A lot was made of Robert Griffin III saying he had an a-ha moment during OTAs last week. Here is what he said during his press conference on Thursday:As far as the offense and knowing what Im doing, I think I had that a-ha moment yesterday. The defense was getting after us a little bit. We came into the last session of the day, and we just tore them up so we continued that toward the beginning of practice, today and then it evened out as practice went on. It felt good to know that as long as you know where youre going with the ball, as long as youre aggressive and confident in what youre doing, you can complete any pass and do anything.You have to love the confidence there, a rookie quarterback talking about being aggressive and being able to complete any pass. The media was not present for that Wednesday OTA and from what we could see on Thursday, RG3 was mostly confident and aggressive. But he didnt complete every pass nor did he do anything he wanted. That is to be expected from any quarterback learning a new offense, especially a rookie.There are many more a-ha moments to come for RG3. He will have one in late July when they they are practicing a near full speed in pads against the first team defense. Another one will come in the preseason opener when the yellow no contact jersey goes away and opposing pass rushers who would love to get a piece of the hyped Heisman Trophy winner will be after him. At some point hell turn on the jets and find that there are guys out there who are just as fast as he is. When he goes for four quarters against the Saints starting defense with the intensity turned up several notches when the games start to count there will be more revelations to the rookie.For Griffin, its so far, so good. But there is a long way to go.
One of the more surprising developments from the first week of Redskins OTAs was Perry Riley on the sidelines wearing a walking boot.
The inside linebacker was enjoying one of the best stretches of his career late last season when he hurt his foot. The injury, which occurred in practice, was expected to sideline him for 3-6 weeks following a procedure to insert a pin into the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
Nearly six months later, Riley is still experiencing soreness and discomfort.
He acknowledged this week that he overexerted himself in the lead-up to January’s playoff game and suffered a setback. In all, Riley missed the final five regular season games and the Wild Card loss to the Packers.
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that Riley is scheduled to be reexamined by a specialist.
“He has some issues with his foot; a little soreness,” Gruden said. “We’re keeping him in a boot to protect it, and then we’ll consult a doctor and hopefully get him back soon.”
An exact timeframe for Riley has not been determined, but the seventh year veteran indicated to reporters that he intends to be ready for training camp in late July, if not sooner. The Redskins have two more weeks of OTAs and a mandatory veteran minicamp in mid-June.
In the meantime, Will Compton and Mason Foster are working as the first team inside linebackers. The duo finished the 2015 campaign as the starting ‘Mike’ and ‘Mo’ starters, respectively.
When the Carolina Panthers unexpectedly rescinded Josh Norman's franchise tag in late April, the Redskins quickly swooped in and landed the dynamic, ball-hawking cornerback. But if all had gone the team's way, Norman would have been just the icing on the cake.
A few weeks prior to Norman becoming a member of the Redskins, the Seattle Seahawks signed former "Legion of Boom" member Brandon Browner to a one-year deal after a failed stint with the New Orleans Saints.
On Thursday, Browner spoke to Seattle media members, and let it slip that the Redskins had made an offer to him.
Brandon Browner says he had an offer from the Washington Redskins but that it was "a no-brainer'' to come back to Seattle.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 26, 2016
Now, it's hard to know if the Redskins would have so quick to pursue Norman if they were able to sign Browner, what with Bashaud Breeland progressing nicely at the other corner.
But it is fun to imagine the possibilities.
It’s very easy to get jaded when thinking about professional sports and social media, especially where those two things intersect, particularly when fans spew vitriolic comments after nearly every event.
But, sometimes, pro sports and social media can produce great stories, and tremendous results. The recent story of Cameron Carrera counts as one of those stories.
A first-grader at Urbana Elementary School in Urbana, Md., Cameron was born with Spina bifida, a birth defect that damages the spinal cord and leads to other lifelong health issues.
Despite his condition, Cameron is a fun-loving kid, and like many young boys, loves football.
“He loves the Redskins, typical boy, the only thing that’s different for him is he can’t walk,” Amanda Carrera, Cameron’s mom, explained.
“He just loves the Redskins,” Carrera said of her 7-year-old son. “He always says one day when he’s older he wants to be a Redskins player. I say ‘we will figure it out.’”
Cameron, who uses a wheelchair, also has two sets of braces for his legs. His request? Put the Redskins logo on them. Twice a week Cameron endures tough physical therapy sessions - though he is paralyzed from the knees down he is working to walk using a walker. Despite the PT and obvious hurdles, Amanda remains amazed at her son’s positivity.
“He always says ‘I’ll walk when I’m older’ or ‘when I’m bigger I’ll play football,’” she said. “I don’t want to crush his dreams. We’ll figure it out.”
While Cameron’s football playing future may be in doubt, it’s remarkable what has happened for the Carreras during the last six months to dramatically improve their lives.
“We’ve needed a handicap accessible van,” Amanda said, explaining that the van required a special mechanical seat for Cameron, “and $10,000 for this chair was just out of our reach.”
So knowing they needed the chair, the family started a Go Fund Me account last fall.
“It’s crazy how much social media can help,” Amanda said. “Within two or three months, we have more than 200 people donate for our van.”
Once the Go Fund Me account became so popular, friends of friends joined in the effort to help Cameron. A friend offered tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll, where Cameron got to meet Ryan Kerrigan.
In May, the Mom’s Club of Urbana held a fundraiser to benefit Cameron, but prior to the fundraiser, Amanda explained to the group that her son loves the Skins. So what happened next? A signed Kirk Cousins jersey.
From there, through the help of more social media and more friends of friends, things really started to snowball. Once he learned more about Cameron’s condition from CSN Director of Strategic Partnerships Eric Shuster, Kerrigan sent along a video.
“It’s gotten bigger and bigger and bigger,” Amanda said. “It’s really been a whirlwind and Cameron is just loving all the attention.”
After Kerrigan’s video, Redskins LB Will Compton joined the party, only with a distinct take. It seems Cameron had not heard of Compton, so the linebacker did his best to clear up any confusion.
“That video was hilarious,” Amanda said of Compton’s video. “That made it really special for him, he said, ‘Oh wow, he wants to meet me.’”
Kerrigan, reached for comment, made clear he didn't intend for his message to become a news item. He just wanted to reach out to Cameron after meeting him at the White House.
"It's a pleasure as a professional athlete to help bring a smile on a child's face," Kerrigan said of his video.
One interesting wrinkle in the Carrera family dynamic: Amanda is a lifelong Skins fan, and she obviously passed that on to her son. Her husband Danny, however, likes the Cowboys.
“That’s the funny part, my husband is a Cowboys fan,” Amanda said via text, before adding Danny is obviously “so thankful” for what the Redskins players are doing for Cameron.
Amanda, who works as a civilian at Fort Detrick, and Danny, who manages a Bed, Bath & Beyond, don’t know what to expect next from the Redskins. The videos have been surprises, though Amanda said she would love to bring Cameron to a practice to meet the players.
In late June, Cameron will celebrate his eighth birthday. With about a month lead time, maybe the ‘Skins players will come up with something fitting.