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Rookie preview: Josh Leribeus

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Rookie preview: Josh Leribeus

Josh LeRibeus
Guard SMU
Picked by Redskins in 3rd round (71 overall)
6-3, 312The need: The Redskins found themselves scrambling last October after left guard Kory Lichtensteiger went out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL in the fifth game of the season. First they tried Erik Cook at center and moved Will Montgomery over to guard. When that didnt work, rookie tackle Maurice Hurt was inserted into Lichtensteigers spot. That was better but far from ideal. By drafting LeRibeus and Adam Gettis, the Redskins hope to have serviceable depth in the short term and perhaps a starter in the long term.The fit: LeRibeus is not as athletic as the prototypical Shanahan offensive lineman. He generally looks for linemen who run the 40 in the 5.0-second range. LeRibeus ran it in 5.37 at the combine. Still, he has both a good motor and a nasty streak and he generally finds a way to get his man blocked. He also practiced as the backup center at SMU and Shanahan has said that position flexibility will help players make the team.The depth chart: Lichtensteiger will be back, but probably not until training camp. That will leave an opening for someone, perhaps LeRibeus, to get extra work at left guard during OTAs. Montgomery appears to be set at center and Chris Chester did not miss a snap at right guard last year. LeRibeus will compete with Hurt, Gettis, and Cook for reserve spots in the interior of the line.LeRibeus upside: It would be surprising if LeRibeus is not starting at either guard or center within a couple of years. He is not going to be on anyones Pro Bowl ballot but he could be a solid long-term starter.Shanahan on LeRibeus: Heres a guy that has pretty good size, does have quickness, plays the center or guard position, has the ability to play both, and is extremely bright. Were very happy to get him.LeRibeus on LeRibeus: (on blocking scheme at SMU and how he likes the zone) Man, it was more of a man-blocking scheme. More of a two-point stance, two-point all the time actually. (zone) Oh, I love it. We did a lot of it in the Shrine game. Definitely feels more at home . . . The three-point stance is just exploding off of the ball. Its definitely something I feel more comfortable with.Previously:G Adam GettisT Tom ComptonS Jordan Bernstine

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Don't mess with Trent Williams. Seriously. Watch this video.

Don't mess with Trent Williams. Seriously. Watch this video.

Long considered one of the toughest dudes in the NFL, video of Redskins left tackle Trent Williams proves it's unwise to mess with 71. The video from @Hogs2.0 shows Williams sparring in a boxing ring, and looking quite spry.

It's unclear when the video was shot, though the tweet was posted Wednesday night. 

As for Williams, he's coming off his fourth straight Pro Bowl season at left tackle and has started all three games for the Redskins this season. In last Sunday's win over the Giants, injuries forced Williams to move to left guard, an unusual move. Washington coach Jay Gruden said after the game that Williams did so well at guard that it would be "tempting" to keep him there as the 'Skins wait for Shawn Lauvao to mend.

Regardless where he lands on the offensive line, it's no surprise to see Williams looking quite effective in the boxing ring. Whenever an altercation seems close on the football field for Washington, Williams is usually not far from the action. And of course there is the infamous head-smush Williams gave Richard Sherman after the playoff loss to Seattle at the end of the 2012 season.

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Even without Robert Griffin III's return, Redskins-Browns is plenty big

Even without Robert Griffin III's return, Redskins-Browns is plenty big

From the day the 2016 NFL schedule was released, Oct. 2 was a date all Redskins fans circled. And highlighted. And bolded. Because Oct. 2 marked a date with the Cleveland Browns, a game that was supposed to feature the return of Robert Griffin III.

A familiar sight for Washington watchers, however — an injury to RG3, which he suffered in Week 1 against the Eagles — has prevented that storyline from coming true. Instead, the Browns will start Cody Kessler under center, meaning Kirk Cousins won't get a chance to square off with his fellow 2012 draftee, meaning this Sunday doesn't mean nearly as much as it would've if a healthy No. 10 was heading back to FedEx Field.

Or, that's what some are saying.

"This is a dead week," Eric Bickel of the Sports Junkies said on Thursday's show. "This was supposed to be our Super Bowl for sports talk radio. And people are like, 'Eh, this is great, boring's good.' They just don't understand our business."

"They don't work in this biz," John "Cakes" Auville chimed in, lamenting the phone calls and hot takes that were lost when Griffin went down.

"They dont understand how it works around here. And this was supposed to be, really Cakes, one of the best weeks of the year," Bickel said. "We've been pointing to it for months," Cakes added.

"This was really supposed to be an amazing week, and, you know, the big story is, we lost our center," E.B. concluded.

"You're also coming off a win, you can get to 2-2," J.P. Flaim pointed out, trying to prove to his despondent buddies that the game still carries a lot of meaning.

"Even that pales in comparison to Robert's return," Cakes responded.

Now, it's easy to understand why the Junkies are a little down. E.B. is a noted Griffin guy, so not getting a chance to see one of his beloved ex-'Skins definitely hurts. Plus, as mentioned earlier, the morning is a lot quieter when there's no Griffin-Cousins/Griffin's revenge/Griffin's going to get what's been coming for him angles to yell about.

But, RG3's absence notwithstanding, Sunday should still mean plenty for the Burgundy and Gold and their fans. Because, while not having the polarizing passer to watch removes some national intrigue from the contest, the Redskins can't afford to lose an ounce of interest as kickoff approaches.

A win helps the home side even up their record, which absolutely matters in a year where the NFC East looks improved. Building off of last week's victory in New York would be a giant step in the right direction after a lackluster start. A loss, meanwhile, sends this city right back to the edge of the cliff. The edge of the cliff isn't a fun spot to be in.

Therefore, it's necessary for people in the area to ask themselves a question: What's more fun, having a controversial player to talk about from Monday to Friday, or having a franchise coming off of a win to talk about on Sunday?

The answer shouldn't be up for debate. The Redskins need to go all in for Week 4, Griffin or no Griffin.

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