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RG3 inspired by Redskins' vets


RG3 inspired by Redskins' vets

Robert Griffin III hasn’t been through the five-year playoff drought, the back-to-back-to-back-to-back sub .500 seasons, the years of meaningless football in December.

But he understands what it’s been like around Redskins Park for longtime veterans like Lorenzo Alexander, Santana Moss, Kedric Golston, Chris Cooley and London Fletcher. The rookie not only empathizes with his elders, he said Wednesday that he’s inspired to perform well for them. 

“You can definitely sense it,” Griffin said. “Late in the game against the Cowboys, London came up and talked to me. He usually never talks to me during the game. You can feel the excitement they have about what we have brewing here.”

When the Redskins (5-6) host the Giants (7-4) in a pivotal NFC East matchup on Monday Night Football, Griffin and Co. can take another step toward the team’s first playoff berth since 2007. In fact, the game surely is the most important home contest this late in the season since they defeated the Cowboys on Dec. 30 five years ago to clinch a trip to the playoffs.

Since then, the Redskins haven't come close to earning a postseason berth. Now they've got a chance, albeit a slim one. And veterans like Fletcher are sensing the rare opportunity.

“You want to do it for them,” said Griffin, who was named the NFL's offensive rookie of the month for the second time on Thursday. “When I was in college, I wanted to do it for the seniors when I was a freshman. Now that I’m a rookie, you want to do it for those vets.” 

The vets, meantime, appreciate what Griffin is doing for them -- something he found out when Fletcher, the team’s 37-year-old defensive captain, approached him on the sidelines at Cowboys Stadium. 

“After the drive where Kai [Forbath] kicked the field goal, [Fletcher] said that it was a big drive," Griffin said. "He was just telling me that’s what we have to do, no matter what.” 

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Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.

Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman. 

Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed. 

The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events. 

"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."

MORE REDSKINS: Cravens declared NFL Clutch Performer of the Week

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Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.

UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.

For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.

Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well. 

There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.

Expect many questions about the fine to come.