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RG3 plays it cool before his debut

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RG3 plays it cool before his debut

Before making his first career start Sunday in New Orleans, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said hell go through his typical routine, his headphones playing the usual soothing tunes.

Its in my music selection at the beginning of the game, Griffin said, when asked how he maintains the calm demeanor his veteran teammates praised him for during the preseason. I try to stay cool and calm and collected. I throw a little Michael Jackson in there to spice it up. Other than that, clear your mind and not think about too much.

It would be easy for a 22-year-old rookie to get whipped into a frenzy by the moment and the manic crowd at Superdome. But nothing thats transpired this preseason would suggest Griffin will struggle to control his nerves.

On Wednesday, he explained why that is.

Calm and cool hasnt always been Griffins method of operation on game days. From high school through the early part of his sophomore season at Baylor, Griffin skewed the other way during his pregame preparation.

I tried to get a little to, as they say in college, crunk, Griffin said. I just didnt play well for about three games as a sophomore at Baylor doing that getting crunk stuff. Its not who I am.

So I just try to stay cool calm and collected and dont worry about what other guys do, he continued. Everyone has a different way of getting ready and that just happens to be my way.

In addition to his low-key warm up, Griffin said theres another reason he rarely panics in big moments: his exhaustive preparation.

You try to prepare for every detail, he said. Worry is a bad word. You try not to worry about things. You just prepare for them. Coach told me make sure my mind is clear. Dont try to make the game harder than it really is.

Griffin did acknowledge that his blood pressure will rise at various points during Sundays game. But he also said he knows its up to him to suppress those emotions on the sideline and especially in the huddle, where 10 other players will be looking to him to set the tone.

Everybody gets nervous. Everyone gets antsy, anxious, he said. Any word you want to put on that. But you want to stay calm. I have to stay calm. I cant go in there and stumble over my words. Try to make sure I keep an even keel.

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Another tall WR? 3 things to know about Redskins 6th rounder Robert Davis

Another tall WR? 3 things to know about Redskins 6th rounder Robert Davis

This offseason the Redskins made a clear effort to get bigger at wide receiver. The team lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon in free agency. While both players were 1,000 yard wideouts, neither was particularly big.

Since their departure, Washington has signed 6-foot-5 Terrelle Pryor and 6-foot-4 Brian Quick. And now in the sixth round, Bruce Allen tabbed Georgia State WR Robert Davis. He follows that trend. 

Here are three things to know:

  1. Size - Davis goes 6-foot-3 and weighs 220 lbs. He's a big guy that still has speen, with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.
  2. Measurables - He had a good combine, putting his name on the radar on a number of teams. His broad jump of 136 inches was the best of all receivers in Indianapolis, and his vertical jump of 41 inches ranked second among all WRs. And he bench pressed 225 lbs. 19 times, good for 2nd in the receiver group as well.
  3. Pedigree - Robert Davis' cousin? That would be Thomas Davis, linebacker for the Bucs. 

Paint the picture of Robert Davis? He's a guy with great athleticism, size and measurables. With the right system and the right coaching, he could possibly develop into an asset for the Redskins. And in the end of the 6th round, tough to ask for much more than that.

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Redskins draft Georgia State WR Robert Davis in sixth round

Redskins draft Georgia State WR Robert Davis in sixth round

The Redskins went to a small-school wide receiver for their second sixth-round pick in the draft.

Robert Davis of Georgia State fits right in with the new type of receiver the Redskins have been acquiring this year. At 6-3, 219 he is a big target to go with the likes of Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick, two receivers signed by the team as free agents this year.

Davis told reporters that he played in a run-oriented offense in high school and he caught just eight passes his entire time there. Because of that he didn’t draw attention from the big schools and he went to Georgia State. There he proved he could catch passes, ending up as the Panthers’ all-time leading receiver.

Davis has the large catch radius you would expect from a receiver his size and he can hold on to the ball after taking a hit. He will need a lot of work on polishing his routes, not an unusual issue for many pass catchers coming out of college.

Davis will compete with Ryan Grant and Maurice Harris for roster spots as backup wide receivers.

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