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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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This Redskins rookie and his girlfriend have the best pregame ritual

This Redskins rookie and his girlfriend have the best pregame ritual

Forget JoJo and Jordan from The Bachelorette. Don't aspire to be Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. And, as tremendous as they were, stop obsessing over Jim and Pam from The Office.

The couple that you should want to emulate, the pairing that is perfect, and the duo that is absolutely, certifiably #GOALS, is Redskins rookie T.J. Thorpe and his girlfriend Kayla Cason. And they have the footage to prove why they're everything you and your significant other should strive to be.

The now viral video, which was filmed on Friday before Washington's 21-16 victory against the Bills, captures a pregame ritual that Thorpe and Cason have participated in since their college days, according to Redskins.com. Prepare to swoon:

"For me it’s something that’s just regular, since I care about her," Thorpe told Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team's website. “For it to do what it did, I was like, 'We can’t be the only people in the world with a handshake.'"

Judging by that moment, despite what he hopes to be a long future at wideout in the NFL, in Cason, Thorpe may have already made his best catch. 


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Gruden, Bruton, Golston and Jean-Francois all discuss Colin Kaepernick

Gruden, Bruton, Golston and Jean-Francois all discuss Colin Kaepernick

As the debate grows over Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem and protest the way people of color are being treated in America, Jay Gruden and a few Redskins were asked Monday for their opinion on the matter. Here are some excerpts from what they had to say (watch the video above for their full comments):

Gruden: "We take very much pride in our relationship with the military... For three minutes for us to take our helmet off and stand up and give respect is how we treat it here with the Redskins."

David Bruton: "Every man has their own opinion, what they wanna do. Regardless of what's going on in the world, we still are in the nation of the free... For me, I realize that, without a free country, we wouldn't be playing this game that we love."

Kedric Golston: "I don't know Colin, I can't speak for his beliefs. I stand out of respect for the men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for the freedom that we enjoy."

Ricky Jean-Francois: "I don't really have a clue, I've been seeing it on TV, I've been seeing it on Twitter, but I don't know exactly what he's done... He was a good guy when he was with me [in San Francisco]. He's a good guy, good kid."


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It appears that Josh Doctson is returning, according to a tweet of his

It appears that Josh Doctson is returning, according to a tweet of his

Josh Doctson was placed on the physically unable to perform list on July 28. That means the Redskins' potential-filled first-round pick hasn't done much of anything when it comes to football for the past 32 days. 

That down time may finally be coming to an end, however, according to a tweet he sent out on Monday night.

While that post is far from any official news regarding his availablity for practice or the regular season opener on Sep. 12, it had to give Washington fans something to smile about as it popped up on timelines everywhere, as he seems to indicate he's ready to make his return to the team.

Earlier Monday, CSN's Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay noted that the former TCU wideout was in a helmet and making progress in his rehab from the pesky foot injury that's ailed him. Jay Gruden, meanwhile, said in his press conference that Doctson looked "very good."

In his tweet, Doctson apologized for his prolonged absence. If he's able to add his athleticism and penchant for making defensive backs look foolish when the ball's in the air, though, Gruden, Kirk Cousins and the rest of the Burgundy and Gold will surely forgive him.