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The Redskins are toting the rock

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The Redskins are toting the rock

When talking about acquiring Robert Griffin III to be the teams franchise quarterback, Mike Shanahan consistently emphasized that the rookie would not be able to do it alone. In particular, Shanahan told us over and over that over the years rookie quarterbacks have needed a strong running game and a good defense.Well, RG3 is not playing with one of the better defenses around but he does have the benefit of one the better rushing games in the league. The Redskins have 702 yards rushing, an average of 175.5 yards per game, tops in the NFL through four games.Griffin himself, of course, has contributed mightily to the rushing total. He has 252 yards on the ground, good enough for 17thin the NFL.But the main man toting the rock is rookie Alfred Morris. Many wondered why the sixth-round pick was starting over Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster, both of whom turned in solid performances as rookies in 9=2011. Nobody is questioning the decision now as Morris is fifth in the NFL with 376 yards rushing. His four touchdowns rushing have him tied with Arian Foster and Griffin for the league lead.The Redskins last rushed for over 700 yards in the seasons first four games in 1978. It has happened just two other times in team history, in 1945 and 1958.

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Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

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.  

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Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

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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