Everyone knows that Robert Griffin III, the Redskins top draft pick, will make an impact on the 2012 team and that they should be better because of it.Thats good for the Redskins because the other three teams in the division could also be improved due to the presence of their first-round draft picks. Washington traded up to get Griffin and two of the other NFC East teams traded up to get players they hope will help stop RG3.A look at the other NFC East first rounders:Morris Claiborne, CB, Cowboys (6th pick)He was touted as the best defensive player in the 2012 draft and the Cowboys, who traded up to the sixth overall pick to take him, will need him to be very good if not great. Dallas secondary has been the teams Achilles heel for quite some time and Jerry Jones spent a high draft pick on Claiborne and some hefty free agent dollars on Brandon Carr to transform the cornerback spot from a soft spot into an area of strength.Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles (12th pick)Cox could come at Griffin from just about anywhere along the Eagles defensive line. Hes a freakish athlete who could spend a number of years blowing into the offensive backfield and disrupting the Redskins zone stretch play. Philly moved up from 15th in the first round to 12th to nap Cox.David Wilson, RB, Giants (31st pick)Ahmad Bradshaw had better be careful. If he has any more injuries like the foot problem that kept him out of our games last year and limited him in others Wilson could take over and keep the job for good. Wilson is a deadly combination of speed and athletic ability, giving the Giants a player who take one all the way from anywhere on the field. Its a good bet that hell have executed one of those plays that is all over TV on Sunday night and Monday by Week 4.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is already an All-Pro antagonist, but according to a Thursday report from For The Win, his best work is yet to come.
Norman was forced to abandon his favorite bow and arrow celebration after getting fined by the NFL. But he has divised a clever replacement that sets the league up to look hypocritical.
"Since they sell beer on TV while kids are watching it, I’m thinking I might open a keg on the field, and I’m going to drink it on the field," Norman told Charlotte Wilder of FTW after Thursday's practice. "And I don’t see that being on the rule book.”
Of course, his bow and arrow gesture wasn't explicitly banned in the rule book, neither was tight end Vernon Davis' jump shot celebration, but both got penalized anyway.
Except this time, the outspoken corner thinks he has the NFL, well, cornered. If encouraging people to drink beer in commercial breaks is cool, then pretending to drink beer on the field must be cool too, right?
“I mean, you’re selling ads on TV, so why can’t my celebration be legal? It’s a catch-22, man. These guys are serious.”
There's only one snag in Norman's plan: it's not exactly clear what he's doing in the celebration he demonstated. He pantomimed opening a keg, tapping it and hoisting it above his head to drink from it.
But what if people don't get it? He'll just explain afterward, he assured Wilder.
Norman might consider pretending to pop the tab on a can of beer and drink it on the field. Seems more straight forward, but then again, I'm not the master troll here.
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Redskins linebacker Su’a Cravens was a full participant in practice for the first time since getting a concussion in a game against the Browns on October 2.
That certainly is good news regarding the rookie’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Lions but that still remains up in the air. Cravens is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
“He’s going to get evaluated tomorrow, but he did everything today,” said Gruden. “So it’s just the progression of things and the protocol. He’s get checked out by the independent [doctor] tomorrow and hopefully he’ll get good news.”
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Gruden said that getting through practice was not a problem for Cravens.
“He looked great today,” he said. “He did a lot of stuff with linebackers. He did some scout team safety, so he did some good stuff.”
Meanwhile, Jordan Reed, who also is in the concussion protocol, did not practice after participating on a limited basis on Wednesday. But Gruden made it a point to say that Reed did not suffer a setback.
“We just thought, the medical staff thought, today it was best to keep him out,” said Gruden. “And he’ll get evaluated again tomorrow by the independent doctor.”
Also missing practice was wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was out for a second straight day.
“DeSean’s just got soreness in his shoulder and we chose to keep him out today,” said Gruden.
Yesterday, Jackson expressed confidence that he will play. Today, Gruden did the same.
“Yeah, as long as it’s not his legs, but we’ll see,” said Gruden when asked if Jackson will play. “We’ll see how he’s feeling. You know, seriously, though, he’s sore right now but we’ll continue to get him treatment today and we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.”
Jackson has been out of Wednesday practices on a few occasions during the season so it was not unusual to see him out yesterday. But Jackson being out two days in a row is a bit more alarming but we will have to see how he is doing tomorrow.