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Another installment of 'Proof that RG3 gets it'

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Another installment of 'Proof that RG3 gets it'

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.

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Redskins practice observations OTAs 05.24.17—Injured players getting back on track

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Redskins practice observations OTAs 05.24.17—Injured players getting back on track

The skies were dry but the fields were wet and that forced the Redskins into the bubble for their second OTA practice.

Here are my observations from the session:

OLB Junior Galette took a light workload but it was surprising that he did anything at all considering that he is 10 months removed from an Achilles tendon tear. He was sprinting during stretching and he took part in some team drills. It’s early but if he is healthy in September the Redskins’ pass rush could be a force.

Not present were TE Jordan Reed, OT Trent Williams, and RB Matt Jones. Jay Gruden said that Reed and Williams are working out elsewhere and he was vague about the absence of Jones, although he said that it was not unexpected.

Also in good health was TE Niles Paul. He suffered a shoulder injury in Week 8 last year and finished the season on injured reserve. The veteran appeared to be a full go in both individual and team drills.

RB Rob Kelley looks like he lost a few pounds in an effort to become more durable and maybe a little quicker. He also is sporting a new jersey number.

Rob Kelley now wearing No. 20. #Redskins

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P Tress Way is in midseason form. He lofted a punt that landed in one of the light fixtures some 100 feet above the floor of the practice bubble and stayed in it. The third-year player said that he couldn’t do that again if he tried 100 times.

RB Mack Brown faces some serious competition for his job but he is not going to give it up easily. He looked good on some runs off tackle, showing some good speed and quickness.

They rotated a lot of defensive linemen through during team drills. Undrafted rookie Ondre Pipkins got a lot of run at nose tackle and Anthony Lanier played quite a few snaps at end as did Ziggy Hood. Top draft pick Jonathan Allen’s reps were somewhat limited as were those of Phil Taylor. They likely plan to rotate  their linemen a lot throughout OTAs, minicamp, and training camp to try to find a good combination.

QB Kirk Cousins mostly kept to shorter passes but in seven on seven drills he did launch one deep down the middle that WR Maurice Harris went up and grabbed for the nicest offensive play of the day.

Rookie TE Jeremy Sprinkle dropped a pass on a short crossing pattern. As a fifth-round pick he can afford some mistakes now but he can’t drop too many in August.

QB Nate Sudfeld was shaky in the beginning, throwing a few passes at the shoe tops of his receivers. But he did get better as the practice went on, through some nice, accurate passes while rolling out.

Gruden called for a trick play at the end of on team session. Cousins threw a quick backwards pass to WR Jamison Crowder, who was on the left. RB Chris Thompson snuck out of the backfield and he was open along the right hashmark. But Crowder’s pass was underthrown, allowing ILB Zach Brown to break it up.

Brown, Will Compton, and Mason Foster rotated in and out at inside linebacker. All possible combinations of the three were on the field at various times. It will be interesting to see how the lineup settles in when the season starts.

I think that S D.J. Swearinger is going to be annoying to players and fans from other teams. After Harris caught a pass, he was jogging down the field with the ball after the whistle blew. Swearinger came up and gave the ball a bunch to try to knock it out of his grasp. It was more playful than violent but I can see how he will get under the skin of opponents.

WR Josh Doctson appears to be healthy. He turned on the jets to catch a QB Colt McCoy pass down the right sideline. Of course, it’s May and the goal is for him to be healthy in September but it looks like it’s so far, so good.

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Kirk Cousins sounded optimistic about contract talks with Redskins

Kirk Cousins sounded optimistic about contract talks with Redskins

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins repeatedly sounded optimistic about his ongoing contract negotations with the organization, though he acknowledged the talks will probably go until the last minute.

"Deadlines do deals," Cousins said.

Speaking Wednesday to the media after an OTA session, Cousins explained that talks with the Redskins have been positive and ongoing. He also admitted that he doesn't expect a deal to get finished before the July 15th franchise tag deadline.

In 2016, conversations between the Redskins and Cousins largely broke down before the tag deadline. That seems to be a different story in 2017, and while it may only be a glimmer of hope, it's an encouraging development for Washington fans that want to keep their passer. 

"It's been very positive," he said. Of July 15th, Cousins said, "it will be a telling date, as it was last summer."

Over the last two seasons as starter, Cousins has thrown for more than 9,000 yards, twice breaking the franchise single-season passing record. In 2015, Cousins emerged in the second half of the year to play some terrific football and lead the Redskins to a division title. In 2016, Cousins never quite hit the same highs as 2015, but was much more consistent and piled up passing yards. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen said earlier this week he remains positive about a long-term deal for Cousins. Allen maintained that talks are ongoing with Cousins' representatives, and similarly to Cousins, expects the bulk of the talks closer to July 15th.

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