NEW YORK--It is safe to say that there has never been a draft night quite like it for the Redskins Or, for that matter, for any other NFL team.When else has the teams top draft pick sung the teams fight song over the telephone to reporters? Or showed up in socks in the teams colors? Or was able to rattle off nearly every receiver and running back on the roster, not just their names but a quick scouting report on some of them?But Robert Griffin III did all of that and more in the two hours after this card was turned into Roger Goodell at about 8:13 on Thursday night: After celebrating with his family, Griffin was in on a conference call with reporters at Redskins Park. When asked how he felt after being drafted, Griffin broke out into Hail to the Redskins.Then it was to the interview room at Radio City Music Hall where he answered some of the same questions he had just taken on the phone again. Yes, he was excited. Yes, he was looking forward to getting to know his teammates, especially the offensive line. Yes, he was looking forward to playing games against Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Michael Vick but he didnt really play against other quarterbacks, he plays against defenses.RG3 managed to get in plugs for two of the companies he has signed to endorse, mentioning Subway and adidas, the makers of his distinctive socks.After showing off those burgundy and gold socks at the front table he went to a back room and answered more questions and more of the same questions. He was interviewed by everyone from the local reporters who were on the scene to fellow Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, to international reporters from Latin America and Japan.And Griffin answered every repetitive question like it was the very first time anyone had ever asked him that question. He showed the socks, which have become his signature fashion accessory, several more times with the same enthusiasm he had showed them the first time.Somewhere in between all of this he took a minute to send out his sentiments via Twitter. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!! It's an honor to be your quarterback CantWait, he tweeted via his @RGIII Twitter handle, which he started just a few weeks ago and now has over 166,000 followers.His introduction as a Redskin is just beginning. On Friday, Griffin will go to Redskins Park and get what he needs to start preparing for next weekends rookie camp. Then on Saturday hell go to FedEx Field for another press conference and an introduction to the teams fans gathered at the draft day party.The party will go on for the fans, who will be counting down the days to RG3s debut in the regular season opener in New Orleans (which just so happens to be Griffins home town). That countdown, by the way, stands at 135 days.Meanwhile, the hard work of becoming an NFL quarterback starts for Griffin. Its rookie camp for Griffin next weekend and then OTAs, minicamp, and then training camp with a lot of time in meeting rooms with Kyle Shanahan and QB coach Matt LaFleur. He said (more than a few times) that he will be the first one in the building and he last one out. We will start seeing the results in September.
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 26, six days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.
Today’s schedule: No media availability
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 27
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 33
Last look at Redskins vs. Raiders
—I could fill up this entire post with numbers that demonstrate just how dominant the Redskins defense was on Sunday. Here’s one that impressed me—with the exception of two series that started with turnovers deep in Washington territory, the Raiders ran one play on the Redskins’ side of the field. Early in the second quarter, Derek Carr threw a short pass that Marshawn Lynch turned into an eight-yard gain to the Washington 48. On the next play, Kendall Fuller picked off Carr’s pass. That was it until Jamison Crowder muffed a punt, giving Oakland the ball at the Washington 21 with 47 seconds left in the third quarter.
—Kirk Cousins passed for over 350 yards with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions for the fourth time as a Redskin. It is the first time Washington quarterback to do that more than once; Joe Theismann did it in 1982 and 1983. Colt McCoy and Mark Rypien did it once each. Cousins is the only one of the group to complete over 80 percent of his passes in such a game; he was 25 of 30, 83.3 percent.
—Again, there are plenty of numbers but what set this game apart was the confidence and attitude on display, particularly on defense. The images that stick in my mind are plays like D.J. Swearinger leveling Marshawn Lynch, Preston Smith just dismissing a Lynch stiff arm to get the stop on third and two, Montae Nicholson getting a textbook legal hit on Michael Crabtree and Zach Brown sending ball carriers to the ground with a vengeance.
—Some are wondering if Mack Brown should be the main backup at running back when Rob Kelley returns from his rib injury, which could be this week. Samaje Perine seemed to miss some openings and at times he seemed to go down with a one-arm tackle. And he fumbled the ball away. But on Sunday night Jay Gruden said that once Kelley is back, Perine will be the backup and Brown is likely to return to the game-day inactive list.
—Let this sink in for a minute—prior to last night’s Cowboys-Cardinals game, the Redskins were fifth in the NFL in rushing attempts (90) and sixth in rushing yards (409). They are on pace to have 480 rushing attempts for 2,180 yards. Last year they ran it 379 times for 1,696 yards.
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