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RG3 talks about taking less hits


RG3 talks about taking less hits

Robert Griffin III acknowledged Wednesday that he intends to take measures to avoid absorbing as many blows as he did Sunday against the Bengals.

One way he hopes to accomplish that, the Redskins quarterback said, is to make it more clear to officials and defenders that hes no longer in possession of the ball on option plays.

On some of the option plays, just make it more clear to the refs that I dont have the ball because then they cant hit me, Griffin said. But I guess if I dont come out with my hands up, then they think I have the ball and, legally, they can hit me. So I just need to make it clear to them that I dont have the ball and then if I do get one of those shots, we get 15 yards.

Griffin carried the ball 12 times and led the Redskins in rushing with 85 yards. While there were a number of examples of needless shots he absorbed Sunday, one in particular stands out: on an option in the fourth quarter, Griffin got driven into the turf by linebacker Manny Lawson after pitching the ball to Brandon Banks as the rookie attempted to sell the fake. Griffin was slow to peel himself off of the turf.

We know the rules, Griffin said. I talked to Coach Mike Shanahan said and he talked to me about it. If I make it clear that I dont have the ball, they technically, by the rules, cannot hit me.

He added: If you take some of those shots in the face youll learn real face. I thought they were not legal hits but Coach informed me that technically they can hit me. Even on keepers, they can hit you if youre carrying out your fake. I didnt know that so I guess Ill be running with my arms up a lot more, letting them know, Hey, I dont have the ball. Please hit me if you want to get a 15-yard penalty.

To emphasize his point, Griffin jokingly raised his arms stick-em-up-style.

Griffin got sacked six times Sunday, was hit 13 times while attempting to pass and knocked down a number of other times on his dozen carries, reigniting concerns about the number of hits the franchise quarterback has taken so far this season.

If youre going to carry out your options at this level, they are going to smack you pretty good, Shanahan said. There were probably seven or eight hits in that game that he didnt have to take at all. Hes going to get better and better at that. One thing we want to make sure of, is that he stays healthy. Thats one thing about the option, you have a chance, really, not to take a lot of hits. We looked at that film and well see how it goes.

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Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker


Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker

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.


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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources


Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

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.