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Brees: Griffin will take the league by storm

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Brees: Griffin will take the league by storm

The Saints expect to have their hands full trying to contain Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III on Sunday in New Orleans.

Although Griffin rushed only five times in three preseason games, Saints interim Coach Aaron Kromer said he expects to see Washingtons dual-threat quarterback used as a ball carrier.

I would, Kromer said. I would use him as a runner. I know the Redskins have three good runners right now in the backfield that have done a good job. I would add Robert Griffin III to that, and let him run the football for me.

Kromer also acknowledged that the Saints plan to assign a spy to shadow Griffin for some, if not all, of the game.

I think you have to spy him some and I think you have to contain him some, Kromer added. I dont think you can do one thing the whole game. A guy of that magnitude will hurt you.

Although Kromer mostly praised Griffin during his conference call with local reporters Wednesday, he did say that the Saints hope to exploit Griffins inexperience theyre just not sure its going to help.

I think any quarterback, and especially a rookie, you want to change up what youre giving them, Kromer said. You dont give them the same thing the whole game. But I think Robert is different from most rookie quarterbacks. He seems advanced in his knowledge of the game and his ability to take off running.

If you miss him, the coach added, hes definitely a weapon.

Asked if facing Cam Newton and the Panthers in Week 5 last season has helped the Saints prepare for Griffin, Kromer said theyre similar.

In 2011, New Orleans limited Newton to 27 yards on seven carries. It was tied for his second lowest rushing total of his rookie season.

I think Cam is a powerful, good runner as well, Kromer said. But if they were racing, I think Griffin might win.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees said Griffins attitude and athleticism eventually will make him a star in the NFL.

Hes a winner, Brees said. He is a phenomenal athlete. He can do things with his legs and his arms that most people cant do. You figure its only a matter of time before he takes this league by storm. I just hope it doesnt happen Sunday.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft talk, Ihenacho out

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft talk, Ihenacho out

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 25, 33 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 23
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 48
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 60
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 112
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 160

The Redskins week that was

Ihenacho's Redskins career appears to be over—This is based on some tweets he sent out; the team has said nothing officially or unofficially. Duke Ihenacho started 10 games at safety for the Redskins and they still don’t have enough at his position to fill out a depth chart. But apparently, they believe that Ihenacho is not part of the solution going forward and they will not offer Ihenacho, an unrestricted free agent, a contract. I think he’ll get another shot somewhere; he turns 28 in June and when he’s healthy he can play a role on defense and do some special teams.

Will the Redskins shift to drafting for need? Scot McCloughan always preached drafting the best player available rather than drafting for need. However, no GM drafts purely BPA and none draft strictly for need. How will the Redskins go with Bruce Allen having the final say and with Jay Gruden likely to have a strong voice in the draft room? Check out the post.

2017 NFL Mock Draft 6.0—A good job by Ben Standig here although I’m kind of skeptical of his first-round pick for the Redskins for reasons outlined here. And I kind of like his second round pick but I’d think he would be better in the fourth.  

RELATED: NFL Mock Draft Version 6.0

Could Miami's Kaaya be the Redskins' heir apparent at quarterback? I think that some Redskins fans have their fingers stuck in their ears and are yelling, “I can’t hear you” when it comes to the quarterback situation. The reality is that there is a very good chance that Kirk Cousins will be gone in 2018. Why wait until he’s gone to start developing his replacement? You can argue that Kaaya is not the guy but there has to be a plan.

Setting the odds on the Redskins' first-round draft pick—Mock drafts are all over the place with the Redskins picks, which is to be expected with pick No. 17. While I respect any analyst who can do a full first-round mock draft, it’s just impossible for them to be up on every team’s depth chart and thinking. As noted, nobody is sure how the dynamic of Allen and Gruden (and we could throw in college scouting director Scott Campbell there as well) will work in the draft room. While things might clear up as April 27 approaches, a big surprise at No. 17 wouldn’t be a surprise, if you know what I mean.

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What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's the cutest thing you've ever seen in your whole, entire life? Whatever that thing is, be prepared for it to slide down to the second spot, because what you're about to see is absolutely going to move up to No. 1 (and then stay there forever).

Two weeks ago, Kirk Cousins and his wife, Julie, announced that they were expecting. That announcement, which was posted on Julie's Instagram, was really adorable in its own right — Mrs. Cousins shared a photo of the couple's dog, Bentley, who was wearing a sign that read, "Mom & Dad are getting me a human!"

On Friday, though, Kirk put up a video on his Instagram that revealed their future child's gender. What else did that video do, you ask? Well, it only made every future gender reveal irrelevant, since none will ever top what the Cousinses did.

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OMG. O. M. G. OMG.

The regular season may be months away, but with that toss, Kirk Cousins is already 1-for-1 (yes, the pass was low, but a completion is a completion) with a perfect quarterback rating.