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Offense continues to roll

By Tarik El-Bashir
CSNwashington.comOffenseGrade vs. Buccaneers: A-Comment: The 24 points Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense amassed vs. the Buccaneers represented the fewest theyve scored this season. But it also could be argued that the unit would have put up 30 had kicker Billy Cundiff connected from 41 and 31 yards.Either way, the offense is the primary reason the Redskins own a 2-2 record at the quarter mark of the 2012 campaign. The unit amassed 474 yards of total offense in Sundays 24-22 victory in Tampa, marking the second time in four games they've surpassed 400 yards. (It happened only three times all last season).And theyve got two rookies to thank for it.Griffin had his best game as a professional, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday, and Alfred Morris eclipsed the century mark for the first time.In fact, the two most important plays of the game were provided by the first-year standouts. (They are the first rookie teammates to each rush for four touchdowns in their teams first four games, according to Elias Sports Bureau. They're also tied for the league-lead in rushing touchdowns.)Morris 39-yard touchdown run in the second quarter showcased the one-cut-and-up-the-field style that has made him so successful in Shanahans zone blocking scheme. After taking a handoff from Griffin, Morris hit the hole left tackle Trent Williams had opened, cut back hard, then burst into the secondary. Williams' block, meantime, highlighted a strong performance by the offensive line.With 113 yards on 21 attempts (5.4 yards per) against the Bucs, Morris joinedLarry Brown (1972), John Riggins (83), George Rogers (86), Earnest Byner (91) and Terry Allen (96) as the only Redskins backs since the 1970 merger to record at least 75 yards in each of the first four weeks of a season, according to the team.As we talk about each week, he can make the first person miss, which a lot of people cant do in the National Football League, Shanahan said Monday. Hes extremely tough. Hes very smart no nonsense type mindset that hes going to go out there and try to prove himself every week. Hes one of those type of guys that you love to cheer for because hes all business.Griffin didnt pass for a touchdown, but he rushed for one and directed the game-winning drive without the assistance of a functioning headset in his helmet. Facing a second and six and the clock winding down, Griffin took a snap in the shotgun, quickly surveyed the field, then sprinted 15 yards up the middle to the Tampa Bay 26 yard line to help set up Cundiffs winning kick.Griffin posted career highs for completions (26), attempts (39) and yards passing (323). Hes also now ranked fourth in the NFL in passer rating (103.2).On Monday, veteran wide receiver Santana Moss said the team must guard against relying so much on Griffins ability to make something out of nothing. But Moss quickly added that its nice to know Griffin can.I thought he played his best game of the year yesterday, Shanahan said. I thought he handled himself extremely well. He made some plays that you always want a quarterback to make. A lot of times, they cant make those plays this early in their career. Im talking about the two-minute drive, some play action passes, quarterback keeps that I thought were exceptional.Exceptional, indeed.

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Redskins' starting defense is sharp in small preseason sample of work

Redskins' starting defense is sharp in small preseason sample of work

Judging by the small sample size that the NFL preseason has become it looks like the Redskins’ starting defense is ready to go for the start of the NFL season.

The Redskins’ opponents had six possessions with their staring quarterbacks in the lineup, which usually means that those teams had all of their healthy starters in the game. In those six possessions the Redskins’ opponents mustered 53 yards of total offense.

As far as the starting quarterbacks, the Redskins didn’t face anyone who is bound for Canton five years after retirement. But there wasn’t a Case Keenum in the group either. Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Matt Ryan combined to complete six of 18 passes for 46 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns. That comes to a combined passer rating of 42.4.

This is a major improvement over the 2015 preseason when starting quarterbacks were much sharper against the Redskins’ defense. Josh McCown, Matthew Stafford, and Joe Flacco completed 19 of 26 passes for 248 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s a stellar passer rating of 128.4.

This year the other teams apparently wanted to get the QBs some work and didn’t run a lot. The Redskins gave up 36 rushing yards on eight attempts. That’s an average of 4.5 yards per attempt. Over a year that would be an improvement over last year (4.8 per carry) but still well above the league average (4.1).

It’s hard to overemphasize the small sample sizes involved here. It would be a mistake to draw any sweeping conclusions from a few dozen snaps. But among the goals of the preseason are to look competent and, as Jay Gruden said, create some “positive vibrations”. The Redskins defense can check the boxes next to both of those.

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Bryan Stork clarifies next move after days of speculation with Redskins

Bryan Stork clarifies next move after days of speculation with Redskins

After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter. 

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options. 

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Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries. 

Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury. 

McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill. 

Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter. 

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Redskins cut 10 players before Tuesday deadline

Redskins cut 10 players before Tuesday deadline

The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.

  • T Al Bond
  • T Cody Booth
  • LB Shiro Davis
  • LB Ejiro Ederaine
  • CB Jeremy Harris
  • LB Willie Jefferson
  • WR Valdez Showers
  • WR Dez Stewart
  • WR Jarvis Turner
  • RB Kelsey Young

The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.

The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.