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Redskins' QB Griffin looks better at practice

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Redskins' QB Griffin looks better at practice

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III moved better on his sprained right knee at practice Thursday, apparently improving his chances of playing in the Washington Redskins' game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

``You could see he was more comfortable,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. ``He was improved over yesterday.''

As expected, Shanahan reiterated that he plans to wait as long as possible to announce whether Griffin or backup Kirk Cousins will start.

``We'll get a chance to see how Robert progresses during the week and make a decision, probably on game day,'' the coach said.

Griffin was officially listed as ``limited'' in practice. He stretched and made some basic throws during the 20 minutes that the session was open to reporters. He was still favoring his right leg somewhat, but he was able to plant and throw more smoothly than he did on Wednesday.

At one point, Griffin pantomimed taking snaps to the side while Cousins and third-stringer Rex Grossman ran a drill.

``You've got to have a good feeling that he can play at full-strength,'' Shanahan said. ``If he can do that, then he will play.''

Griffin has a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee after getting hit from defensive tackle Haloti Ngata late in regulation in Washington's 31-28 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Griffin's status for Sunday could alter offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's game plan. If the less-mobile Cousins plays - or even if Griffin plays on a knee that's less than 100 percent - then the Redskins would be expected to rely less on the zone-read option that Griffin runs so well.

``Just the threat of it does help,'' Kyle Shanahan said. ``Hopefully he's healthy enough to play, then you're healthy enough to have the threat of the speed option, also.''

Kyle Shanahan said he's yet to see Griffin at full speed this week.

``I think Robert's going to be able to show that he can move well,'' Kyle Shanahan said. ``It's more: Is his knee stable enough, and can he protect himself in there, and is there a risk of further injury?''

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Report: Ravens mulling cutting Dennis Pitta to create more cap space

Report: Ravens mulling cutting Dennis Pitta to create more cap space

A decision on whether to cut or keep Dennis Pitta is one of many issues facing the Ravens this offseason.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Ravens “may balk” at the $5.5 million salary Pitta is due next season. That makes sense, considering Pitta was just 28th in the NFL among tight ends in yards per catch (8.5) despite leading all tight ends with 86 catches. Pitta only had two touchdown catches, and there is concern he no longer has the speed to make explosive plays after two major hip surgeries.

Free agency begins March 9, but cutting Pitta with a June 1 designation would create the most cap space for the Ravens - $5.5 million.

However, if the Ravens release Pitta, they would turn the tight end position over to a question-filled group that includes:

Ben Watson – He is 36 years old, and missed all of the 2016 season with an Achilles injury. Cutting Watson and saving $3 million in cap space might make more sense than cutting Pitta. Especially if Pitta agrees to a pay reduction, as he did before last season.

Nick Boyle – He missed 10 games last season due to his second suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Another suspension could lead to the end of Boyle’s career.

Crockett Gillmore – He must prove he can still healthy after missing seven games in 2016, and 15 games over the past two seasons.

Darren Waller – He was suspended four games in 2016 for his first PED violation, and he has caught just 12 passes in his first two seasons.

Maxx Williams – He is coming off major knee surgery.

Pitta remains a favorite target of quarterback Joe Flacco, and even if Pitta struggles to make splash plays, he is still a chain-mover as a possession receiver. You can make a case for cutting or keeping Pitta. The Ravens will soon make their verdict.

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Have a cool idea? The Ravens might just give you $200,000 for it

Have a cool idea? The Ravens might just give you $200,000 for it

The Ravens are trading in the kicks for pitches all in the name of charity. In a new partnership with Light City Baltimore, the popular football team is utilizing their resources to give back to their community through an exclusive pitch competition for eligible local companies.

The pitch competition, officially titled, the Baltimore Ravens Innovation Challenge at Light City will be held on April 6. The Ravens are looking for start up companies with innovative ideas in need of a little investment push. The applications are live on their website with an upcoming deadline of March 6.

Eligibility includes:

  • Based in Baltimore City or Baltimore County

  • Annual revenue under $5 million

  • Must not be in industries the Ravens have category exclusive partners, including beer and financial services.

Only a lucky six will be selected to pitch to the panel of judges which includes investors and Ravens personnel. Perhaps the ones to impress most are the live audience who also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Like most competitions, there can only be one winner and this lucky company will win the $200,000 sponsorship package.

The package includes:

  • LED signage at M&T Bank Stadium

  • Digital advertising on the Ravens website

  • Print advertising in the Ravens yearbook

  • Game day publications

  • Exposure at Ravens Walk, Ravens training camp and the Ravens Flock Festival.

Furthermore, the winning company will work directly with the Ravens to execute the sponsorship.

So, for all you entrepreneurs out there, put on your thinking caps and let your lights shine.

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