"We tried to keep it a secret as long as we could."As predicted, Washington drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. A sly grin crept over the stoic Mike Shanahan's face as he stepped to the podium at Redskins Park to address the media."We had a great feeling that Robert was the guy we we're going to get," the Redskins head coach said. "Just to be around the guy, how he handles himself, how he works you know, you see what a class act he is, the type of charisma he has. "I just think he's going to bring a whole lot, you know, to this organization. You're always looking for that franchise guy. ... He's got everything you look for in a quarterback."Not just any quarterback. Burgundy and gold faithful would argue they haven't seen the mystical creature known as the franchise QB since the days of Joe Theismann.
While Shanahan discussed Griffin's character in depth, he stressed his due diligence studying tape in order to know the "player before he met the person." Once he met both sides of RG3, he was convinced the Redskins had "their guy."Shanahan, however, said he must groom the rookie. "It's up to me to give him the right supporting cast, the right system, so he feels comfortable."
As for the Heisman winner, he appears to be already be comfortable in Washington. In a phone interview, Griffin sang the first few verses of "Hail to the Redskins" to describe how he felt about his new team.
Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.
Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile.
While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football.
Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.
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On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.
Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.
"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."
The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs.
"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."
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