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Griffin vs. Luck, Round 1

Griffin vs. Luck, Round 1

What: Redskins vs. ColtsWhere: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.When: Saturday, 4 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNet, NBC 4
Theywent 1-2 in the NFL draft in April.Theyfinished 1-2 in the Heisman Trophy voting four months earlier.Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. RobertGriffin III and Andrew Luck.LikeMagic and Bird, the dueling quarterbacks will be forever linked because of theproximity in which they were drafted and because of the intriguing situations theyinherited. Griffinis being counted upon to revitalize a Redskins franchise thats made theplayoffs exactly three times since 1992. Luck, meantime, is expected to replacefuture hall of famer Peyton Manning.AlthoughGriffin and Lucks paths have crossed a number of times in recent months,theyll meet on the gridiron for the first time Saturday in one of the NFLs mostanticipated preseason games. Both signal callers are expected to play into thethird quarter, so it also figures to be the first prolonged look at them.Throughtwo exhibition games, Griffin and Luck each have shown flashes of brilliance, as well as the misstepsto be expected of a rookie. Luckhas completed 26 of his 41 pass attempts for 363 yards and two touchdowns. Hesalso been intercepted twice, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Griffin,on the other hand, has only attempted 14 passes in two games, completing nineof them. Hes also shown the propensity to hold onto the football too long andhas lost two fumbles.Tenyears from now, the following question will be posed: Andrew Luck or RobertGriffin III?Ina matter of hours, the argument will begin.Although itsthe big story, it's not the only one. The csnwashington.com staff will bekeeping tabs on a number of other competitions that have yet to be settled. Amongthem:1) Thebattle at wide receiver has evolved into the tightest and most intense competitionin the Redskins' camp. Andit could get even more convoluted if Anthony Armstrong has a big performanceagainst the Colts. Armstrong has missed the first two preseason contests with asprained right shoulder. While he sat out, BrandonBanks, Dezmon Biscoe and Aldrick Robinson all scored touchdownsin Chicago. Robinson also amassed 104 yards on six receptions in that game.InArmstrongs own words, time is short to snag one of the remaining two spots.If hes going to do it, the 29-year-old must be a standout on offense andspecial teams Saturday.2) Thesituation at running back is almost as muddled due to injuries that haveinflicted three-fourths of the players competing for playing time in Coach Mike Shanahans backfield. Thisweek, second-year players Evan Royster(knee) and Roy Helu Jr. (two soreAchilles tendons) are expected to be sidelined. Tim Hightower, meantime, is expected tosuit up for the first time since tearing the ACL in his left knee in Week 5last season. Hightower is listed as the Redskins No. 1 running back on theteams depth chart, but thats of little comfort to the 26-year-old.Hethought he was ready to go, Shanahan said. Hes had enough reps in practicewhere hes feeling comfortable with it.WithRoyster and Helu out and Hightower not expected to start, that meansrookie Alfred Morris figures to getthe nod for the second consecutive week. Morris gained 38 yards on his firstfive carries last week in Chicago, but was held to minus-4 yards on his next fivecarries.Shanahanwants consistency, and Morris has yet to deliver it.3)Some of Morris second quarter struggles against the Bears were the result of apatchwork offensive line that couldnt contain defensive ends Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije. Griffinwas sacked three times for a total loss of 19 yards, just one game after he washardly touched by the Bills, while Morris was stopped twice for no game and two other times for a loss in the span of two series.Thegood news is the unit appears to be getting healthier as the regular season approaches.Left tackle Trent Williams wasnt100-percent at Soldier Field due to a bone bruise in his left foot, but he saidhes improving daily. Right guard ChrisChester (sprained left ankle) could return against the Colts after missingboth of the previous exhibitions, and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (right knee surgery) said he hopes to returnfor the regular season opener.Lichtensteiger,however, wont be ready Saturday and theres no guarantee hell be ready fornext month in New Orleans. So it will be important for Williams, Maurice Hurt, Will Montgomery, Chester and TylerPolumbus to keep Griffin upright and open holes for Morris and Co.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Who will be the Redskins new top wideout?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Who will be the Redskins new top wideout?

Rich Tandler and JP Finlay make predictions about the Redskins leading wideout in 2017 and how the offense shakes out. Plus, who will drink the most beer over Memorial Day? Bonus guest local celebrity Mitch Tischler joins the pod.

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Third-round pick Fabian Moreau signs with Redskins, all draftees now under contract

Third-round pick Fabian Moreau signs with Redskins, all draftees now under contract

By: Caroline Brandt, @carolinewbrandt 

The Redskins have a lot to feel good about going into Memorial Day weekend. Fabian Moreau, a cornerback out of UCLA and the Redskins' 81st pick, has officially signed with the team.

The 6-foot, 200-pound CB tore his pectoral muscle during the bench press at his pro day, but he recently told Redskins Insider JP Finlay that his rehab is going well. There is hope Moreau could return to the field in August or September.

All 10 of Washington's draft picks this season are now under contract with Moreau's signing.

The Redskins' 2017 draft class includes:

  1. Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama (No. 17 Overall, Rd. 1)
  2. Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama (No. 49 Overall, Rd. 2)
  3. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA (No. 81 Overall, Rd. 3)
  4. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (No. 114 Overall, Rd. 4)
  5. Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State (No. 123 Overall, Rd. 4)
  6. Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas (No. 154, Rd. 5)
  7. Chase Rouiller, C, Wyoming (No. 199, Rd. 6)
  8. Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State (No. 209, Rd. 6)
  9. Josh Harvey-Clemons, S/LB, Louisville (No. 230, Rd. 7)
  10. Joshua Holsey, CB, Auburn (No. 235, Rd. 7)

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