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To avoid big hits, RG3 must raise his hands

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To avoid big hits, RG3 must raise his hands

On options and handoffs during Sundays victory in Tampa, Robert Griffin III made it a point to raise his hands as soon as he no longer was in possession of the football.

He did it so the officials and especially the Buccaneers knew that he could not be hit. Legally, at least.

I thought the referees were on point, especially the head ref, Griffin said Wednesday. Actually, one time I carried out my fake and didnt put my hands up. Referee Alberto Riveron came and found me and said, Hey, make sure you put your hands up.

I said, Alright, you got it, I gotcha, youre watching, thats good, Griffin said. I thought it was great. They protected me as a quarterback out there a lot more, which is how its supposed to be.

Indeed, Griffin absorbed fewer punishing blows than he did the against the Bengals. Some of that was the fact that he carried the ball seven times, down from 12 attempts the previous week. He also received better protection from his offensive line; he was hit while passing four times by the Bucs, down from 13 times by Cincinnati.

But some of the decline in the number of blows Griffin absorbed were the result of the quarterback raising his hands during fakes just like he tactfully said he would in the week leading up to Sunday's game.

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NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

On the field, Fabian Moreau makes plays from his cornerback slot that translate to the NFL game. Staying on the field has been a different matter though. 

In five seasons at UCLA, Moreau dealt with his fair share of adversity. He took a medical redshirt year in 2015, suffering a Lisfranc injury three games into the year. More devestating to his draft status, however, was an injury suffered during his Pro Day in late March. Moreau tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

For many, that injury caused his slip from a possible fringe first rounder to Washington's prize with the 81st pick. It's possible Moreau will be back from injury by the time training camp opens, but it seems likely he begins the summer sessions in Richmond on the PUP list. 

At the combine, Moreau ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. Serious speed, and it instantly makes the 6-foot, 206 lbs., Moreau the fastest corner on the Redskins.

In his senior season, Moreau grabbed two interceptions, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Not scared to get physical and play press coverage, Moreau's mindset should mesh well with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland as he looks to force his way to playing time. 

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Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.

Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.

Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.

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