I have transcribed about half of what I recorded of what Robert Griffin III said to the media after he was drafted by the Redskins on Thursday night. Im not sure if Im going to do the other half because, as noted in my article from yesterday, a lot of the questions got repetitive after while. But in any case, I got enough to get some basic idea of how RG3 looks at life, football, leadership, and other areas. Here are a few nuggets of his perspective:--If youre a quarterback you want that pressure on you, you want the ball because you truly believe in yourself. Thats how you get to be great.--You inspire the people around you to play better and just do the right things. Dont go out to the bar on Thursday nights when you play on Sunday. Stay in, go eat some dinner, do something productive.--Ill try to get through to my teammates, to have a positive outlook on everything, dont be a fool, but try to have a positive outlook, go out there and try to be successful.--Its not like Ill walk in the locker room and say, hey guys, look at me, Im on the cover of ESPN magazine. You dont do things like that. You go in, you say, Im a rookie, Im also your quarterback.--Im not one who plans out my day, but I do have a plan, the big picture. Worry about all of the small things and the big picture will fall into place.--The most important thing is your teammates. If your teammates come to you and say, hey, were relying on you, thats the most important thing.--Im a person that tries to lead by example. I dont just talk. Sometimes, I get tired of talking about things because you want to just go do it, so Im excited to just go do it with the Redskins and just know that my dream has come true.--You don't play quarterbacks in this league. You'll always be compared head to head, but you play defenses. I'm looking forward to playing the defenses in this division.--You want pressure as a quarterback. It can keep you straight and make sure I involve my teammates. You don't want to take on that type of attention all by yourself.
Significant injuries to the Redskins offensive line and defensive secondary will cause a number of position changes for the Redskins. When Washington gets on the practice field Wednesday at 1 p.m., and rain or shine, the team will look different after losing Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland. Here's what we'll be watching:
- Who's at left guard - Injuries to Lauvao and Lichtensteiger have a serious domino effect on the Redskins offensive line. Spencer Long is the backup to both men, and with the former Cornhusker at center, means left guard doesn't have a natural backup. Arie Kouandjio has been working for more than a year to be ready to play guard for Washington, and he might get the chance. The 'Skins also signed center John Sullivan, last of the Vikings, to the team on Tuesday. If and when Sullivan can get ready, he could allow Jay Gruden to move Long to guard.
- Corner store - Breeland's injury is not as severe as the offensive linemen's, and perhaps more important to the team, there is better depth at corner. Rookie Kendall Fuller is likely to see his first game action this Sunday against Cleveland, and the 'Skins can count on Greg Toler and Quinton Dunbar to have increased roles with Breeland out. Watching Fuller work in with the defense will be very interesting to see, as he's been working with the scout team for much of the early season.
- Safety button - D-Hall out for the year is a blow for Washington — no way around it. But expect lots more Will Blackmon at that spot. And Duke Ihenacho and even Deshazor Everett can provide increased snaps.
For live updates check out @JPFinlayCSN from the practice fields.
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For the second straight year the Redskins are going to undergo some early–season shuffling in the interior of their offensive line.
Last year left guard Shawn Lauvao was sidelined with an ankle injury after Week 3 and was replaced by Spencer Long. Then after Week 5 center Kory Lichtensteiger went out with a shoulder and neck problem and Josh LeRibeus took his place.
Now Lauvao and Lichtensteiger are out again. Lauvao is week to week with what Jay Gruden described as a “moderate” ankle sprain and Lichtensteiger is on the shelf for at least eight weeks as he went on injured reserve yesterday with a calf strain.
They went with a makeshift lineup for the second half of the Giants game, a lineup that had Trent Williams playing guard for the first time ever. But they have signed some reinforcements and now it will be up to Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan to sort out who will play where against the Browns this week and how they will align them going forward.
The Redskins signed veteran center John Sullivan on Tuesday. Getting him ready to play on Sunday against Cleveland would be a tall task. In addition to learning the plays and blocking schemes, the line calls are very intricate and they take some time to master. Sullivan was out all of last year with back problems so there has to be some rust. However, he was in training camp for the Vikings and he did play some in the preseason before Minnesota released him.
They also moved Vinston Painter from the practice squad to the active roster. The Redskins are his fifth organization since the Broncos drafted him in the sixth round in 2013. He’s a backup for right now but that could change in the weeks ahead.
Arie Kouandjio, who has one NFL snap on his resume, could get his first start since coming to the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. It may depend on whether or not Sullivan can pass a crash course on playing center over the next 72 hours or so.
If Sullivan can’t go, they start Long at center, Kouandjio at left guard, and Williams at left tackle. If Sullivan is ready he could go a center with Long at left guard.
They do have the option of putting Williams at left guard again and having Ty Nsekhe fill in at left tackle. But Williams is not getting paid $10.6 million to be a backup guard; he’s one of the best players in the league at one of the most important positions on the offense. If they can’t coach up Kouandjio to start a game they should reconsider both their personnel and their coaching choices.
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