Those who think that the Redskins have a chance of showing substantial improvement this year are likely counting on Robert Griffin III having better ball security in 2012 that did Rex Grossman and John Beck last year.In 2011 the Redskins and their fans endured a season of Good Rex and Bad Rex with Grossman mixing in some nice downfield passes with interceptions that made you want to bang your head against a wall. Grossman (20) and Beck (4) combined for 24 picks; only the Eagles and Bills threw more.But the conventional wisdom is that RG3 might turn the ball over a lot as well as rookie quarterbacks are prone to doing. Is it reasonable to think that Griffin will be able to throw substantially fewer interceptions than the Beck-Rex combo did last year?There are a few reasons to think that the rookie might hold onto the ball better than the veterans who preceded him. In three-plus seasons as Baylors staring quarterback (one year was cut short when he tore is ACL early in the season), Griffin threw just 17 interceptions in 1192 pass attempts. Doing the math, just 1.4 percent of his passes were picked off.While the good habits that prevent interceptions can carry over from the NCAA to the NFL to some degree, Griffin will be facing considerably tougher defenses in the NFC East than he did in the Big 12. That doesnt render his Baylor performance totally moot but it does leave us looking for more evidence that he can stay away from throwing the ball to the guys in the other-colored jerseys.One thing we can do is look at how well quarterbacks with similar credentials to Griffins have performed as rookies. Since 2008, four quarterbacks who were drafted in the top five picks of the draft have started 15 or 16 games as a rookie. Cam Newton (17 interceptions), Sam Bradford (15), Mark Sanchez (20), and Matt Ryan (11) all threw fewer picks as rookies then Beck and Grossman did last year. In addition, Andy Dalton, a second-round pick of the Bengals last year, started all 16 games and threw just 13 interceptions.So, it can be done. It is not unrealistic to think that Griffin will be able to cut into the interception total substantially in 2012. Given all of the picks thrown last year, it is not a particularly tough act to follow.
The Redskins bolstered their offensive line depth late Wednesday, announcing a trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley.
In return, Washington sent corner back Dashaun Phillips to Pittsburgh.
The move comes just a few days after the team's starting center, Spencer Long, had his knee scoped. Long will miss a few weeks because of the procedure, so Crowley gives Jay Gruden another option in the middle of his O-line.
Crowley, a rookie, played his college ball at the University of North Carolina, and signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent. He caught on with the Steelers earlier in the month.
Phillips played at Tarleton State and also went undrafted. He had been a Redskin for two seasons.
Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has a lot to say.
The 6-6, 310-pound Texas native was suspended ten games last season for failing a drug test, and with the 2017 season approaching, he has a lot to get off his chest.
Johnson penned an article on The Players' Tribune Wednesday, and had a lot to say regarding his anger toward the NFL and playing in Philadelphia. Being suspended for ten games "lit a fire under my a—," he says, and there may be more perfect place for a person like that than in Philadelphia. Philadelphia sports fans are angry. That's not an insult. If anything, it's a term of endearment. Philly fans like being ticked off and they like it when their players are too.
Needless to say, Johnson is ticked off.
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You really should read the article, and if you do, you will get to this nice nugget about the Redskins, who play the Eagles in Week 1.
Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some a— against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people.
As of publishing, the Redskins are 2.5-point betting favorites, which essentially means it's a push on a neutral field. An Eagles' win — even a blowout one — won't surprise people. But Johnson is angry, and it's pretty fun to experience.
He ends his piece with this power stroke.
So Philly, here’s what we’re gonna need from you: Fly with us and just be you.
Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans.
We’ll take care of the rest.
At least we can agree on hating the Cowboys.