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.
Facing one of the NFL's best running backs in Arizona's David Johnson, the Redskins plan to use rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens as a spy in nickel coverage to slow down the Cardinals' threat, per a source close to the team.
Johnson ranks third in the NFL with 921 rushing yards, but it's the variety of ways the Arizona offense uses their second-year running back that makes him so difficult to handle for opposing defenses. Johnson also has 55 catches for 613 yards, and that's just through 11 games.
Cravens comes into the game with momentum as perhaps the Redskins most dynamic defensive threat. With size to play linebacker and enough speed to play coverage, the 6-foot-1, 220 lbs. rookie out of USC will be put in a tough position covering Johnson. The reality of his assignment is to try and contain Johnson as the Cardinals offense is so reliant on the runner that he will get a number of chances.
In their last two games, Johnson has gone for more than 150 total yards in each contest and scored multiple touchdowns. For his part, Cravens has proved a playmaker in his rookie season. To go with 29 tackles in nine games, his stat sheet has sacks and an interception listed.
Getting to Carson Palmer is the best path for the Redskins defense - especially considering the Cardinals' offensive line woes - but using Cravens to try and limit Johnson is a smart course of action for the 'Skins.
One member of the Washington defense explained that Johnson is "going to make plays" but that the key is to limit the damage. If the running back catches a ball out of the backfield, Joe Barry's defense will be focused on making a stop after a five-yard gain, instead of a 20-yard gain.
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GLENDALE, AZ—As expected, the Redskins will be without star tight end Jordan Reed today against the Cardinals.
He is inactive due to a third-degree AC joint sprain in his left shoulder.
Reed gutted it out and played the second half on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas after being injured in the first but during the week he didn’t practice at all couldn’t regain the range of motion needed to play today.
Coach Jay Gruden said on Friday that the team is planning on having Reed play next week against the Eagles.
For this week, Vernon Davis will step into the starting role.
Also inactive is reserve defensive lineman Anthony Lanier, who was kicked in the lower leg in Dallas. Gruden said that the swelling was still too severe for him to be able to play.
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The Redskins’ other inactive players today:
- QB Nate Sudfeld
- DL AJ Francis
- RB Matt Jones
- WR Rashad Ross
- DB Dashaun Phillips