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How much will Redskins' Griffin play vs. the Lions?


How much will Redskins' Griffin play vs. the Lions?

RICHMOND—Robert Griffin III attempted eight passes in the Redskins’ 2015 preseason opener. That is more than the four he attempted in last year’s first preseason game against the Patriots. And it was pretty typical workload for starting quarterbacks around the league during the first two full nights of preseason action this week.

There were nine games on Thursday and Friday and 15 expected Week 1 starters at quarterback played (Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Tony Romo were healthy scratches). Aaron Rodgers attempted 19 passes but he was very much an outlier. Other than Rodgers, only Cam Newton (10) and Derek Carr (9) threw more passes than Griffin did.

Some have said that Griffin should get more throws than other quarterbacks because he has more to learn and more at stake going into a make or break year. When Jay Gruden was asked why Griffin didn’t play more on Thursday he said that Niles Paul’s season-ending ankle injury that he suffered during the Redskins’ second possession had something to do with it.

“I think the Niles Paul injury kind of just knocked the wind out of everybody,” Gruden said on Saturday. We just wanted to get the ones out of there and then see what the young guys were going to do. We have some youth on this football team and some free agents we wanted to get in there and see what they can do, and the same will be the case next week.”

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One obstacle to Griffin playing more is that, like most coaches, Gruden prefers that the rest of the starters play with his No. 1 QB. Issues such as Trent Williams’ knee injury, which is not serious but he is hurting enough to where they want to limit his play, can affect how many snaps Griffin gets.

In the second preseason game last year, at FedEx Field against the Browns, Griffin attempted eight passes in 28 snaps. He was in for three series. The first was a short one as Griffin lost a fumble on the Redskins’ third offensive play. A Griffin interception ended the second series after nine plays. The third series was the best, spanning 77 yards in 13 plays, but the Redskins also came up empty after the line couldn’t get Alfred Morris into the end zone in four tries after a first and goal at the three.

It’s possible that Gruden had intended to play Griffin just two series during that game but didn’t want to take him out with the fumble and interception leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Griffin stayed in and led a good drive, albeit one that came up empty.

Gruden would not commit to how much Griffin and the first-team offense will play against the Lions on Thursday.

“Next week could be the same – first quarter, could be a little bit in the second quarter,” he said. “We’ll see where we are health-wise come Thursday.”

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 17, 40 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Redskins and NFL free agency tracker—I started this a week ago today and it grew to 3,500 words. The problem was there wasn’t much to add by the time that free agency actually started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The legal tampering period or, as I dubbed it to avoid an oxymoron being used, the “permitted tampering-like activities period” was when all of the news happened. By the time actual free agency opened on Wednesday afternoon it pretty much was all over. Thanks to those of you who followed along.

Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source—Since Kirk Cousins’ departure was a foregone conclusion, Brown was the Redskins’ most important free agent. His retention provides continuity in the defense and that will benefit both the team and Brown. His contract (preliminary numbers three years, $24 million) showed that the Redskins are willing to invest some money in the inside linebacker spot for the first time since Joe Gibbs brought in London Fletcher to play middle linebacker in 2007.

Report: Kirk Cousins to sign epic new deal with Vikings—We heard you, folks. The collective voice of the fans who visit NBC Sports Washington on a regular basis let us know that you were not interested in a lot of posts about the Cousins saga that was unfolding in Minnesota. So this was one of very few articles on Cousins that we posted even though Cousins posts have been popular, but with the vast majority of traffic coming from out of town. So, you’re welcome. It should be noted that we will write about Cousins in the future but infrequently.

Redskins officially announce 5-year deal with WR Richardson—He was the opening act for the Alex Smith press conference, and he handled himself very well. If Richardson is even moderately successful I think he will be a major fan favorite.  

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Here is what fans need to know—a team can afford to do virtually anything it wants in free agency in a given year. If they wanted to the Redskins could restructure deals and sign all of their free agents to contracts that have very small first-year cap hits, creating room to sign the Honey Badger or Suh. The problems come in later years when the cap space you pushed back starts to pile up. The Redskins generally do squeeze free agent contracts into relatively small cap spaces. For example, Richardson’s deal average $8 million per year but the 2018 cap hit is just $4 million. But they don’t like to restructure deals to push money back into later years. That created problems during the Vinny Cerrato years.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 30
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 132
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 176

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.