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RG3 excited for Texas homecoming

Robert Griffin III is looking forward to returning to his home state of Texas on Thursday. But the Redskins’ quarterback also insisted that the trip is all business.

“It will be fun. I’ll get to see a lot of familiar faces,” Griffin said. “I have a lot of fans down there who got to see me grow up in Copperas Cove, Texas, then go to college at Baylor. So it will definitely be a good homecoming.”

“Certainly looking to having fun,” he added. “But we’re going there with one goal in mind – and that’s to win.”

Griffin is coming off a scintillating performance in the Redskins' 31-6 victory over the Eagles. But Washington (4-6) must maintain that momentum against Dallas (5-5) if it hopes to keep alive the team's faint playoff hopes. The Redskins also will be attempting to snap a 0-6 slump against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

An army brat, Griffin was born in Okinawa. His parents were stationed near Tacoma, Wash., and then New Orleans before the family eventually settled in central Texas when he was about 7 years old. Copperas Cove is midway between Dallas and Houston, but most of Griffin’s friends were Cowboy diehards.

“I had some friends that were big, big Cowboys fans,” Griffin said. “So they would always want to get together and watch the games. For me, I was never a Cowboys’ fan. But it was always good to watch football on Thanksgiving.”

Griffin recalls watching the 2005 game when his favorite team – the Mike Shanahan coached Broncos – beat the Cowboys, 24-21, in overtime at Dallas.

“I had bragging rights,” he cracked.

Griffin said his friends who still live in Texas have told him in recent days that they still intend to root for the Cowboys – even if he’s their favorite NFL quarterback.

“They’ll be cheering for me, but they still want their guys to win,” Griffin said. “I guess I can accept that.”

Last season, Griffin guided Baylor to a 66-42 victory over Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium. The stakes, however, will be much higher two days from now when Griffin makes his national television debut in a game the Redskins can't afford to lose.

“It’s about playing on a big stage and playing at a high level,” he said. “Everyone on this team is ready to do that.”

 

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Redskins trade for Bryan Stork made official

Redskins trade for Bryan Stork made official

In the course of a few hours, the Redskins’ trade with the Patriots for center Bryan Stork was on, then it was off, then it maybe was on again.

Now it is official.

The Redskins announced that they have traded for Stork, who has been New England’s staring center for most of the last two years, in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

That’s where we were earlier this afternoon after media reports that the Redskins had dealt for Stork first emerged. But then it was reported that Stork, who has suffered from multiple concussions during his two NFL seasons, was going to retire. But it appears that he decided against that and he will report to Redskins Park.

Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.

In Washington, Stork will compete with Kory Lichtensteiger for the starting center job.

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Is Bryan Stork retiring instead of joining the Redskins?

Is Bryan Stork retiring instead of joining the Redskins?

On Wednesday afternoon, the New England Patriots traded center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for a conditional draft pick, confirmed CSN Insider JP Finlay.

But shortly after news of the deal broke, it appeared as if Stork, a 25-year-old former Florida State offensive lineman, was leaning toward retiring instead of joining the Redskins.

Former Redskins tight end and ESPN 980 host Chris Cooley was the first to reveal the information, doing so in a somewhat cryptic tweet.

However, nothing is official and the situation is very up in the air.

Stork started for the 2014 National Championship Seminoles team and the Super Bowl XLIX-winning Patriots team.

Stork is known for his physicality, but started the 2015 on injured reserve due to a concussion and neck injury. He was activated on Nov. 7, 2015 and played the very next day against the Redskins. 

The trade with the Redskins came a few hours after it was reported that the Patriots were going to release him.

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Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

The Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, the team announced late Wednesday afternoon.

Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the news, confirmed by CSN's JP Finlay. 

The news is unexpected following reports earlier in the day that Stork had been released. 

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In fact, Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay explored whether Washington should sign the former first-round pick a few hours ago. 

The Patriots selected Stork in the fourth round of the 2014 draft from Florida State, and in two seasons with New England he has started 17 games. Stork has also dealt with concussion issues, last year playing just eight games and starting six.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 lbs., Stork is big for a center. Current Redskins starter Kory Lichtensteiger lists at 6-foot-2 and 295 lbs., and was limited to five regular season games last season.

The Redskins have Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long and Josh LeRibeus competing at the center position, but none have the high-end potential that a Stork could bring to the position. 

Unfortunately, in addition to concussion issues, Stork has been kicked out of practices for fighting and can cross the line separating legal and dirty play on the field, according to CSNNE.com Patriots beat writer Phil Perry

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