Robert Griffin III made his debut as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. After a slow start he made the legion of fans back at home happy with a nice scoring drive capped off by a touchdown pass to Pierre Garon.Griffin led the Redskins on three drives. The first two were nothing to write home about as the Redskins went three and out and then lost a fumble on the third play of the next drive. The fumble occurred when Griffin handed off to Evan Royster on a third and short play. The Bills recovered and scored on a 43-yard field goal by Rian Lindell. In the first two drives combined he was one for three with his first completion wearing a Redskins uniform going to Leonard Hankerson for 12 yards.The Redskins took the ensuing kickoff at the 20 and everyone got to see the RG3 that they hoped to see after the team gave up a ton of draft picks to move up in the draft to take him. After an incompletion, Griffin and Garon developed quite a rapport. Twice in a row, Griffin fired the ball own the middle to the teams other big offseason acquisition. The first one picked up 18 yards, the second one gained 20.Evan Royster then had a few nice runs and the Redskins faced third and three from the Buffalo 20. Griffin zipped a bubble screen out to Garon a couple of yards behind the line. The blocking was set up perfectly and Garon dove into the end zone head over heels.Griffin finished the night with four completions on six attempts for 70 yards and the one touchdown. His NFL QB rating was 145.8.
Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.
And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.
Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.
The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year.
Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.
January 8: Round one, matchup one
This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.
January 9: Round one, matchup two
In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.
January 10: Round one, matchup three
In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:
January 11: Round one, matchup four
Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?
January 12: Round one, matchup five
Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:
January 15: Round one, matchup six
These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:
January 16: Round one, matchup seven
There's still time to vote on this one:
🔀 ROUND ONE, MATCHUP SEVEN of our Redskins Fan of the Year contest 🔀— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) January 16, 2018
These fans were both weekly winners, but who deserves a chance to be the season champ? Your vote will help decide.#RedskinsFanOfTheYear pic.twitter.com/MSa7i5aVYV
Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.
The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.
Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)
Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)
Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.
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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.
Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.
I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.
Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.
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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.
Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up
Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.
There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.
There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.