Through six practices and one rookie camp, plenty has been thrown at the Redskins starting passer, Robert Griffin III. Like the entire Redskins offense, the rookie quarterback said. Understanding of every read, throw and bootleg has not come yet. Not that anyone was expecting that level of proficiency so soon. Nevertheless, the dynamic one is getting closer.I feel a lot more comfortable today, whereas I didnt know anything before I got here, RG3 said, speaking to a cadre of reporters after Thursdays OTA. I think I know at least 60 to 70 percent of it pretty well, but you cant operate at 60 to 70 percent. Youve got to operate at 150 percent with your offense because not only do you have to know it, but you have to know what to do in certain situations. Thats still to come.Griffin displayed his arm strength on several deep throws, his power on out passes near the sideline, his blazing speed on one long run to the house. There were also tosses into traffic, some ill advised. So yes, the learning curve is still in play, but his new teammates notice the strides already made.Hes picking up on the playbook very quickly, said wide receiver Pierre Garcon, one of the many newcomers transitioning into the offense. Actually, I have to pick up on the playbook and get better at that too, but he has a very strong arm and once he gets everything down pat, he will be a very dangerous quarterback.The playbook is thick, the schemes challenging, butGriffin has gone through this transition before during his college days. Now, its taking place at the highest level, against the best defenses, in front of many pairs of inquisitive eyes. Through the early work,RG3 hasadjusted accordingly. The charismatic ones confidence remains intact.I look at it as its going to be a challenge to get used to all this stuff and used to the offense, but I feel a whole lot more comfortable today, Griffin said. To me, thats a great thing that I can actually go out on the field and look London Fletcher in the eyes and know that Im about to complete a pass on him.Dont tell him I said that.
RICHMOND—The Redskins reportedly have been looking to trade running back Matt Jones since just before the draft. They may be able to find a partner just up I-95.
The Baltimore Ravens are in need of a running back after Kenneth Dixon suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this week. Terrance West, who gained 774 yards on the ground last year, is healthy and returning but the Ravens want more depth at the position.
That is where Jones could come into play. The 2015 third-round pick of the Redskins was the unquestioned starter going into last season. But fumbling and other issues prompted Jay Gruden to make him inactive the last nine games of the season. Jones further fell out of favor by skipping OTAs this year, a move he made on the advice of his now-former agent.
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Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said last year that he liked Jones “a lot” in the 2015 draft and he could well still be intrigued by his size and speed. ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley said that Jones could be a good fit for the Ravens in their current situation.
It should be noted that Hensley seems to be engaging in informed speculation and not relaying anything he heard from the team’s decision makers. He also speaks of the possibility of Baltimore picking up Jones after the Redskins release him.
But there could be some incentive for the Ravens to talk trade with the Redskins rather than waiting for Jones to hit the waiver wire. For one thing, getting their new back in sooner rather than later would benefit the Ravens, allowing the player to get acclimated to his new quarterback and offensive line. While the Redskins are inevitably going to cut Jones, they have no incentive to do so before the final cuts just before the start of the season. Perhaps the Ravens will want to give up some minor compensation, something like a swap of sixth- and seventh-round picks, to get Jones in for the start of training camp.
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Hensley also mentions the possibility that the Ravens will look at former Redskin Alfred Morris for depth at running back. He currently is buried on the Cowboys’ depth chart behind All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott and Darren McFadden. However, there is the possibility of a domestic-violence suspension on the horizon for Elliott. While the suspension is likely to be brief the Cowboys probably don’t want to depart with any running back depth until the matter has been settled.
The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2017 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.
Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 1-10. Here are some of the players in our latest update:
—A 2016 free agent who needs to make more big plays.
—A rookie expected to bolster one of the weakest units on the team.
—Each of the five highest-paid players on the team.
—What you won’t find: Any players who will be over the age of 29 in Week 1.