Quick Links

RG3 inspired by Redskins' vets

rg3shimmy.jpg

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.” 

Quick Links

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.

RELATED: WHAT WILL THE 53-MAN ROSTER LOOK LIKE?

Quick Links

Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

The Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, confirmed CSN Insider JP Finlay, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the news. 

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

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

RELATED: WHAT WILL THE 53-MAN ROSTER LOOK LIKE?

Quick Links

RB Chris Thompson unlikely to play in Bills game, says Jay Gruden

RB Chris Thompson unlikely to play in Bills game, says Jay Gruden

Redskins fans know that Presumed starting running back Matt Jones will not play Friday night against the Bills.

But on Wednesday, Jay Gruden said that Chris Thompson is also unlikely to play. 

Gruden said that Thompson is nursing a sore knee and shoulder and that the team would rather not "have him get banged around."

The coach pointed out it also lets rookies Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley get more snaps as the 'Skins try to determine what they have in the young runners. 

In his fourth season out of Florida State, Thompson is a known quantity for Washington.

A skilled receiver out of the backfield, Thompson emerged as a quality third down back for Gruden last year and a trustworthy target for Kirk Cousins out of the backfield. 

Gruden also announced that Chris Baker might sit out Friday's game against buffalo. The defensive tackle is batting soreness in his quad. 

RELATED: PROJECTING THE 53-MAN ROSTER