When Robert Griffin III runs the ball he has an advantage that a running back carrying the ball does not. He has an extra blocker.Will Montgomery explained that the QB keepers make the defense play more honestly.Usually you hand it to the running back and the defense has an extra guy in the box, he said. But if the defense brings down the eighth defender and the quarterbacks running the ball you have that extra blocker. The tables are a little more even than they usually are.The extra blocker that Montgomery is referring to is the running back. If the quarterback hands the ball off he usually continues to move away from the action. But when the QB carries the ball, the running back serves as a blocker. That gives the offense one more blocker than it usually has.In theory, a quarterback keeper turns a matchup that has nine offensive players (the 11 on the field minus the quarterback and the runner) trying to block 11 defenders into a more even 10-on-11 matchup.Add that to the wheels that RG3 has displayed and you have the potential for some big plays. Griffin and the Redskins have to pick their spots, of course, since you dont want to have your quarterback carrying the ball 15 times per game but it is still a weapon that they would be foolish to leave in their holster.
While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who is in the NFL concussion protocol, has been cleared to return to practice, but he still has some hurdles to clear before being declared ready for game action.
During his Monday news conference Gruden said that Reed, who has missed the last two games with a concussion diagnosed two days after the team’s game against the Ravens on October 9, would practice with the team when preparations resumed on Monday.
However, that doesn’t mean that he will play on Sunday, when the Redskins face the Bengals in London. Reed still has to clear the concussion protocol and his participation in a game is subject to the approval of an independent neurologist.
Reed did participate in practice on a limited basis last Wednesday. But he was held out Thursday and Friday and was declared out for the game on the injury report.
So while the news that he will practice is encouraging as far as his chances of playing against Cincinnati it very much remains to be seen if it will happen.