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Need to Know: QB talk tops the Redskins' week that was

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Need to Know: QB talk tops the Redskins' week that was

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 11, 19 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

The week that was

Here are the top stories we covered this week and some thoughts on what they mean:

Scot McCloughan attends Connor Halliday workout It will be interesting to see how McCloughan handles the quarterback position in the draft. And not just in this one but over the years. When he was a scout with the Packers they took one almost every year; some became trade bait, others were camp fodder. But they kept on taking them. McCloughan didn’t do this in San Francisco but perhaps as Alex Smith struggled year after year he wished he did.

E. J. Biggers visits the Eagles There never seemed to be any chance that the Redskins would bring him back after he became a free agent. It was kind of funny as Redskins fans rooted for the Eagles to sign Biggers, a replacement-level player on his better days. The fans’ wishes were realized later in the day when the Eagles announced that they had signed him.

Marcus Mariota visit to Redskins Park cancelled There are many different ways to spin this one. Neither the Redskins nor Mariota’s camp will say who called off the visit. The guess here is that Mariota’s agent heard something that makes him certain that the Heisman winner will be off the board when the Redskins are on the clock and didn’t want to put his client through what would be a fruitless coast-to-coast trip.

Redskins announce preseason opponents This is an odd drip of information that the NFL gives us about a week or two before the full schedule is unveiled. The opponents and the order in which the games will be played were announced Thursday but exact dates and times don’t come out until the full schedule does. Redskins go to Baltimore for their Week 3 game for the second straight year.

RG3 on Gruden: Not my job to judge to coach The quote that made the headline was Griffin saying of Jay Gruden, "My job is not to characterize or judge him as a coach." That was parsed and interpreted all over the Internet and in the talk world. The most important thing that Griffin said about Gruden, however, was, “We both want to win.” If that happens, the scrutiny that virtually everything that Griffin says will magically disappear.

Timeline

—It’s been 104 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 155 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 9; 2015 NFL Draft 19; Redskins training camp starts 110

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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