The signature of the great quarterback is the last-minute comeback win and Robert Griffin III notched his first such NFL victory on Sunday against the Bucs.Most have heard about the headset communications going out during the drive and Griffin having to call plays. Actually, he called one play on his own, the second one of the seven-play, 56-yard drive. During his Wednesday press conference he took us through the start of the drive.He called the second play based on what happened on the first one. Youve got to realize that once you move the ball to a certain point on the field what defenses are going to try to do, he said. They came out and they played a soft coverage the first play and we gashed them for 15 yards with Tana WR Santana Moss.Griffin figured that the Bucs would react to that. And then after that, most of the time when you get gashed in a two-minute situation teams are going to blitz you, he said. They blitzed so I called a quick passing play that gave me a couple of options to the field and I hit Fred, who was wide open because they forgot about him.That play covered 25 yards. After Griffin ran for 15, they were in position for Cundiffs game winner.Beyond the simple fact that the team got a much-needed win, Griffin said that getting his first two-minute comeback win is something hell always remember.Its the first comeback victory in the NFL. Thats huge for any quarterback, he said. You celebrate it for a day and then you dont forget about it, you just move on to the next game. But its definitely a big moment for me.He didnt mind being put in a comeback situation. Rex Grossman was talking to me on the sideline saying I should want the kicker to make the field goal so that I can go lead the team to victory and thats what we did, said Griffin.The Redskins and their fans hope that it was the first of many such wins for Griffin.
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.
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.
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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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.
The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.
—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.
Tandler on Twitter
Derek Carr confirms he wanted to make sure his deal was structured so the Raiders had flexibility to lock up other core players.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 23, 2017
Sounds nice but $25 million/year is still $25 million/year. Raiders cap will get squeezed on front end or back end. https://t.co/anIvRCU17E— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) June 23, 2017
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