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Offseason moves: The RG3 deal

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Offseason moves: The RG3 deal

While the offseason has another two and a half weeks to go, its safe to say that offseason personnel and coaching moves are pretty much over. There might be a minor trade or a waiver wire pickup here or there but the cake is mostly baked.So before training camp starts, lets take a look back at the five biggest moves of the offseason. Well count them down in order of how important they were. Earlier, we looked at the hiring of Raheem Morris and the roster decisions made at the start of free agency, the signings of wide receivers Pierre Garon and Josh Morgan, and the re-signing of London Fletcher. Today we wrap up the series examining the biggest move the Redskins made not only this year but one of the biggest in their history, the decision to trade for the draft pick that became Robert Griffin III.By the time the 2011 season ended it was apparent that the Redskins were, once again, in need of a quarterback. The decision to go with Rex Grossman and John Beck at the position was a disaster.Grossman started 13 games and while he had some good moments he turned the ball over at least once in every game. In all, he threw 20 interceptions and lost five fumbles. The Redskins were 5-8 in the games he started.They were 0-3 in Becks starts. The middle game of the three was the worst, a 23-0 whitewashing at the hands of the Bills. It was the first shutout of Mike Shanahans career as a head coach.Not only did the Redskins have issues at quarterback but they also play in a division where the other teams were rolling out top-notch quarterbacks every week. The Giants Eli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl MVP, Tony Romo of Dallas is the king of the fourth-quarter comeback, and Phillys Mike Vick has the deadly combination of a rifle arm and blinding speed.Washingtons 5-11 record earned them the sixth pick of the draft. That was too far back to get either one of the top two quarterbacks in the draft, Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. There were some safe options out there, such as staying put in the draft and taking Ryan Tannehill or Brandon Weeden. Free agents like ex-Packers backup Matt Flynn were on the market.But without a bold move, the Redskins again would go into 2012 with the worst quarterback situation in the division and they would be stuck in that position for the foreseeable future.They had two bold moves in mind. One was to make a run at Peyton Manning if, as everyone expected, the Colts released him rather than pay him a 28 million option bonus. For a while in late January and early February many had Manning in burgundy and gold.But he was not the only option. During the NFL Combine in late February, Griffin allayed concerns about his height as he was officially measured 6 2-38 and blazed through the 40 with a time of 4.38. Along with his impressive film from his Heisman Trophy season at Baylor, the combine propelled him to the second pick in the draft behind Luck.The question became, who would draft him? The Rams had the second pick but they were committed to Sam Bradford as their QB. A number of quarterback-needy teams in the top half of the draft were said to be interested in moving up. Along with the Redskins, the Browns, Dolphins and others were mentioned as possible trade partners with the Rams.On March 7, the Colts released Manning and other teams quickly jumped ahead of the Redskins in the competition for the 36-year-old future Hall of Fame QBs services.With all parties wanting to get a deal done before free agency started on March 13, the Rams told any interested parties to make their best offer for the No. 2 pick. There would be no counteroffers; one big, the best one wins.The Redskins won by putting up their first round picks in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and their second round pick in 12. An organization desperate to find a franchise quarterback gambled a good chunk of its future that RG3 was the guy.

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Redskins vs. Raiders inactives list: Rob Kelley, Jordan Reed and Mason Foster out

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Redskins vs. Raiders inactives list: Rob Kelley, Jordan Reed and Mason Foster out

LANDOVER, Md.—After a week of uncertainty about the status of starters Jordan Reed and Rob Kelley, the Redskins have announced their inactives against the Raiders. 

The storylines leading into the matchup have centered on the matchup between quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr, as well as the resurgent return of Oakland's Marshawn Lynch. 

REDSKINS vs. RAIDERS WEEK 3 INACTIVES

The following players are inactive for the Redskins:

  • OL Tyler Catalina
  • OL T.J. Clemmings
  • CB Josh Holsey
  • DE Anthony Lanier
  • LB Mason Foster
  • RB Rob Kelley
  • TE Jordan Reed

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Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury that knocked him out of the Redskins’ win over the Rams last week in the second quarter. There was hope all week that he could play as he participated in practice on a limited basis all week. He was listed as questionable for the game. His absence means that Mack Brown will be active for the first time this year. He may get some carries in relief of starter Samaje Perine.

Reed also was questionable. He was out of practice on Monday but he was able to come back and go on a limited basis the next two days. The Pro Bowler is one of Kirk Cousins’ favorite targets and his absence will be felt. Vernon Davis will start in his place and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle is active.

Foster was one of the Redskins’ heroes in the win last week, getting the game-clinching interception. He separated his shoulder during the game and popped it back into place and continued playing. Will Compton will start in his inside linebacker spot. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football Live Updates: Week 3 score, stats, highlights, analysis

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Redskins vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football Live Updates: Week 3 score, stats, highlights, analysis

Sunday Night Football on NBC is in Washington, D.C. for Week 3 of the NFL Season as the Redskins (1-1) host the Raiders (2-0) in the most intriguing game of the early season.

The Redskins defense has two weeks of solid play under its belt but will need 60 minutes of elite defensive football in order to slow down Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. The Redskins dealt with a lot of nagging injuries following their win over the Rams in Week 2. Running back Rob Kelley won't be in uniform tonight and the status of Jordan Reed remains unclear.

That's important, because the Redskins will need to get the offense going in a hurry. Kirk Cousins, Terrelle Pryor and Jordan Reed — if healthy — will be asked to keep up with the Raiders' high-octane offense. A task easier said than done. 

The Week 3 Sunday Night Football game between the Redskins and the Raiders takes place at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Redskins Kickoff with Chick Hernandez, Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich airs live at 7:30 p.m. The trio returns at 11:30 p.m. ET for Redskins Extra.

Be sure to join us in the live blog below and leave a game comment in the comment section at the bottom.

REDSKINS VS. RAIDERS WEEK 3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE BLOG:

7:04 p.m.: Here is the full list of inactives. Tonight could get interesting.

6:58 p.m.: No Rob Kelley or Jordan Reed for the Redskins tonight vs. the Raiders. Dang.

6:40 p.m.: The inactive list should be coming out shortly. Will Jordan Reed be dressed? Rookie TE Jeremy Sprinkle was dressed and on the field for warmups if that is any indication. 

6:35 p.m.: MARSHAWN LYNCH IS HERE AND OH MY GOD HE LOOKS LIKE A SUPERVILLIAN.

6 30 p.m.: Welcome to our Week 2 live blog of the Redskin vs. Rams game. It's me, Troy Machir again. You can follow JP Finlay and Rich Tandler too if you'd like. They're at FedEx Field for the game. That's cool and all, but since I'm here, I suggest you stick around.