Although the Redskins wont play a meaningful down for a couple of months, everyones got an opinion about how things will unfold in Washington this season.NFL.com went as far as to name the Skins as one of five teams that has every reason to talk playoffs except for one nagging -- potentially fatal -- weakness.That weakness, according to the, is the teams lack of a bell-cow in the backfield.RG3 goes into battle without anything resembling a bell-cow in the backfield, the article says, referring to first-year quarterback Robert Griffin III. Roy Helu did solid work as a rookie, but coach Mike Shanahan hasn't found a way to duplicate the ground-game success he had with the Denver Broncos.Defenses don't believe in this running game, it continues.Its possible, of course, that the assessment is spot on, and the Redskins recent history does nothing to dispel that notion. After all, the ground game has ranked 25th or worse each of the past three seasons.But its also possible it underestimates a young backfield anchored by Helu and Evan Royster that showed plenty of potential down the stretch in 2011 and figures to benefit greatly from the return of Tim Hightower. (Assuming Hightower is completely healthy.)Helu posted three consecutive 100-yard efforts in Weeks 12-14, while Royster rushed for 132 and 113 yards, respectively, in the seasons final two games.One guy who is hoping its the latter? The quarterback, no doubt. Because if the running game again struggles to be a consistent threat, it will certainly make things interesting for RG3, as the article concludes.
Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed and Brandon Scherff will skip next week's Pro Bowl in Orlando a team spokesman confirmed to CSN. All three players dealt with injuries late in the season, most notably Reed, and playing in the exhibition game is not in the cards. Trent Williams, however, is still slated to play in the game.
Reed suffered a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving playing against the Dallas Cowboys. For the rest of the season, Reed played through significant pain and his production dipped.
Kerrigan played much of the season with an injured elbow and hurt his finger in the final game against the Giants. Scherff played with ankle pain and was listed on the injury report much of the season's final four games.
For Reed and Scherff, this year marked their first Pro Bowl. The recognition was deserved for both players, and shows that the guard and tight end are gaining national spotlight for their play.
Kerrigan played in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season. He finished this year with 11 sacks, 2.5 short os his career high 13.5 in 2014.
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When longtime Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo lost his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott, there was general consensus that Prescott won the job fair and square when Romo got injured.
Romo himself said as much. But there are still people around the NFL who feel Dallas didn't do right by their 10-year starter.
As Romo was leaving the field after the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the playoffs, Pepper Burruss, Green Bay's director of sports medicine, approached him. A microphone picked up Burruss saying what sounds like, "You deserve better."
Take a listen.
It's possible Burruss could have meant something else, like Romo deserved better injury luck. Maybe.
Also keep in mind that Romo may have been leaving the field as a Cowboy for the final time of his career. What a note to leave on...
The 36-year-old has said he still wants an opportunity to start in the NFL. That won't happen in Dallas, so it's likely he'll move on to another team this offseason.
According to Adam Schefter on ESPN Radio, the Cowboys may be willing to trade Romo to the team of his choice.
Speculation has linked him to the Broncos, Bears, Jets and Texans.
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