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DeSean Jackson discusses Robert Griffin III's 'unfortunate situation'


DeSean Jackson discusses Robert Griffin III's 'unfortunate situation'

Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson called Robert Griffin III’s benching “an unfortunate situation” for the quarterback, but he also expressed relief that the coaching staff had finally settled on a starter.

“It’s an unfortunate situation to be in, obviously,” Jackson said Tuesday at Redskins Park. “I have a good relationship with [Griffin]. He’s a good guy. He does all the right things. It’s unfortunate he has to be in a situation like that.”

Griffin, of course, was shown to the bench for the third time in three seasons Monday by Coach Jay Gruden, who tapped Kirk Cousins to be the team’s starter.

Just 16 months ago, though, Griffin was among the Redskins players leading the team’s pursuit of Jackson, then a free agent after being let go by the Eagles.

“This is the game we’re in,” Jackson said. “This is the league we’re in. It’s the NFL, and nothing is for certain. I had to learn that for myself a couple of years ago, going through my situation.”

Jackson added: “The best advice I could tell [Griffin] is to keep his head high. And when an opportunity presents itself, and he has another opportunity to play again—wherever it’s going to be in this league—I think he’ll do what he needs to do to get it done.”

Jackson did, however, acknowledge that it was important for Gruden to settle on a starter well in advance of the regular season opener.

“As far as the offense,” Jackson said, “it means a lot to [for us to know] who is going to be the starter. So we can kinda prepare and do the things we need to do get ourselves, our body of work ready before the first game of the season. So I think it’s good, to know for certain, who’s going to be that guy.”

Jackson, who suffered a sprained shoulder in training camp, won’t play in the preseason finale against Jaguars on Thursday night. But he said he’ll be 100-percent for the regular season opener against the Dolphins.

“I’m good, I’m ready to go,” Jackson said. “If today was September 13th, I’d be ready to go.”

Gruden said he likes what he’s seen from Jackson in practice this week, but added that the 28-year-old still needs to work his way back into “football shape.”

“He was out there the last two days running full-go,” Gruden said. “He’s in good shape, but football shape is a little but different than running on a treadmill or an elliptical.”  

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.