Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:59pm
The short answers are that nobody can take DeSean Jackson’s place and the offense will have to figure out how to move the chains the same way the vast majority of the teams in the league do. Very few NFL teams have a receiver with Jackson’s sheer speed and ability to run under almost anything a quarterback throws up there.
The Redskins didn’t have one in 2013. Jackson was an Eagle that year. The Redskins relied on Pierre Garçon to move the football through the air. Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins targeted Garçon a league leading 181 times. They attempted a combined 611 passes so nearly one in every three throws was in Garçon’s direction.
And the receiver came through with 113 receptions, a total that both led the league and set a team record for catches in a single season. The Redskins did not have a top-notch offense doing things this way but they did rank ninth in total yards and the Garçon-centric passing attack kept defenses honest enough to for the team to rank fifth in rushing yards. It was a miserable 3-13 seasons but a shaky defense, awful special teams, and general team dysfunction contributed more to the mess than the offense did.
The piece went on to say there is no reason why this plan can’t work again during Jackson’s temporary absence. With Jackson missing all but a few snaps of the Dolphins game, Garçon was targeted eight times, catching six. Four catches were good for first downs and a fifth reception that should have resulted in a first down was nullified by a highly questionable offensive pass interference penalty.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 1. Kirk Cousins is going to start Week 1. He’s a shaky fantasy start against a good Miami defense.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Kirk Cousins is going to start Week 1.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Kirk Cousins is going to start Week 1.
Washington coach Jay Gruden insists that he still has hopes for Robert Griffin III, even though he made Griffin a backup to Kirk Cousins — and even though Gruden won’t say whether Griffin will be the second-string or third-string quarterback this season.
Gruden said today that he’s optimistic Griffin will get medical clearance to play this week. The team has been holding Griffin out since saying he suffered a concussion in the second preseason game.
“He’s got to see the independent neurologist one more time early this week,” Gruden said.
Once Griffin is healthy enough to play, Gruden says, he’ll have a role on the 53-man roster.
“We feel like he’s a quarterback that’s young and talented that’s done some good things,” Gruden said.
The story summed it up well, saying while Gruden might see some talent in Griffin, he’s unwilling to commit to putting Griffin ahead of Colt McCoy on the depth chart. Gruden said that determination won’t be made until the doctors clear Griffin to play. If Griffin is behind McCoy on the depth chart once the medical clearance comes, that’s a strong sign that no matter what Gruden says publicly, privately he simply doesn’t believe Griffin is good enough.
We may have a new wrinkle in the Robert Griffin III saga. According to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, Griffin has not yet been medically cleared to play and will have to wait a few more days.
Griffin underwent tests on Friday to determine whether he would be cleared, but the results were not made immediately public even to Griffin himself.
Now it appears that Griffin did not pass and will have to wait longer before he is cleared.
RG3 was a bit of a surprise keep by the Redskins as the team got down to 53 players Saturday. Many thought the Skins would cut ties but there seems to be a struggle among the coaches and owner as to what to do with RG3. Ownership seems to want to keep him around.
The Washington Redskins plan to keep Robert Griffin III as their backup quarterback and will not release him ahead of Saturday's roster deadline, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter and John Keim.
Although Kirk Cousins was named Washington's starting quarterback earlier this week, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and president Bruce Allen want to keep Griffin despite the financial risk associated with retaining the former Heisman Trophy winner, a source told ESPN.
Griffin, who has been sidelined since Aug. 20 with a concussion, was scheduled to consult with an independent neurologist Friday. The Redskins still are awaiting word on the results of that exam. There continues to be a struggle, it seems, between ownership and the coaches on what to do with RG3, as it's long been thought the coaches just want to part ways.
Only one other quarterback in the NFL dropped back for more passes last season than Matt Ryan.
And while Ryan still figures to pass it plenty in the Atlanta Falcons new offense called by Kyle Shanahan, seeing Shanahan’s playbook – which requires a quarterback to move in the pocket – he knew he’d have to change his offseason workouts.
“Keepers, that wasn't really a big part of Matt's game for the last four or five years, for him to get back into that, he's had to push his conditioning really good,” head coach Dan Quinn told USA TODAY Sports. “And he's worked really hard at that.”
Shanahan isn’t going to ask Ryan to morph into Robert Griffin III circa 2012, when Shanahan and his father, Mike Shanahan, ran the offense in Washington. But picture mid-2000s Jake Plummer for the Denver Broncos, with his naked bootlegs and scrambles.
Shanahan’s offense will require more of Ryan than seven-stop drops and Quinn is hoping that means a better, more diverse and explosive offense.
There were positive signs in the preseason. Ryan was nearly flawless in his exhibition work, completing 72.2 % of his passes, with a pair of touchdown throws and no interceptions, numbers that were especially encouraging considering the Falcons spent much of the preseason without starting running back Devonta Freeman and No. 2 wide receiver Roddy White, and he was playing behind a makeshift offensive line as starters like left tackle Jake Matthews and center Joe Hawley dealt with injuries, the story said. The good news for fantasy owners is Ryan may end up getting them some points with his feet as well.
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.
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