played pretty well in preseason games.
It is becoming apparent that the No. 2 quarterback in Washington will have a good shot at becoming No. 1 at some point during the season.
It’s not too much of a stretch to concoct a doom and gloom scenario for Robert Griffin III. Watching him on Thursday against the Lions and throughout his career since 2013, it seems almost inevitable that his season will be interrupted by either injury or ineffectiveness. That means that the winner of the competition for the No. 2 quarterback job is likely to start some regular season games and perhaps sooner rather than later.
So who is the leader in that competition between Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy? Jay Gruden said during training camp that performance in preseason games would be the primary determining factor. If there is a leader in the battle, Gruden has not tipped his hand to reveal which one it is.
“They’re doing extremely well,” said Gruden of the play of the two backups during the preseason.
The story went on to say throughout OTAs, minicamp and training camp, Cousins and McCoy have split the work with the second and third teams about as evenly as you can. Cousins has completed 77 percent of his passes averaging 9.4 yards per attempt while McCoy is completing passes at a 75 percent clip and also averaging 9.4 yards per pass. Both have been behind center for seven drives. Cousins has had better results, with the team scoring three touchdowns and a field goal with him in the game while McCoy’s possessions have resulted in two touchdowns, the story all said. As you can see, things are pretty close. It's a situation to pay attention to especially if you play in deeper leagues or leagues that start two QBs.
It didn’t take long to go from Redskins coach Jay Gruden announcing that quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion after getting crunched by the Lions on Thursday night to reports that Griffin was fine, which caused some media members covering the game to wonder if the diagnosis was a convenient way to keep Griffin from talking to the media after a rough night.
People holding that opinion probably won’t be swayed by what they saw on the field at Sunday’s practice. There hasn’t been much time for Griffin to get cleared through the league’s concussion protocol, but multiple reporters at the practice report that Griffin is running the starting offense during 11-on-11 drills against the Redskins defense.
The quick turnaround from a concussion to being cleared for a full practice will likely lead to questions for Gruden, Griffin and others in the organization about the evaluation and treatment processes. Either way, it appears Griffin is fine.
"Robert's fine," Washington tight end Je'Ron Hamm said on a conference call as the Redskins enjoyed a second straight off day. "He got a little banged up. I (don't) like to see any of my teammates down there on the ground, (but) I'm glad to know that he's going to be all right."
Griffin, who's expected to be Washington's opening day starter for a fourth straight season, was injured when Lions defensive end Corey Wootton landed on him while trying to recover his fumble early in the second quarter in a 21-17 Redskins victory.
It remains unclear if Griffin will be in the lineup in Washington's next game on Aug. 29 at Baltimore, the penultimate matchup on the Redskins' preseason schedule. Since NFL teams generally rest their starters in preseason finales, if Griffin is held out against the Ravens, the hope is he would be ready for the Sept. 13 regular season opener against Miami, the story said
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:57am
The Jets’ concussions, as well as the concussion suffered by Robert Griffin III on Thursday, bring back into focus a common concern in the NFL: Players are putting their health at risk in meaningless preseason games. Owners and players alike have shown interest in the possibility of shortening the preseason, but they can’t come to an agreement on how to go about doing that, and whether the regular season should be lengthened to compensate for the lost preseason games.
Jets wide receiver Shaquelle Evans also suffered a back injury, while offensive tackle Ben Ijalana suffered a knee injury and defensive back Dashaun Phillips suffered a rib injury.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, under siege during limited action versus Detroit on Thursday, exited early with a stinger and a possible head injury and was ruled out for the game.
Update: Griffin does indeed have a concussion. Expect him to miss some time.
RG3 averaged 12.0 fantasy points in the six games that he started and finished in 2014. That's what Blake Bortles averaged as the league's #24 fantasy quarterback. We know Griffin is capable of more, but he hasn't been the same player since his rookie season. Specifically, he's not running the ball as often or as effectively. A concussion would force him to miss valuable practice reps.
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has done some good things, but he’s still not “there” yet. The quarterback definitely looks more comfortable running the offense now that he’s in his second season with Gruden and Sean McVay, and thanks to the hours he has put in with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.
Griffin is doing a better job of scanning the field, getting the ball out of his hands more quickly and making better decisions. His fundamentals have improved, and that helps delivery. There are times, however, where those fundamentals get sloppy, and his accuracy wanes. Or sometimes, Griffin misses an opportunity downfield because he’s so intent on getting the ball out more quickly. He still has a habit of staring down receivers, which helps telegraph to defenders where he’s going with the ball.
But all in all, Redskins coaches and officials believe that they see better play and confidence. In practices, Griffin has been the most consistent of the three quarterbacks. However, the Redskins need more from him. It’ll be good to see Griffin go through two quarters of action on Thursday night. The more he plays, the better. It’s the only way he’s going to improve.
The next two preseason games are extremely important for Griffin. He hasn’t led the first-team offense to a touchdown in a preseason game since his rookie season. He has to be able to put points on the board. Each week he must take another big jump forward in his development. If he regresses, and this offense doesn’t produce, Gruden will begin running out of patience and will be forced to try another quarterback, even though they each have their limitations. Kirk Cousins has had ball security issues, but looked good last week against the Browns. Colt McCoy has had a rather rocky training camp. Griffin must produce, and he must stay healthy, the story went on to say. Most of the news out of Skins camp has been positive about RG3 so there are some encouraging signs there. In terms of fantasy, he's more of a QB2 prospect to take with the hope he gets back close to his rookie form.
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:55pm
After Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden's public criticism of Robert Griffin III last season, it sure sounds as if there is a concerted effort to say mostly nice things about the quarterback nowadays.
And not just on Gruden's part. General manager Scot McCloughan, too.
In a brief meeting with reporters after a morning walkthrough at training camp Sunday, McCloughan was asked about Griffin's performance against the Cleveland Browns in Washington's first exhibition game.
"Liked it a lot. Liked it a lot. I see improvement. Liked it a lot," McCloughan said. "I see confidence. I see ball out on time. I see a good football player."
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:50pm
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III is having an impressive morning throwing the ball, despite rain that sent fans scurrying for cover at the Redskins’ Bon Secours training camp on Saturday.
Since the first of three practices against the Texans, Griffin has been completing passes all over the field.
This is Griffin’s fourth season with the Redskins. It’s a crucial season for him.
Griffin is having a great camp so far as he tries to bounce back to form. He's another of our QB2 ranked signal callers who may surprise and give owners some later-round upside at the position if they are looking to stream or play a committee.
"I feel like he's on a steady climb," Gruden said in a press conference. "And we just gotta keep him that way."
But while Griffin's reported progress is a great development for the team overall, Gruden knows that having all the focus on #10 isn't the way things need to be.
"We're trying to make this more about the team than Robert," he said.
Gruden said it's more knowledge of the system and repetition that's helped RGIII look more comfortable. The coach added they want to keep building him and build his confidence and surround him with a good running game and defense.
In fact, Griffin went a combined 16 of 18 in 11-on-11 drills on Friday and Saturday. One major emphasis for the fourth-year passer is consistency. And, after an up and down Day 1, he's shown well.
"While it may be early" is a good reason to counter any kind of positive news in training came for most players this time of year, for RGIII any little bit of good news may mean a little more. Obviously he's a key to the Redskins offense that features a lot of talent, so if Griffin can keep his momentum going heading into the season, it may be good news for his owners. Griffin is ranked just 21st on our QB list but would be a popular waiver wire pickup if he starts to put up fantasy numbers with his arms and feet.
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