Not much has involved Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins could be considered normal from the price they paid to get the draft choice to pick him to having the offensive coordinator travel to teach him the playbook before he was even drafted to being named the starter with two weeks of becoming a Redskin.But when it comes to his schedule in the preseason, its going to be business as usual.When asked how much RG3 would play during the first preseason game, her is what Mike Shanahan said:Im using that first team anywhere from 12 to 20 plays. Our second game Ill usually play them a half. The third preseason game, I usually play them a series into the third quarter, sometimes Ill get them out of there at the half depending on the number of plays. The fourth game you dont play. Thats what Ive done in the past, probably wont be too far from it this year.Asked if Griffin would get any more playing time, Shanahan said no. Doesnt matter who it is, he said.(By the way, the subheadline here is that Shanahan revealed anything at all about his playing time plans for the preseason. That is usually confidential information, even to the players affected.)Some have commented that Griffin should get more playing time than would a veteran quarterback. After all, he is a raw rookie who will be expected to start 16 games this year and the more snaps in the preseason the better, right?Well, maybe so. But it appears that Shanahan wants to have Griffin play as much as possible with the first team and against the opponents front-line players. It may boost RG3s confidence if, say, Shanahan kept the starting offense in for the whole first half against the Bills on Thursday and he threw two touchdown passes against players in a Buffalo secondary who have zero chance of making the team. But it wont do him much good in the long run and the risk of injury to him or other starters outweighs any benefit.Although the plan appears to be firm, it is not set in stone. If Griffin is struggling in a particular game Shanahan might give him an extra series or two to make something positive happen.
Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.
Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile.
While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football.
Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.
On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.
Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.
"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."
The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs.
"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."
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