Yeah, we know you know that Robert Griffin III gets it. And we also know that you dont get tired of reading about more evidence of that fact. So here is some more on the subject.First, Mr. Irrelevant has an exclusive interview with Griffin out today. Its quality stuff, you should go check it out. But lets go towards the end of the interview when RG3 is asked if he plans on going to Nationals Park to throw out the first pitch. Here is his reply:No, I would hate to do that before I play. I would hate to do something like that before I play. Let Fletch go throw out the first pitch, Fletch has been here for a long time. Hes done the football thing for a while, hes proven. Not that Im not proven, according to most guys Im not proven, but in my own mind I am and now I just need to go out and prove it. But I would hate to throw out that first pitch and I still havent taken a snap.Now, according to CSN Washingtons Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chris Cooley has thrown out the first pitch at the ballpark, so perhaps the longest-tenured Redskin could say that the trail already has been blazed for Griffin. Otherwise, I would suggest that the Nationals get an invite out to Fletcher ASAP to clear the way for an RG3 first pitch at some point in the future.In any case, he does not seem to be caught up in his own celebrity and that is a very good sign.And its also a good sign that his teammates are willing to follow him to hell and backor, to Waco, Texas and back, anyway.Griffin told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that some of his receivers are coming to Waco, the home of Baylor University and where Griffin still has an apartment, to work out sometime between now and training camp.Griffin wouldnt say whose idea it was but its doubtful that the pass catchers who are cominghe ticked off the names of Santana Moss,Pierre Garcon, Anthony Armstrong, Aldrick Robinson, Fred Davis, and Brandon Bankslooked at a map and picked Waco as the place to go in July.Whoever did it must have had a heck of a sales pitch. If you look at the 10-day forecast there youll see that the comparison of Waco to hell is not that far off in terms of the weather. Between now and July 8, the lowest high temperature will be 95 degrees. Starting July 3, the high will be 100 or more five out of six days. I don't know that's a dry heat but that's still pretty damn hot.Griffin said that next year they might go someplace more vacation-like such as Los Angeles but for this year, its Waco.Its great that were already starting off on the right foot, Griffin said. All those guys are coming down to throw. For those guys to show that theyre willing to come to Waco, Texas to workout with me lets me know they believe in me.Everyone else is starting to believe, too.
The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.
That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.
Will Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?
Finlay: The better question might be what constitutes the next step for Cousins? And going one step further, will it be with the Redskins? Answering the second part first, Cousins will be the 'Skins quarterback in 2017. Taking the next step is trickier, since the passer has thrown for more than 9,000 yards in the last two seasons.
For me, Cousins can still get much better, particularly in the red zone. If the Redskins scored at the same pace they pile up yards, this team would have won 11 games in 2016.
In 2016, Cousins ranked 3rd in the NFL in passing yards, yet outside of the Top 10 in TDs with 25. To really enter the next phase of his career, Cousins needs to lead an offense that scores more, and that means 30+ touchdowns. He can do it.
Tandler: I don’t look at the next step for Cousins being about numbers. Sure, maybe he can throw for 5,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns on year. But being a top quarterback is more than that.
I want to see him go into Seattle next year and rally the Redskins from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. I want to see him go into a playoff game and, unlike what happened against the Packers after the 2015 season, will the team to a win when the Redskins aren’t playing their best and when a QB like Aaron Rodgers is on the other side. I want to see him glare at a lineman who missed an assignment and correct a receiver who went the wrong way on a route.
To be sure, he has led the team to some comeback wins and he has played very well in some key games, like the division-clinching win in Philadelphia in 2015. But a top-flight quarterback can’t essentially negate one of those with a play like the season-ending pick against the Giants. Sure, any quarterback is going to have an off day. But you have to have more pluses than minuses on the ledger.
Cousins has been a starter for just two years so maybe he can develop into a top-shelf quarterback. Putting up good stats is part of the picture but he won’t be there until he elevates and motivates those around him. Maybe he can take that next step but until he does there is no way of knowing if he will.
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There hasn't been much good news out of Redskins Park lately, as the team deals with pending free agency for QB Kirk Cousins and others combined with rumors of infighting among the front office. So video of 2016 first round pick Josh Doctson running and cutting comes at a great time for beleaguered 'Skins fans.
Doctson looks ready pic.twitter.com/opUrNtdInQ— ceroy (@ceroy16) February 23, 2017
Doctson posted the video to his Snapchat account. When he last spoke after the Washington season ended, Doctson made clear he was feeling much better and that '100 percent health' is his main goal this offseason.
His rookie year, however, was a different matter.
The receiver out of TCU missed all but the first two games of the year. Even in those games, he played a very reduced role. Drafted 22nd overall, he had just two catches all year as an obscure Achilles' injuries landed him on the injured reserve. His plight could not be figured out by a slew of doctors and specialists, and the team finally decided to sit down their prized rookie.
A breakout year in 2017 would serve Jay Gruden's squad well, as the team stands to lose DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garçon to free agency. It looks likely the 'Skins will lose at least one of their starting WRs, and losing both is a distinct possibility. That could result in more than 2,000 receiving yards leaving the Redskins offense, and the team will need Doctson to pick up a good chunk of that production.
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