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Griffin returns from bye rejuvenated


Griffin returns from bye rejuvenated

Robert Griffin III used the bye week to clear his mind and, as a result, says he returned to Redskins Park rejuvenated and eager to begin the stretch run. 

The rookie left the area for a few days but wouldn’t share where he visited.

“I didn’t go back to Texas,” he said. “I just tried to get away from the familiar, so I went away.”

Wherever Griffin vacationed, it provided him with a mental break from the “grind” of the NFL's 17-week regular season and the Redskins’ season threatening three-game losing streak. Griffin also said the rib injury he sustained in the loss to the Panthers no longer is a concern. 

“You just try to make sure you clear your head and don’t get frustrated with anything,” said Griffin, who was voted a team captain on Wednesday. “You continue to do what you did to get to get to this point, whether it’s technique, film work, just trying to approach every practice like it’s your last practice. Those are the things I tried to do: clear my head, make sure I came back even hungrier, and I think I have.”

The five-day break, Griffin acknowledged, came at the right time for a rookie who's still adapting to the more demanding pro football schedule.

“For a lot of the rookies, it’s been a long journey thus far,” Griffin said. “I think everybody needed that week to just get away. We wanted to go into the bye week with a win. [But] we didn’t.”

“A lot of guys went out and probably had to do some soul searching just to find themselves and come back hungry," the quarterback said.

Asked what a hungrier Robert Griffin “looks like,” the quarterback joked, “I’m really hungry right now talking to you guys.”

A reporter shot back, “Subway?” making reference to the sandwich shop Griffin endorses.

“Eat fresh,” he cracked.

“It’s just the attitude you bring,” Griffin added, turning serious again. “Whenever you do get away for a week, I thought I was hungry before the bye week. Then you come back and you realize just how much more energy you have with that week off.”

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After quiet day in Detroit, Redskins Pierre Garçon says 'we always try to go deep'

After quiet day in Detroit, Redskins Pierre Garçon says 'we always try to go deep'

DETROIT - Looking at quarterback Kirk Cousins' stat line from Sunday's game against the Lions, and the Redskins passer certainly had a good day. Completing nearly 77 percent of his passes and going over 300 yards, Cousins moved the Washington offense efficiently for much of the game.

Yet, receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon combined for 55 total yards. Jackson, arguably the best vertical threat in the NFL, had a long catch of 12 yards. Yep, 12 yards. 

Cousins' longest pass for the game went to Vernon Davis for 27 yards. In fact, Davis and Jamison Crowder combined for 13 catches and nearly 200 yards, though much of their work was done in underneath spots. With a depleted secondary, the Lions defense largely played deep zone, keeping the best options to move the ball short, and Cousins proved quite capable of completing passes, going 30 of 39 for the game.

But after a tough loss - especially after it seemed the Redskins and Cousins would pull off an extraordinary win - some might question if the 'Skins offense became too reliant on shallow drag and crossing routes and did not look down field enough. 

Garcon, however, refuted that.

"I guess that's just how the game flowed because we always try to go deep but you know things are called but we don't have time or they play a different coverage," Garçon said. "We can't really control it."

The deep ball does not always equal a win for the Redskins either. Cousins' longest pass this season (57 yards) came in a Week 2 loss to Dallas and in a win over Baltimore the QB's longest pass was also 27 yards, same as in Detroit. 

Moving the ball is moving the ball - and Cousins does it well. After a four-game win streak snapped by a dispiriting loss in Detroit, Redskins fans should expect plenty of fans about the long ball. 

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Vernon Davis tells 60 minutes about investment that burned dozens of NFL players

Vernon Davis tells 60 minutes about investment that burned dozens of NFL players

By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)

Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was featured Sunday in a 60 Minutes story about a financial adviser who convinced dozens of NFL players in 2008 to invest in a company that ended up quickly failing.

Jeff Rubin, a financial adviser registered at the time by the NFL Players Association, convinced the players to invest in a new entertainment and gambling development in Alabama called Country Crossing. The draw was electronic Bingo, which Rubin said would make the players a ton of money. Davis made an initial investment of half a million dollars in the venture.

He told 60 Minutes' Armen Keteyian how easy it was to buy in to the picture Rubin painted.

"It was beautiful," Davis said. "It was a painting I’d never seen before. It was fantastic."

The only problem with the whole thing was that electronic Bingo would turn out to be illegal in Alabama, unbeknownst to the players. Two weeks after Country Crossing opened, it was raided by police, and it eventually tanked, losing the players a total of $43 million.

Rubin owned 4 percent of Country Crossing, and 60 Minutes got a hold of documents showing he funneled 10 percent of the money he got from the NFL players into his personal corporation.

Davis said the whole situation was a "nightmare," but he doesn't blame Rubin for his losses.

"I take most of the blame, and I think as athletes and players in this union, in the NFL, I think we should take the blame because we can change it," Davis said. "We just gotta wake up."

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