Its expected that Robert Griffin III will make plays with his arm and his legs. But its also possible his mere presence in the pocket will benefit the Redskins, the teams running backs in particular, according to an article in Pro Football Weekly.After averaging 100.9 yards per game (25th in the league) and 4.9 yards per carry (22nd) in 2011, writer Eric Edholm predicts those numbers will be improved this season, in part, due to the presence of Griffin and the threat of him opening things up for the backs.Edholm writes:A former Broncos assistant who spent time on Redskins head coachMike Shanahans staff in Denver (and who requested anonymity because his current team plays the Redskins this season) told PFW this week that Griffin and his unique set of skills will change the dynamic of the Redskins run game.I am still trying to figure out if the kid (Griffin) is a special quarterback, but you watch, theyll bootleg and play action off that (outside) zone series and it will mess up some (defensive assignments), the assistant said. You have to respect the run, but you also have to honor (Griffins) athleticism.Edholm adds that Griffins ability to connect on deep passes will prevent safeties from edging up closer to the line of scrimmage.It will kill teams," the coach said. "Pretty soon you start thinking only about the quarterback; you tell your guys to stay home more, and thats when the backs will dice you up.The article concludes that Griffins arrival is good news forTim Hightower, Roy Helu and Evan Royster who might have just gotten a little better with a different quarterback on the field.
What's the cutest thing you've ever seen in your whole, entire life? Whatever that thing is, be prepared for it to slide down to the second spot, because what you're about to see is absolutely going to move up to No. 1 (and then stay there forever).
Two weeks ago, Kirk Cousins and his wife, Julie, announced that they were expecting. That announcement, which was posted on Julie's Instagram, was really adorable in its own right — Mrs. Cousins shared a photo of the couple's dog, Bentley, who was wearing a sign that read, "Mom & Dad are getting me a human!"
On Friday, though, Kirk put up a video on his Instagram that revealed their future child's gender. What else did that video do, you ask? Well, it only made every future gender reveal irrelevant, since none will ever top what the Cousinses did.
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OMG. O. M. G. OMG.
The regular season may be months away, but with that toss, Kirk Cousins is already 1-for-1 (yes, the pass was low, but a completion is a completion) with a perfect quarterback rating.
As he proudly demonstrated in a 27-20 win against the Eagles last October, Vernon Davis has a silky jumpshot. Unfortunately, in today's NFL, celebrating by shooting a football like Davis did in the end zone that fall Sunday is prohibited.
The tight end, who was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and eventually fined more than $12,000 for the move, didn't really get the point of the rule then, and he still doesn't understand it now. And as he told Kalyn Kahler of MMQB, he think it's time for the league to back off their strict stance on celebrations.
"I would just tell guys that when it comes to celebrations, anything is allowed, as long as it isn’t inappropriate," Davis said when asked how he'd change the celebration rules. "Anything that we know is wrong, we shouldn’t do. I think that is the key."
In Davis' case, he was penalized because of an odd technicality. The NFL doesn't want players using the ball as a prop — which No. 85 did on his jumper — but yet, they allow guys to spike and spin the ball without retribution. That gray area doesn't sit well with him.
"It doesn’t make sense to me at all," he said. "It should be really simple, we should know that we can’t use the ball as a prop for anything. So for them to allow spiking and not allow shooting, I just can’t fathom that."
The 33-year-old hopes that change is near, and he may get it, too, as the competition committee will reevaluate what is and isn't allowed at the upcoming league meetings. But if he and everyone else clamoring for less restrictions are rebuffed, Davis does have a workaround so that when he scores next, he won't get in trouble.
"I shoot the shot, but without the ball," Davis said. "That’s my go-to now. As long as I don’t have the ball, I’m safe."
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