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20 questions in 20 days: 2 How much should RG3 run?


20 questions in 20 days: 2 How much should RG3 run?

By Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir
CSNwashington.com20 questions in 20 daysAs we count down to the first game of the Redskins season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to be looking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to look into their crystal balls and answer them.Question 2: How much should RG3 run?The background:Robert Griffin III is fast, as in he could have run the 400 meter hurdles in last months Olympics fast. Thats great, but your prototypical pocket quarterback cant really take advantage of classic speed. A quarterback only can do that if he runs past the line of scrimmage and the thought of The Franchise doing that literally makes some Redskins fans sick to their stomachs. But is going to run some, the question is, how often.Tandler:This just infootball is a dangerous game. Yes, there is danger in RG3 running the ball. But, as I pointed out in an article earlier this summer,there is plenty danger for a quarterback in the pocket, too. There is nothing extraordinarily risky in a game plan that has several planned runs for Griffin. The potential risk would balanced by the potential reward of Griffin getting loose in the other teams secondary. And a few times a game he will take off after dropping back to pass. Thats part of the game. Of course, you dont want him being your workhorse back or taking off to run on every other pass play. If he runs five time a game that will not be enough to take advantage of his speed; ten attempts, though, would be too many.El-Bashir:Last season, Cam Newton attempted 126 carries, the most among quarterbacks. Michael Vick, meantime, rushed the ball 76 times (in 13 games). It would reasonable to see Griffin settle somewhere in the middle, which would put him between five and eight rushes per contest. Griffin wont just take off when the pocket breaks down, hell do it by design, too. Its why the Redskins gave up so much to draft the former track standout -- hes a threat to pass and run, potentially preoccupying defenses as they anticipate the latter. In the preseason, Griffin carried the ball a total of five times for 22 yards. That was also by design. No one is exactly sure how the Shanahans plan to use Griffin. But the safe bet is that hell showcase his speed and agility, and he'll do it quite often.Agree? Disagree? Hit us up in the comments or on Twitter @Rich_Tandler and @TarikElBashir.20 questions in 20 days20 Aug.20Will Jammal Brown play this year?
19 Aug.21Will Chris Cooley make the team?
18 Aug. 22Can Brandon Meriweather get he job done at safety?
17 Aug. 23Is Garon a No. 1 receiver?
16 Aug. 24Can Trent Williams go from good to great?
15 Aug. 25Can DeAngelo Hall be a defensive playmaker?
14 Aug. 26Can Santana Moss regain his old form?
13 Aug. 27Can Orakpo post 15 sacks?
12 Aug. 28Will Leonard Hankerson break out?
11 Aug. 29Can the Redskins flip their turnover ratio?
10 Aug. 30How much can Hightower contribute this year?
9 Aug. 31Was making Billy Cundiff the kicker a good move?
8 Sept. 1Will Josh Morgan be worth the investment?
7 Sept. 2What can Jarvis Jenkins contribute?
6 Sept. 3Is the offensive line depth good enough?
5 Sept. 4Will a running back by committee work?
4 Sept. 5Is the defense ready to carry the load?
3 YesterdayHow many wins is enough?
2 TodayHow much should RG3 run?
1 TomorrowIs RG3 the answer?

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Redskins inactives vs. Lions: Despite shoulder injury, DeSean Jackson will play

Redskins inactives vs. Lions: Despite shoulder injury, DeSean Jackson will play

DETROIT—Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson, who was listed as questionable for today’s game with a shoulder injury, will be active against the Lions.

As expected, Jordan Reed, who is recovering from a concussion, is inactive for the second straight game. The star tight end remains in the NFL concussion protocol.

However, rookie linebacker Su’a Cravens is active after missing two straight games with a concussion. Cravens was able to practice in full on Thursday and Friday and he was not listed on the injury report for the game.


In addition to Reed, the Redskins’ inactives are:

  • QB Nate Sudfeld
  • OL Vinston Painter
  • WR Rashad Ross
  • DL Anthony Lanier
  • CB Dashaun Phillips
  • S Josh Evans


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Redskins vs. Lions Live Updates: Scores, stats, analysis, highlights

Redskins vs. Lions Live Updates: Scores, stats, analysis, highlights

The Redskins are in Detroit in hopes of extending their win streak to five games as they take on the Lions in Week 7.

The Redskins (4-2) bounced back from an 0-2 start to win four consecutive games, and face a Lions (3-3) team that has won two straight, behind strong performances from quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receivers Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.

The Week 7 game between the Lions and Redfskins kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET from Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

Before the game begins, tune into "Redskins Kickoff" at noon, only on CSN. (Channel Finder)

CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live updates of the game, with stats, highlights and analysis.

As always, this page will serve as your gamethread. Wanna comment on the game? Mad at the game plan/ Leave a comment below and itneract.

Week 7 Redskins vs. Lions Live Updates:


1:40 p.m. - A tough stat for Jones. 


1:35 p.m. - So far there's been a missed field goal by the Lions, followed by a fumble recovered for a touchback by Matt Jones. Will the Redskins change running backs? 

1:25 p.m. - Well, this game is off to an interesting start. Matt Stafford found Golden Tate on a third and long, but did so in, uh, unique fashion. 


12:39 p.m. — Michigan State fans apparently wanted to get a glimpse of their favorite son. The school ran a promotion for students, faculty and alumni to get discounted tickets to see Kirk Cousins's homecoming. 

12:27 p.m. - In his first NFL start in his home state of Michigan, Kirk Cousins was sure to see more than a few familiar faces. And sure enough, it seems the entire Cousins clan has come out in full force to support the Redskins' quarterback. 

12:21 p.m. - Well, well, a familiar face in the DMV is in the house at Ford Field.  Former Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, now apart of the Lions coaching staff, looked on during pregame warmup before his team faced the Redskins. Edsall's official title with Detroit is "Director of Football Research-Special Projects."

12:10 p.m. - "Gotta support the team."

11:55 a.m - Do you know who is starting at RB for the Lions? I ask because even I'm not sure.

/looks on Google/

Dwayne Washington. Never heard of him. 

11:45 a.m. - What you need to know: The Lions and Redskins both love to chuck the pigskin. But the game could be decided by the run game. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are out for the Lions. Matt Jones and Robert Kelley are healthy and need to make a difference when calle dupon for the Redskins. The two teams may not run it a lot, but when they do, the backs need to capitalize

11:35 a.m. - The Redskins inactive list is in: Jordan Reed is OUT, but DeSean Jackson and Su'a Cravens are ACTIVE. That is good news.

11: 25 a.m. - It's a homecoming of sorts for Kirk Cousins. The Michigan native is back in town, and a host of Cousins' family is at Fordf Field to watch him play.

That photo was taken by CSNMA videographer Mitch Tischler. You can follow Mitch on Twitter if you want. Entirely up to you. 

11:15 a.m. - Welcome to CSN Mid-Atlantic's live coverage of the Week 7 tilt between the Redskins and Lions. You can follow me on Twitter, @TroyMachir.  Be sure to follow Redskins Insiders JP FInlay and Rich Tandler, who are in Detroit, Mich. for the game. Be sure to follow our CSN Redskins account for vines, .GIFs and in-game analysis.