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Griffin's going to need a big trophy case

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Griffin's going to need a big trophy case

If the first month of his career is an indication, Robert Griffin III had better have a really big trophy case. The NFL has named the Redskins quarterback the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.

In four games, Griffin has completed 86 of 124 passes for 1070 yards and four touchdowns. He is among the league leaders in completion percentage (69.4), yards per attempt (8.6), and passer rating (103.2). Griffin leads all NFL rookie quarterbacks in those three categories.

He is the third quarterback to pass for over 1000 yards in the first four games of his rookie season joining Cam Newton of the Panthers (2011) and Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins (2012). The former Heisman Trophy winner also leads all quarterbacks in rushing with 234 yards.

Griffin was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Redskins season-opening win over the Saints and he was the NFL rookie of the week for that game as well. Griffin is in the voting for the rookie of the week for last week as well.

Griffin is the first Redskin to be named the Offensive Rookie of the Month since offensive tackle Chris Samuels won it for his performance in October of 2000. Last year, Ryan Kerrigan won the defensive rookie honors last year in September.

There seems to be little question that Griffin will continue to collect hardware.

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After shadowing Odell Beckham, Redskins have different plans for Josh Norman against Terrelle Pryor

After shadowing Odell Beckham, Redskins have different plans for Josh Norman against Terrelle Pryor

Mountains worth of words were used to predict and then describe Josh Norman's matchup with Odell Beckham last Sunday. On game day, the Redskins star corner ended up primarily covering the Giants star receiver. While Beckham succeeded in going for more than 100 yards, Norman's team got the win, while Beckham set the Internet meme machine ablaze by trying to fight a kicking net.

This week when the Redskins face off against the Browns there will be much less hype, yet another skilled wideout for the Washington defense to contend with in Terrelle Pryor.

"He’s a great athlete," Washington coach Jay Gruden said of Pryor. "He’s big, he’s got great ball skills."

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Last week in a loss to Miami, Pryor accounted for 200 total yards - 144 receiving, 21 rushing and 35 passing - to go with one touchdown. He's been a force for the Browns this season, using his athletic skill and versatility to line up all over the field. A dual-threat quarterback in college at Ohio State, the Browns like to try Pryor in different spots. Perhaps because of his ability to play all over the field, it seems the Redskins do not intend to have Norman travel in coverage on Pryor.

"We’re still working on our game plan now and [Pryor's] all over the place. He’s been a dynamic player in the NFL," Gruden said. "Team defense is gonna have to take him away, somebody different every time possibly."

Gruden called Pryor's early season success one of the "biggest surprises" in the NFL and it's clear the Browns top wideout is on the Redskins radar. Considering Norman didn't shadow Antonio Brown or Dez Bryant during Washington's contests against those two top wideouts, the decision to cover Pryor collectively seems unsurprising. 

That could change, however, if Pryor begins to pile up catches and yards like he did last week in Miami.

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Redskins rookie Robert Kelley has funny, honest reaction to his first NFL carries

Redskins rookie Robert Kelley has funny, honest reaction to his first NFL carries

It took three games but last Sunday in New York Redskins rookie running back Rob Kelley finally hit the field with the offense. His effectiveness was middling as he ran four times for seven yards, but Kelley showed himself to be capable of backing up Matt Jones as a conventional runner.

The rookie from New Orleans also explained why a few of his runs were cut short.

"I think I was too excited, I kept slipping around or something," Kelley said on Wednesday.

Twice Kelley lost his footing on the Giants Stadium turf, and the slips ruined what could have been opportunities for solid gains. In preseason action Kelley did a good job of identifying holes to run through, and despite the footing issues, that skill showed in New York as well.

"We hadn't been on turf in a long time. Even in pregame, we had a little trouble keeping grounded on the turf," Kelley explained. "I think I saw the holes pretty well, I think I was making the cuts I needed to make, I just got to stay on my feet next time."

Kelley has been active for all three 'Skins games this season but did not record a carry until the third, coincidentally the team's first win. His first game action on offense was quite a jolt for the rookie.

"It was more exciting. Preseason is cool but you go out in a real game it's different," he said. "Once I got out there I thought I was going to be nervous. I wanted to make some plays. I was actually shocked I wasn't kinda nervous, I was more excited than anything."

While Kelley's performance was not the spark responsible for victory, getting carries to a third running back - after Jones and Chris Thompson - shows a true commitment to the run game from Jay Gruden and Sean McVay. That commitment was missing the first two games.

"When Matt Jones get a few more carries I think it's a good sign for me to get some," Kelley said. "I think coach has put together a good game plan for us."

For Jones, he was happy to see Kelley get rush attempts. Just last season, Jones was the rookie hitting the field for the first time.

"It was good to see him get some carries and get downhill," Jones said. The 'Skins starting runner added of Kelley's footing, "He knows he's got to stay on the ground."

Committing to the run for Washington means committing to Jones primarily, yet it could also mean more carries for Kelley. Odds are in his next NFL action he can keep his feet on the ground.

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