NEW YORK -- Robert Griffin III has a fine line to walk.NFL rookies are usually seen and not heard. But quarterbacks are, by the nature of the position, the leaders of their teams. How is the 22-year-old Griffin going to go about taking the reigns of leadership for the Redskins?Like every other aspect of becoming an NFL quarterback, Griffin knows that it will take some time.Its a daily process, Griffin said about an hour after becoming the Redskins quarterback. Its not something where Ill go in Day One and theyll say, Hey, Robert, we believe in you, youre our guy. And some guys will be like that.But the Brian Orakpos and London Fletchers, the guys that are really staples of the Redskins team, I have to earn their trust, and I plan on doing that.Griffin plans on earning that trust by what he does, not by what he says.You come in and show the guys why they can trust in you, why they can believe in you, he said. Not just by saying hey, guys, you can trust me, you can believe in me.Why should they trust in you? Why should they believe in you? You have to go show them and not just say it. Because everybody can say something but not everybody can do it.Walking into a program, taking a leadership role, and reviving it is nothing new to Griffin. He went to Baylor, one of the laughingstocks of college football for many years. He started as a true freshman and helped turn that program around. Now he will take on doing the same for the Redskins, long an NFL punch line.Griffin believes that his Baylor experience prepared him for what he is about to face.Things in life build you up to other things, he said. Going to Baylor and then being able to succeed and help the program get back on its feet and even exceed what it had done in the past helps me do the same thing in Washington.But Griffin is not content with getting the Redskins back to where they were.Its not just about getting back to what the Redskins used to be its about trying to get better, he said.If Griffin can improve on the 10-year stretch the Redskins had from 1982-1991, when they won three Super Bowls and were perennially relevant in the NFL, most Redskins fans would be quite happy.
After a very wet day of practice on Wednesday, the Redskins will head inside to the practice bubble for Thursday's session. There is plenty to watch before the 'Skins face off against the Browns on Sunday. Here's what we'll be watching:
- Questions remain at LG - Jay Gruden has been very hesitant to commit to Arie Kouandjio at left guard. With John Sullivan in town and working to get ready at center, and the possibility of Trent Williams remaining at left guard left a little bit open, this week has hardly been a testament to the organization's belief in the second-year man out of Alabama. If Sullivan can go - and that's a big if - then it seems the 'Skins would like to play him at center and Spencer Long at left guard.
- DeSean back? - Speed WR DeSean Jackson missed Wednesday's practice, and it's becoming a pattern. He also missed practice last Wednesday. What Gruden cares about - Jackson has been good to go for all three games despite battling knee and ankle injuries. The team expects Jackson to again be fine for the Browns game.
- Back to Reed - After a breakout season in 2015, expectations for tight end Jordan Reed skyrocketed this offseason when the team and player agreed to a nearly $50 million contract extension. Through three games Reed's numbers have been impressive - 16 catches for 190 yards - but Reed is yet to get into the end zone for Washington. Gruden said opposing defenses have been banging Reed at the line of scrimmage and deploying more zone defenses to stop him inside the 20.
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With DeAngelo Hall out for the year the Redskins secondary must adjust at one safety position, but on the other side, David Bruton feels just fine.
"I feel good," Bruton said on Wednesday. He explained that he has a few bumps and bruises, but that's normal for Week 4 in the NFL. Bruton added that after the game in New York he iced his knee, but his hamstring felt just fine.
The former Broncos special teams star has started three games for the Skins at safety this season. He almost grabbed two interceptions last week against the Giants, but has had other plays where he seemed out of alignment. That problem is not unique to Bruton, however, as in various spots the 'Skins defense has seem confused in different formations depending on down and distance.
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As for the Redskins secondary expect to continue to see Bruton lined up at safety, now most often next to Will Blackmon. While Deshazor Everett and Duke Ihenacho should get more snaps than they had been, at this point, it seems unlikely Bruton's play will be reduced. Before Hall went down in New York on some third downs Blackmon replaced Bruton. Obviously, for the remainder of the season that plan won't work.
"We have a lot of good options out there," 'Skins coach Jay Gruden said. "Not overly concerned about the defensive backfield."
Against the Giants on one near interception Bruton and rookie Su'a Cravens went for the same Eli Manning pass, and after the game in the locker room, the players joked about who was to blame for not getting the pick. On the other, it appeared Bruton pulled off a remarkable interception, stealing the ball from Giants running back Bobby Rainey in the end zone. Replay ruled the pass incomplete, prompting confusion from Gruden.
"I’ve heard that everybody says it was an interception except for the replay guy," Gruden said. "I thought his elbow was down, I thought his butt was down, I thought he had control of the ball. I thought it was a clear challengeable play, it just didn’t work out for us. I don’t know what a catch is anymore. I don’t know if anybody does."