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Need to Know: Will Redskins' Griffin be better than ordinary in 2015?

Need to Know: Will Redskins' Griffin be better than ordinary in 2015?

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 6, seven days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns in Cleveland.

If you need to catch up on what's happening in Richmond, scroll to the bottom for a list of our posts from the last 24 hours. 

Better than ordinary?

After almost flying under the radar for the first several days of training camp, Robert Griffin III is popping back into the headlines at Redskins training camp. Now might be a good time to pull out the mythical $100 in casino chips and put them down in three possible levels of success for Griffin in 2015.

No. 31, $30—This would be the level where the analyst had him a few weeks ago, the second worst starting QB in the league. Although I think that he will be better than that, a scenario where he didn’t improve from last year is in play. I would lean toward saying that a train wreck season would be due more to injury than anything.

Ordinary, $60—This is from Griffin telling Peter King of MMQB, "They are asking me to be basic and take the plays that are there . . . If they are asking me to do the ordinary, that's what I am going to have to do." If he can avoid getting sacks and be more decisive (two related concepts, actually) he could improve a great deal from last year.

I put a good chunk of mythical money here because he has done ordinary before. In 2013, most of his key stats such as completion percentage, interception percentage, and years per attempt, were right around the league average. I think the chances of him returning there in 2015 are pretty good.

2012, $10—This, of course, is a return to the form that made him the NFL offensive rookie of the year just three seasons ago. I’m not going to say that he can never get there or at least something close to it. I don’t think that he’ll ever be the same kind quarterback in that he won’t approach the 815 yards rushing he had in 2012. But he can be a better passer than he was that year to compensate for it.

But first he will have to spend at least a year or two in the “ordinary” phase before he breaks out. If he ever does.


Today’s schedule: Joint practice with Texans, 8:35; Walkthrough (Redskins only)

—It’s been 221 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 38 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 7; final cuts 30; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 49

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 19, 38 days before the NFL draft.  

Free agency notes and nuggets

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Alex Smith
Backups: Colt McCoy

The only question here is if the Redskins will draft a late-round project quarterback to develop as the backup. McCoy is in the last year of his contract and he may not be back in 2019.

Running back: Samaje Perine
Backups: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, draft pick

This is an area to watch. Thompson could end up being the only carryover if they get a draft pick who can start and decide to keep 2017 late-season addition Kapri Bibbs or if they find another veteran. They also could go with only three running backs.

Wide receivers: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder
Backups: Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Brian Quick

They may not carry six, so Harris, Davis, and Quick might battle it out for two spots. It’s possible that they will put a draft pick into the mix as well.

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

As of right now, this appears to be one of the few position groups you can write in with a Sharpie. If the Redskins are going to be better in 2018, a lot of the improvement will have to come from improvement of 2017 draft picks like Sprinkle. If he can develop into a solid blocker and a moderate receiving threat he will be an asset.

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Arie Kouandjio, C Chase Roullier RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: T Ty Nsekhe, G/T Tyler Catalina, G Kyle Kalis, T T.J. Clemmings

Kouandjio is a placeholder at left guard for the moment. He was solid pass blocking but struggled in run blocking in six starts in injury fill-in duty. I think that if they bring in another interior O-lineman in free agency or in the draft, Roullier will remain at center. I think Jay Gruden likes the way he is developing there and wants to continue.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks.