In the locker room at Redskins Park, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin IIIs stall has been strategically placed next London Fletchers.Fletcher said he did not request the arrangement, but its rather obvious that the coaching staff wanted the franchises next leader to learn the ropes from the teams current one.The thing about him is he already has great leadership quality, Fletcher said. Hes already emerged as one of the leaders on the football team, and not because of the position he plays. His aura, his personality, is one of his great leadership qualities.Just some of the things he does that rookies dont generally do, the emotional linebacker continued, like getting the guys together in Waco.Fletcher said he doesnt consider himself Griffins mentor, but he also seemed to grasp that its his responsibility to help cultivate those qualities in the young signal caller.Being around this game for a number of years now, you can tell when you meet guys who have it, Fletcher said. Just the way he carries himself, no sense of entitlement, he just wants to work hard.Interestingly, Fletcher was the second Redskins veteran on Thursday to point out that Griffin possesses the intangibles all leaders seem to have.Theres no faade, Chris Cooley said. He just has it. Its there already.Fletcher said he doesnt initiate conversations about leadership with Griffin.Their chats just kind of happen.Its just natural conversation, Fletcher said. You dont talk about leadership. You just have your natural conversations, and definitely in that conversation, you can see where a guy understands what it takes to get to the next level, on and off the field.Asked if their conversations focus on football or life, Fletcher said its a little of both.As much as Fletcher gushed about Griffins personality and rare talent, the 37-year-old said he has not intentions of calling the 22-year-old quarterback by his Hollywood-like nickname.I call him Robert, Fletcher said with a smile. Im not calling him RG3. Hes just Robert, Rob. Some guys call him RG3, but hes just who he is.
Here are three things you need to know about Nick Rose, who was signed on Tuesday to replace Dustin Hopkins.
1) His next NFL kick will be his first one
Rose has spent offseason time with the Falcons and 49ers since entering the league in 2016 after his collegiate career at Texas. However, he has never attempted a regular season field goal or PAT, so the first time he does so with the Redskins will be the first time ever for him as a pro.
The 23-year-old certainly has potential: He was one of the nation's top touchback producers in 2014 and 2015 for the Longhorns, so distance on kickoffs and field goals shouldn't be an issue (this video of him nailing one from 80, yes, 80, backs that up). What remains to be seen is whether he can split the uprights for Washington.
For what it's worth, Hopkins was totally inexperienced in the NFL when he first signed with the Burgundy and Gold, too.
2) He can make kicks in unconventional ways
While this doesn't come across as something Jay Gruden would ever want Rose to try in, say, this Monday's game in Philly, Rose can sink chip shots while simultaneously completing a backflip.
Ever seen Adam Vinatieri do that? Nope, didn't think so.
3) He beat out at least three other candidates for the job
With Hopkins likely done for the year with a hip issue, the Redskins worked out a handful of replacement options on Tuesday.
It was Rose, though, who emerged with a contract. He earned it over at least three other guys, including veterans Mike Nugent and Andrew Franks. Now he must bring that strong leg, as well as some accuracy, when called upon to ensure the 'Skins don't miss out on any points on a weekly basis.
Making kicks in the middle of backflips is fun, sure. But making them in front of national TV audiences instead of a YouTube audience is probably more fun. Let's see if Rose has what it takes to stick around.
Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely not play again this year, a source with knowledge of the situation tells our JP Finlay.
The team placed Hopkins on the injured reserve list, which means he's out at least eight weeks. To replace him, the Redskins signed Nick Rose, per NFL Network.
In his third season with Washington, Hopkins had made nearly 82 percent of his field goals this year. He made 12 of 13 extra points, but missed a very important extra point in Sunday's win over the 49ers.
Hopkins had a very strong leg, capable of touchbacks on kickoffs nearly every time the situation called for it.
Rose is yet to play in the NFL but spent time with the 49ers. He kicked collegiately at the University of Texas.
As a senior in Austin last year, Rose made 13 of 17 field goals and 38 of 39 extra points.