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Need to Know: Will Redskins' Griffin be better than ordinary in 2015?

Need to Know: Will Redskins' Griffin be better than ordinary in 2015?

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.

Timeline

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

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Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

After NFL minicamps end in mid-June, and before the grind of training camps start in late July, players are free to have a little bit of fun and try to relax. For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that evidently means a game of Jenga.

Fun at Kirk's 10 year high school reunion!!!

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The video comes from Cousins' wife Julie, and the caption explains that the couple were attending the quarterback's 10-year high school reunion. Looks like a fun scene, and the Michigan waterfront looks even better.

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For anybody that has watched Cousins on the practice field or listened to him mic'd up during a Redskins game, the competitive outburst is no surprise. Cousins likes to win, period. Even at life-size Jenga during his 10-year high school reunion. 

Obviously, contract talks between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins continue, and likely will until the July 17th franchise tag deadline. Last season, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs and 12 INTs. He's allowed to have a little fun here and there.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 24, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 23
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 70

The Redskins week that was

Pressure Points: Focus is on Jay Gruden like never before—So you lost two coordinators and your top two wide receivers? Well, the Redskins gave him a two-year contract extension because they think he can deal with problems like those. Gruden will be cut zero slack.

Post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, offense—Sure, there will be plenty of lip service about everyone having a chance of making the 53-man roster. But this cake is very nearly baked. But the real competition in training camp will be for the 10 practice squad spots. I picked 25 offensive players to make it and I’m confident that 23, maybe 22 of the picks will be right. There seems to be more questions on defense (roster projection here) but even on that side of the ball, few jobs are truly up for grabs.

Redskins in a no-lose situation with confident Galette—We haven’t seen Junior Galette practicing in the spring before. Two years ago, he wasn’t with the team yet and last year he was held out so he could rehab his torn Achilles. That means we don’t have much comparison to make but he did look good. Next step is to do it with the pads on.

Snyder 'THRILLED' with ruling that should protect Redskins name—The legal part of the fight to get the Redskins to change their name is over after the recent Supreme Court ruling. They will not lose their trademark protection, which would effectively force them to change the team. However, it seems likely that the political and social battle will go on.

Is a Redskins-Cousins deal not only possible but probable?—One analyst thinks that the Redskins have too much to lose to not get a deal done by July 17. I think he’s right but I’m not sure if I’ll go along with his odds. 

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