Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 6, seven days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns in Cleveland.
If you need to catch up on what's happening in Richmond, scroll to the bottom for a list of our posts from the last 24 hours.
Better than ordinary?
After almost flying under the radar for the first several days of training camp, Robert Griffin III is popping back into the headlines at Redskins training camp. Now might be a good time to pull out the mythical $100 in casino chips and put them down in three possible levels of success for Griffin in 2015.
No. 31, $30—This would be the level where the SI.com analyst had him a few weeks ago, the second worst starting QB in the league. Although I think that he will be better than that, a scenario where he didn’t improve from last year is in play. I would lean toward saying that a train wreck season would be due more to injury than anything.
Ordinary, $60—This is from Griffin telling Peter King of MMQB, "They are asking me to be basic and take the plays that are there . . . If they are asking me to do the ordinary, that's what I am going to have to do." If he can avoid getting sacks and be more decisive (two related concepts, actually) he could improve a great deal from last year.
I put a good chunk of mythical money here because he has done ordinary before. In 2013, most of his key stats such as completion percentage, interception percentage, and years per attempt, were right around the league average. I think the chances of him returning there in 2015 are pretty good.
2012, $10—This, of course, is a return to the form that made him the NFL offensive rookie of the year just three seasons ago. I’m not going to say that he can never get there or at least something close to it. I don’t think that he’ll ever be the same kind quarterback in that he won’t approach the 815 yards rushing he had in 2012. But he can be a better passer than he was that year to compensate for it.
But first he will have to spend at least a year or two in the “ordinary” phase before he breaks out. If he ever does.
—Today’s schedule: Joint practice with Texans, 8:35; Walkthrough (Redskins only)
—It’s been 221 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 38 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 7; final cuts 30; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 49
In case you missed it
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- Redskins camp news, notes, and quotes: Scherff improving
- Redskins waive 2013 draft pick in first significant cut of camp
- Very unofficial Redskins depth chart, 08.05.15
- Redskins LB Kerrigan's extension lowers his 2015 cap hit
- Redskins read and react, the week that was in Richmond