In his second NFL game, Robert Griffin III was knocked around, sacked, chased, and generally harassed by the St. Louis Rams. He also made plays with his arm, his feet, and his head and was the primary reason the Redskins were able to hold on before losing 31-28 in the last minutes of play.Griffin completed 20 of 29 passes for 206 yards and one touchdown. He also threw the first interception of his two-game NFL career.As noted, Griffin got it done running as well with 11 attempts for 82 yards and two touchdowns.Griffin was not impressed with his performance. Youre judged on wins and losses, he said. We lost the game so I didnt play well enough.Still, he did some things well. He scored the Redskins first offensive touchdown (they scored early in the game on a 30-yard Josh Wilson fumble return) on a five-yard scamper around left end.It was Griffins right arm that got it done on their next possession. After faking an end around and then a handoff, he launched one to a wide-open Leonard Hankerson. The second-year wide receiver gathered in the bomb and went in to complete the 68-yard scoring play.His big mistake came as halftime approached. With 52 seconds left until halftime, he threw under pressure and cornerback Courtland Finnegan picked it off at the Redskins 45. The turnover set up a field goal that cut the Redskins lead to 21-16 at halftime.The pick wasnt the only play where Griffin was pressured. Although he was sacked just once he was hit a number of times, some of them perhaps later than allowed by the rules. Griffin did say after the game that he got hit late a few times but declined to comment further.After the Rams scored in the third quarter to take a 23-21 lead, Griffin pulled a classic fantasy football touchdown vulture move. After running back Alfred Morris got the Redskins into the red zone with runs of 29 and 14 yards, Griffin saw a hole open up in the middle of the Rams defense and he scampered through it on a quarterback draw. His seven-yard TD run put the Redskins up 28-23.That run came with about five and a half minutes left in the third quarter and would be Washingtons last points. On their last five possessions the Redskins did not come close to the red zone and their only realistic chance of scoring lasted only for a few seconds. That was because Josh Morgan lost his cool and drew a 15-yard penalty after a Griffin pass to him got the Redskins down to the St. Louis 29 with a chance to tie the game with a field goal. The penalty resulted in Billy Cundiff having to try a 62-yarder to tie it up and he was well short and wide.
The Redskins got one of the biggest steals of the first round of the NFL draft when Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen fell to them at pick No. 17 of the first round.
Allen was coveted by the Redskins for several reasons. The defensive line is their biggest area of need. They lost Chris Baker in free agency and although they signed free agents Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain they still were in need of both youth and a bell cow on the line.
Allen provides both. He is an asset rushing the passer (10.5 sacks last year) and against the run (16 tackles for a loss). He surprised many by staying with the Crimson Tide for his senior year and he benefitted by being able to refine his technique and hone up on his fundamentals. The Ashburn native is strong and athletic and uses his hands well.
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He becomes the first defensive player taken in the first round by the Redskins since they drafted outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan in 2011. They have not drafted a defensive lineman in the first since they took Kennard Lang back in 1997.
Allen slid in the draft over concerns over his shoulders, both of which have been surgically repaired. On a conference call he told reporters that he was cleared by all of the teams that examined him, but there must have been some lingering uneasiness. Otherwise such a talented player would not have fallen at least a dozen picks below where the consensus said he should have gone.
Allen will have a short drive from his home to rookie camp in two weeks. He went to Stone Bridge High in Ashburn, about 10 minutes from Redskins Park.
After the Redskins selected Jonathan Allen with the 17th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, fans on Twitter and analysts on TV both praised Washington for the move.
Current Redskins were very much in support of their team adding the Alabama defensive lineman as well.
Check out some of the reactions from members of the Burgundy and Gold as they welcomed their newest teammate:
Another BIG SILVERBACK! 🦍 @jonallen93 congrats BigFella👊🏽 cya on Monday. Consuming&Building Nothing But— *Joshua R. Norman (@J_No24) April 28, 2017
#53🐺'z on this Squad!! HTTR🏹
Welcome back home @jonallen93! HTTR!— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) April 28, 2017
It starts in the trenches!!! #HTTR— Will Compton (@_willcompton) April 28, 2017
Johnathan Allen!!! HTTR— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) April 28, 2017
From watching @jonallen93 play with my nephew at Stonebridge HS to sharing a locker room with him. Time flies. Congrats bro lets get to it— Trent Williams (@TrentW71) April 28, 2017
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