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RG3 excited for Texas homecoming

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RG3 excited for Texas homecoming

Robert Griffin III is looking forward to returning to his home state of Texas on Thursday. But the Redskins’ quarterback also insisted that the trip is all business.

“It will be fun. I’ll get to see a lot of familiar faces,” Griffin said. “I have a lot of fans down there who got to see me grow up in Copperas Cove, Texas, then go to college at Baylor. So it will definitely be a good homecoming.”

“Certainly looking to having fun,” he added. “But we’re going there with one goal in mind – and that’s to win.”

Griffin is coming off a scintillating performance in the Redskins' 31-6 victory over the Eagles. But Washington (4-6) must maintain that momentum against Dallas (5-5) if it hopes to keep alive the team's faint playoff hopes. The Redskins also will be attempting to snap a 0-6 slump against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

An army brat, Griffin was born in Okinawa. His parents were stationed near Tacoma, Wash., and then New Orleans before the family eventually settled in central Texas when he was about 7 years old. Copperas Cove is midway between Dallas and Houston, but most of Griffin’s friends were Cowboy diehards.

“I had some friends that were big, big Cowboys fans,” Griffin said. “So they would always want to get together and watch the games. For me, I was never a Cowboys’ fan. But it was always good to watch football on Thanksgiving.”

Griffin recalls watching the 2005 game when his favorite team – the Mike Shanahan coached Broncos – beat the Cowboys, 24-21, in overtime at Dallas.

“I had bragging rights,” he cracked.

Griffin said his friends who still live in Texas have told him in recent days that they still intend to root for the Cowboys – even if he’s their favorite NFL quarterback.

“They’ll be cheering for me, but they still want their guys to win,” Griffin said. “I guess I can accept that.”

Last season, Griffin guided Baylor to a 66-42 victory over Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium. The stakes, however, will be much higher two days from now when Griffin makes his national television debut in a game the Redskins can't afford to lose.

“It’s about playing on a big stage and playing at a high level,” he said. “Everyone on this team is ready to do that.”

 

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NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

On the field, Fabian Moreau makes plays from his cornerback slot that translate to the NFL game. Staying on the field has been a different matter though. 

In five seasons at UCLA, Moreau dealt with his fair share of adversity. He took a medical redshirt year in 2015, suffering a Lisfranc injury three games into the year. More devestating to his draft status, however, was an injury suffered during his Pro Day in late March. Moreau tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

For many, that injury caused his slip from a possible fringe first rounder to Washington's prize with the 81st pick. It's possible Moreau will be back from injury by the time training camp opens, but it seems likely he begins the summer sessions in Richmond on the PUP list. 

At the combine, Moreau ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. Serious speed, and it instantly makes the 6-foot, 206 lbs., Moreau the fastest corner on the Redskins.

In his senior season, Moreau grabbed two interceptions, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Not scared to get physical and play press coverage, Moreau's mindset should mesh well with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland as he looks to force his way to playing time. 

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Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.

Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.

Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.

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