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RG3 flattered by MVP talk

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RG3 flattered by MVP talk

In recent days, Robert Griffin III’s name has been thrown into the MVP conversation by Jimmy Johnson, ESPN.com and other media outlets.

Griffin acknowledged after Wednesday's practice that he’s flattered by the chatter. But the rookie quickly added that he won’t get caught up in the hype – even after passing for four touchdowns in back-to-back victories and propelling the Redskins back into the playoff picture. 

“To be mentioned with the words MVP next to you is definitely an honor,” Griffin said at Redskins Park. “But it’s not something that you strive for.” 

Griffin insisted that he's focused on beating the Giants on Monday night and extending the Redskins’ post bye week run. How much longer the run lasts figures to have a direct impact on how much longer Griffin remains in the MVP conversation.

Either way, though, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t sound concerned about individual accolades. 

“You don’t play for awards, or at least I know I don’t play for awards,” Griffin said. “I play for the guys in that locker room.” 

Some other highlights from Griffin’s weekly media availability, which, as usual, left the quarterback – and the reporters interviewing him – thoroughly entertained: 

--On the first meeting with the Giants: “It’s a game we felt we should have won, and we didn’t win it. But I won’t say it’s a revenge game or anything.” 

--On Pierre Garçon’s impact since returning: “As you all saw on Thanksgiving, when he spun that ball [after a catch]. He was staring at it. No one knew what world he was in. He was in his own world. That’s how he is. He was in a zone.”

--On Trent Williams’ deep thigh bruise: “If he needs me in the training room with him, I’ll rub on his leg, whatever he needs me to do. He completes that offensive line.” 

--On the increased sense of urgency: “Call it what you want: a playoff game, an elimination game. Doesn’t matter to us. We just know we have to go out and win.” 

--On back-to-back four touchdown performances: “It will be mindboggling after the season. I can’t sit back and rest on those things right now.”

--On fellow rookie Alfred Morris: “It’s good to see that he’s not slowing down after all the carries throughout the year, especially when they talk about the rookie wall. He hasn’t hit that.”

--On the game-clinching drive at Cowboys Stadium: “It was gut-check time, and we definitely checked their gut. ... [Laughter] I’m good for one every time."

--On being politically correct in DC: “I definitely pay attention to politics, but I don’t get involved in politics. Because there are a few things you don’t talk about: race, religion and politics. And I stick to that. ...My political correct answer is, ‘No comment’ a lot of the time.”

When the session ended, Griffin turned to the assembled reporters and cameras and cracked, "Good job. That was fun."

Indeed, it was.

 

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Redskins trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley

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Redskins trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley

The Redskins bolstered their offensive line depth late Wednesday, announcing a trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley. 

In return, Washington sent corner back Dashaun Phillips to Pittsburgh. 

The move comes just a few days after the team's starting center, Spencer Long, had his knee scoped. Long will miss a few weeks because of the procedure, so Crowley gives Jay Gruden another option in the middle of his O-line.

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Crowley, a rookie, played his college ball at the University of North Carolina, and signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent. He caught on with the Steelers earlier in the month. 

Phillips played at Tarleton State and also went undrafted. He had been a Redskin for two seasons.

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Lane Johnson declares Eagles are 'going to go down to D.C. and whup some a—' vs. Redskins

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Lane Johnson declares Eagles are 'going to go down to D.C. and whup some a—' vs. Redskins

Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has a lot to say.

The 6-6, 310-pound Texas native was suspended ten games last season for failing a drug test, and with the 2017 season approaching, he has a lot to get off his chest.

Johnson penned an article on The Players' Tribune Wednesday, and had a lot to say regarding his anger toward the NFL and playing in Philadelphia. Being suspended for ten games "lit a fire under my a—," he says, and there may be more perfect place for a person like that than in Philadelphia. Philadelphia sports fans are angry. That's not an insult. If anything, it's a term of endearment. Philly fans like being ticked off and they like it when their players are too.

Needless to say, Johnson is ticked off.

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You really should read the article, and if you do, you will get to this nice nugget about the Redskins, who play the Eagles in Week 1. 

Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some a— against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people.

As of publishing, the Redskins are 2.5-point betting favorites, which essentially means it's a push on a neutral field. An Eagles' win — even a blowout one — won't surprise people. But Johnson is angry, and it's pretty fun to experience.

He ends his piece with this power stroke. 

So Philly, here’s what we’re gonna need from you: Fly with us and just be you.  

Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans.

We’ll take care of the rest.

At least we can agree on hating the Cowboys.