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Ricky Jean-Francois: 'Let's close the book on RG3'


Ricky Jean-Francois: 'Let's close the book on RG3'

Despite being released by the Redskins on Monday, Robert Griffin III is still driving plenty of discussion in the Washington area. And the next piece of that discussion happened on Wednesday between former 'Skin Chris Cooley and current defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois on ESPN 980.

Cooley, who has taken a considerable amount of heat (including some from a few of his old Burgundy and Gold teammates) for anti-RG3 comments he made at the start of the week, let Jean-Francois make a guest appearance on his show to express his thoughts on what Cooley said and the matter as a whole.

Like many, No. 99 is simply ready to move on from the seemingly non-stop chatter that revolves around the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

"Let's let RG3 go," Jean-Francois said. "Let this man go on with his career. Let's close the book on RG3. He grew from a boy to a man. He grew as a ball player. Now, wherever he goes next, let this man be successful. Let's not talk about the past."

But the 29-year-old veteran didn't just express a desire to give Griffin a break. He also was very adamant that there was no conflict between RG3 and Kirk Cousins, which was something Cooley brought up, and repeatedly gave Griffin credit for handling a difficult season with grace.

"He took [being benched for Cousins] the right way," Jean-Francois said. "He never said something was wrong. This man carried himself the right way... I believe the man's gonna be a successful quarterback."

The vocal defender isn't the only one who has come out in support for the embattled passer recently. Terrance Knighton and Pierre Garçon also spoke favorably about Griffin, and both have high hopes for his future.

"He’s a great teammate," Knighton said to CSN. "He’ll be a great leader somewhere, and I think the success that he had as a rookie in this league, you’ll see it again because he’s healthy.” 

Added Garçon: "He’ll be a starter somewhere. He knows what it takes. He knows what to do. That option is definitely going to come, he just has to take advantage of it." 

For all the outside speculation about Griffin's relationship with his teammates and standing in Washington's locker room, it certainly seems like all was peaceful on the inside. Now, though, he'll have to find a new team and a new locker room to start fresh with — a place where he can stop worrying about the past, get out of the D.C. spotlight, and put an end to the 24/7 scrutiny. 

You can bet Jean-Francois will be OK with that when — or is it if? — that finally happens. 


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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 


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Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

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James Washington

Wide receiver
Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the combine and his 40 time was a pedestrian 4.54.

But forget about the numbers. His catch radius is larger than his height would indicate, and he plays much faster than the stopwatch says he does.

His route tree needs to be cleaned up but his ability to get open deep, make receptions on back shoulder throws and, yes, Redskins fans, fade patterns will make him a productive receiver while he learns.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
40-yard dash: 4.54

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying

He doesn't look like a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver, but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays, and you know exactly what he does for an offense.

—A Big 12 assistant coach via

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins needed a wide receiver to line up opposite Josh Doctson after Terrelle Pryor fizzled out last year. They went out and signed Paul Richardson to a free agent contract, solving the immediate need.

But in the NFL, you should always be looking for your next receiver. It takes most of them at least a season to develop so if you wait until you really need a pass catcher it’s too late to draft one. Washington has the capability to contribute early and develop from there.  

Film review: vs. Pitt, vs. TCU, vs. Oklahoma

—Like most coaches, Jay Gruden wants his wide receivers to block and Washington certainly gives it the effort. He helped backs gain extra yards on stretch plays with hustling blocks downfield. His technique may need some work—a long touchdown run against Oklahoma was called back when he was hit for holding—but the effort is there.

—Against the Sooners, Washington got by a cornerback who was in off coverage and beat him for a long gain. Later in the game, the corner was in press coverage and Washington made one move and beat the defender on a post for a touchdown. We can insert the usual cautions about Big 12 defenses here, but it still was impressive to watch.

—Speed is important but so is how fast a receiver can stop to catch a pass. On one underthrown fade pattern, Washington was able to slam on the brakes while the cornerback kept on running, making the catch for a nice gain out of the end zone an easy one.

—Against TCU he split two defenders on a deep pass. He caught the ball in stride and then he found a second gear and easily outraced the defensive backs to the end zone to complete the 86-yard play. This is a good example of Washington playing faster than his 40 time.

Potential issues: Washington is not a good enough prospect to warrant the No. 13 pick, but he could easily be gone by the time the time their second-round pick is on the clock. As noted above, the quality of the defenses he faced in compiling 74 receptions for 1,549 yards (20.9 per catch) and 13 touchdowns has to be considered.

Bottom line: If I’m the Redskins, I have a talk with Jamison Crowder’s agent before the draft to gauge what his client would want in order to sign an extension prior to the 2018 season. If it’s something the Redskins consider reasonable, they should look elsewhere in the second round. But if a 2019 Crowder departure seems likely,  they should look at Washington if he’s there in the second round. 

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.