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Griffin's going to need a big trophy case

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Griffin's going to need a big trophy case

If the first month of his career is an indication, Robert Griffin III had better have a really big trophy case. The NFL has named the Redskins quarterback the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.

In four games, Griffin has completed 86 of 124 passes for 1070 yards and four touchdowns. He is among the league leaders in completion percentage (69.4), yards per attempt (8.6), and passer rating (103.2). Griffin leads all NFL rookie quarterbacks in those three categories.

He is the third quarterback to pass for over 1000 yards in the first four games of his rookie season joining Cam Newton of the Panthers (2011) and Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins (2012). The former Heisman Trophy winner also leads all quarterbacks in rushing with 234 yards.

Griffin was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Redskins season-opening win over the Saints and he was the NFL rookie of the week for that game as well. Griffin is in the voting for the rookie of the week for last week as well.

Griffin is the first Redskin to be named the Offensive Rookie of the Month since offensive tackle Chris Samuels won it for his performance in October of 2000. Last year, Ryan Kerrigan won the defensive rookie honors last year in September.

There seems to be little question that Griffin will continue to collect hardware.

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Need to Know:How do the Redskins stack up in the NFC East?

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Need to Know:How do the Redskins stack up in the NFC East?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 29, 15 days before the Washington Redskins start their mandatory minicamp on June 13.

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Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/27) 59
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 73
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 104

How do the Redskins stack up against the rest of the NFC East?

A few words on the state of the NFC East and how the Redskins stack up to their rivals after all of them had active offseasons. 

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Need to Know for Monday, 05.29.17

Posted by Rich Tandler on Monday, May 29, 2017

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Redskins Playbook: After worst to first in 2016, how strong will NFC East be?

Redskins Playbook: After worst to first in 2016, how strong will NFC East be?

When the Redskins won the NFC East in 2015 with a 9-7 record, most critics dismissed the division as weak. That theory was largely proved right when the Redskins got stomped at home in the first round of the playoffs by the Wild Card Green Bay Packers.

In 2016, however, the NFC East largely looked like the best division in football, or at least among the best divisions. Dallas won 13 games and took the NFC East title, the Giants won 11 and took the NFC's top Wild Card spot. The Redskins had a chance to make the playoffs in Week 17, but unceremoniously lost and fell short.

Still, Washington won eight games and Philadelphia won seven. In fact, the NFC East was the only division in the NFL without a team that lost 10 or more games. The AFC West - a division that some would argue was tougher than the NFC East - still had the Chargers and their 5-11 record.

What does it mean for 2017? If anything the only team expected to regress would be the Cowboys, and their regression could easily still have them looking to win around 10 games. 

The Eagles have improved with young, star QB Carson Wentz. New York will be interesting, as they have some age at various spots on their roster but still feature a two-time Super Bowl winning QB in Eli Manning and one of the best defenses in the NFL.

As for Washington? The defense should be much improved. It almost has to be as the 2016 version struggled significantly. If the defense can just be average (and I'd argue it could push for Top 15) the offense should continue to move the ball well. Producing in the red zone needs to look different than last season too.

The NFC East looks like a beast yet again. It would be no surprise if both NFC Wild Cards come from the division.

Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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