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Another installment of 'Proof that RG3 gets it'

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Another installment of 'Proof that RG3 gets it'

Yeah, we know you know that Robert Griffin III gets it. And we also know that you dont get tired of reading about more evidence of that fact. So here is some more on the subject.First, Mr. Irrelevant has an exclusive interview with Griffin out today. Its quality stuff, you should go check it out. But lets go towards the end of the interview when RG3 is asked if he plans on going to Nationals Park to throw out the first pitch. Here is his reply:No, I would hate to do that before I play. I would hate to do something like that before I play. Let Fletch go throw out the first pitch, Fletch has been here for a long time. Hes done the football thing for a while, hes proven. Not that Im not proven, according to most guys Im not proven, but in my own mind I am and now I just need to go out and prove it. But I would hate to throw out that first pitch and I still havent taken a snap.Now, according to CSN Washingtons Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chris Cooley has thrown out the first pitch at the ballpark, so perhaps the longest-tenured Redskin could say that the trail already has been blazed for Griffin. Otherwise, I would suggest that the Nationals get an invite out to Fletcher ASAP to clear the way for an RG3 first pitch at some point in the future.In any case, he does not seem to be caught up in his own celebrity and that is a very good sign.And its also a good sign that his teammates are willing to follow him to hell and backor, to Waco, Texas and back, anyway.Griffin told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that some of his receivers are coming to Waco, the home of Baylor University and where Griffin still has an apartment, to work out sometime between now and training camp.Griffin wouldnt say whose idea it was but its doubtful that the pass catchers who are cominghe ticked off the names of Santana Moss,Pierre Garcon, Anthony Armstrong, Aldrick Robinson, Fred Davis, and Brandon Bankslooked at a map and picked Waco as the place to go in July.Whoever did it must have had a heck of a sales pitch. If you look at the 10-day forecast there youll see that the comparison of Waco to hell is not that far off in terms of the weather. Between now and July 8, the lowest high temperature will be 95 degrees. Starting July 3, the high will be 100 or more five out of six days. I don't know that's a dry heat but that's still pretty damn hot.Griffin said that next year they might go someplace more vacation-like such as Los Angeles but for this year, its Waco.Its great that were already starting off on the right foot, Griffin said. All those guys are coming down to throw. For those guys to show that theyre willing to come to Waco, Texas to workout with me lets me know they believe in me.Everyone else is starting to believe, too.

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Redskins' outside LB depth chart looking thin after Galette injury

Redskins' outside LB depth chart looking thin after Galette injury

The Redskins will have to get through the season without Junior Galette, who suffered a second torn Achilles tendon in as many seasons. He won’t be easy to replace but they will have to line up and play 16 games without him just like they did last year.

Ryan Kerrigan, who had 9.5 sacks last year, will start at left outside linebacker as he has since he was drafted in 2011. Preston Smith, who was going to compete with Galette for the starting right side job, will now have that to himself.

Kerrigan had 13.5 sacks just two years ago and Smith has the potential to have that many. After that, however, the Redskins are quite thin.

Last year they had Trent Murphy starting 15 games at right outside linebacker. But he has been moved to the defensive line, adding around 30 pounds to make the position change. Even if the team wants to move him back to linebacker it may not be possible to have Murphy shed the weight.

Assuming Murphy stays on the line, the Galette injury could open the door for a few other players to get an opportunity. Houston Bates played in eight games last year, most on special teams. Willie Jefferson has been looking for an opportunity since he played six games for the Texans in 2013. And Lyden Trail is large (6-7, 270), athletic, and very, very green.

The Redskins also could use rookie Su'a Cravens, their second-round pick, to help out with outside pass rush. He could be of help in nickel situations but at 6-1, 222 he is not big enough to be effective defending against the run from the ouside linebacker spot. 

Training camp is always important for young players but for this group the stakes just went sky high. We will see who responds starting in a few days.

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After promising rookie season ends with terrible injury, Redskins waive Kyshoen Jarrett

After promising rookie season ends with terrible injury, Redskins waive Kyshoen Jarrett

Kyshoen Jarrett was one of the best stories on the Redskins last year. A 6th-round rookie from Virginia Tech, Jarrett found his way into an important role for Washington as the slot cornerback, and saw his playing time steadily increase throughout the season. 

Then, in a meaningless Week 17 win over the Cowboys, Jarrett sustained a shoulder injury. But the shoulder injury wasn't the worst part as he sustained nerve damage that stunted his rehab. 

In a move that surprised few who saw him this summer, on Monday the Redskins waived Jarrett with a failed physical designation. 

From a football sense, the 'Skins secondary should still be much improved after the signing of free agent Josh Norman and drafting Kendall Fuller, another Hokie, in the third round this year. From a personal sense, the Jarrett news is sad to see, as coaches and teammates often said he was a hard worker with what appeared to be a good NFL career in front of him. 

Jarrett played in 16 games last year, making 58 tackles to go with four passes defensed and a forced fumble. 

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With Junior Galette out for the season are any free agents worth bringing in? Greg Hardy?

With Junior Galette out for the season are any free agents worth bringing in? Greg Hardy?

Just days before training camp begins, Junior Galette again tore his Achilles and will be out for the year. Are there any edge rushers available on the gree agent market that the Redskins would consider?

One name stands out: Greg Hardy.

Though a disappointment on the field and a mess off of it for the last two seasons, few players in the NFL can get after quarterbacks like Hardy once did. In 2012 and 2013 Hardy combined for 26 sacks and a trip to the Pro Bowl. 

Undoubtedly Hardy's name carries a lot of personal questions. A lot. But that won't scare off everybody in the NFL - in fact, Hardy recently worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The guess here is Washington does not even consider Hardy, but stranger things have happened. 

Another name that will be mentioned is Dwight Freeney. At 36 years old, Freeney's best days are behind him, but the veteran was able to post eight sacks last year with the Cardinals. Arizona smartly deployed Freeney in a strict situational role, and if the 'Skins could come up with a similar plan, he might be a fit. 

Beyond Freeney and Hardy, it's hard to see a current free agent that would be better than the Redskins options behind Galette. And given Hardy's history, it's unlikely he is an option.

Considering Washington won the NFC East last year without Galette, and second-year LB Preston Smith could continue to emerge after eight sacks his rookie season, it would not be a surprise if Scot McCloughan simply stands pat.