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Need to Know: RG3 chooses to remain positive


Need to Know: RG3 chooses to remain positive

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 31, three days before the Washington Redskins host the San Diego Chargers.

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Five notes and quotes from Redskins Park:

1. Wide receiver Josh Morgan played just 19 of the Redskins’ 71 offensive snaps against the Broncos. He’s a bit mystified as to why his role has been reduced so drastically this year. “Nobody's happy when they get a reduced role. Whatever they ask you to do you just do,” he said. “I am healthy. I'm definitely healthier, I feel good, my body feels good. I don't ask no questions I just go out there and try to win games.”

2. Linebacker Rob Jackson may find himself covering Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who is having one of the best seasons of his 11-year career. If there are any great secrets to doing so, Jackson wasn’t talking about them. “I don't think you can stop him, you just have to kind of limit him,” said Jackson. “No touchdowns, obviously. If he does make the catch battle to the ball, get him down, tackle him, no yards after the catch, things like that.”

3. We noted here yesterday that the Chargers have twice won 1:00 games in the Eastern time zone this year. On a conference call with reporters, San Diego coach Mike McCoy said that they start their days early on a regular basis. “I firmly believe and have sold the team that this is one of 16 games and . . . it doesn’t matter what time we play. It’s an opportunity,” the first-year coach said. “We start early in morning. We have 7:20 meetings every day, so we’ve done a nice job at this point in time on the road.”

4. Mike Shanahan was asked how he keeps players “happy” if they don’t think they’re getting the ball enough. His old-school answer was predictable. “You’re not trying to keep everybody happy, you’re trying to get people to perform,” he said. It’s not my job to keep them happy, but you talk about the things they do poorly.”

5. How does Robert Griffin III cope with being the struggling quarterback of a 2-5 team? Accentuate the positive. “It’s very trying. It’s a test and you’re going to get put through tests in your life and you’ve got to decide how you’re going to react to them,” said Griffin. “You can react in a negative way or a positive way. I choose to be positive. I don’t go out there and scream at guys. We talked about this before, but my way of leading, you have to be positive.”

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Stat of the day

—After Sunday, the Redskins will have played eight games and they will have faced five of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL in terms of passer rating—Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, and Matthew Stafford


—Days until: Chargers @ Redskins 3; Redskins @ Vikings 7; Redskins @ Eagles 17

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:15; Jim Haslett news conference 12:00; Practice 1:00; Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan news conferences after practice (approx. 3:00; all news conferences streamed live on

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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.