Injury is a persistent worry for dual-threat quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, who figures to venture outside of the pocket more than a conventional drop back passer.On Wednesday, though, the prized Redskins rookie allayed some of those concerns when answering a question about avoiding big hits while carrying the ball.Ive told people this from the get-go: If I need to slide or run out of bounds, Im going to slide or run out of bounds, said Griffin, whose 6 foot 2, 217-pound frame is lean and wiry. But if its fourth and one with sixth seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, I dont care who that linebacker. You better believe Im going to try to get in that end zone. So it just depends on the situation.As a sophomore at Baylor in 2009, he suffered a season-ending knee injury when he was crunched for a loss on a fourth-and-two option play against Northwestern State. The injury occurred on the final play of the opening series of the game. If its in the first quarter, Im going to slide and run out of bounds with the best of them, Griffin said Wednesday. But if the games on the line, dont expect me to try and slide or get out of the way.Griffin also said when he chooses to slide or run out of bounds, it will be out of respect for teammates and fans.I dont look at sliding or running out of bounds as a shot to my pride, he added. Ive done it before. Its the NFL. Guys are bigger, faster stronger and they hit a little harder, so I respect that. Ill also respect my teammates by making sure I stay healthy and make sure the fans stay healthy as well.
Here's an updated look at second-round pick Ryan Anderson's stats since the Redskins drafted him back in late April: zero career NFL tackles, one career baby named partly after him.
On Tuesday, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt honored Anderson and fellow ex-Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster by combining their last names and making that combination his newborn son's middle name.
Everyone please say hello to Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt:
The Newest Tide Fan: Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt pic.twitter.com/64HpNUdSgQ— Jeremy Pruitt (@CoachJPruitt) May 23, 2017
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The gesture was not lost on Anderson, who said on Instagram that the "little guy will always hold a special place" in his heart:
One gets the sense that Anderson, who comes across as a very intense man and one whose breakfast probably consists of a bowl of motor oil, doesn't use heart emojis very often. Therefore, since he used some in his Instagram caption, you know Pruitt's decision meant a lot to him.
Jordan Reed was reportedly absent from the Redskins' voluntary OTA practice on Tuesday, but a picture on Twitter shows the stud tight end didn't skip the session just so he could lounge around on the couch.
Chad Johnson, expert on all things such as repeatedly hauling in footballs and transforming the end zone into the 18th green at Augusta National, posted this photo of him, Reed and one other fellow, presumably following a workout:
For those who want to freak out that Washington's top offensive threat didn't show up in Ashburn for his team's OTAs, it's important to remember that 1) it was not required and 2) judging by that snapshot, Reed has had no trouble staying in football shape on his own or finding people to hone his craft with.
By the way, peep that hashtag from Johnson. When a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro uses the word legendary to refer to someone else, that someone else should feel pretty good about himself.