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Who will be on the receiving end of RG3's long balls?


Who will be on the receiving end of RG3's long balls?

Robert Griffin III was the most accurate deep thrower in major college football last year. He completed 50.9 percent of his passes that traveled 25-plus yards. And rarely did he throw it up for grabs; his touchdown to interception ration on those deep throws was 20-1.The deep accuracy was one of the reasons why the Redskins gave up a lot to move up in the draft to secure his services. Their longest pass play last year covered just 51 yards, the shortest longest pass play of any NFL team. They had to try to put together sustained drives to score and that got them ranked 26th in the NFL in scoring with 288 points (18 pointsgame).Its great if Griffin can throw the ball a long way with accuracy but who is going to be on the other end of those RG3 spirals? Here is a look at some of the wide receivers who should be working on their go routes during OTAs.--Pierre Garon did have an 87-yard touchdown reception against the Bucs last year but that was on a Curtis Painter throw that was about 17 yards downfield. From the 13, he made the catch at about the 30, got past a defender who had a bad angle on him, and was gone. We probably wont see a lot of Garon going deep downfield. Garon and Griffin will hook up on some big plays this year but most of them are likely to be the result of the receiver picking up yards after the catch, not a deep pass.--Santana Moss may have lost a step or maybe even two but getting open deep is not all about pure speed. He has the smarts to break free downfield a couple of times a game, especially if Garon and Leonard Hankerson can draw the attention of the defense on a consistent basis.--Griffin could save Anthony Armstrongs career. As a 27-year-old rookie in 2010, he had a good rapport with Donovan McNabb and he averaged 19.8 yards on his 44 receptions. Last year, he and Grossman did not click on the field and the receivers production plummeted to just seven catches. If Armstrong can develop some deep ball chemistry with RG3 he could have an important role on the team. If he cant, he will be very much on the bubble when it comes to making the roster.--The Redskins dont quite know what they have in 2011 sixth-round pick Aldrick Robinson but they sure want to find out. They know hes fast and that hes willing to work and they hope they can turn those traits into productivity on the field. It could end up being Robinson vs. Armstrong for the final receiver roster spot. If Robinson makes it, look for him to be one of the surprise stories of 2012.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at You can reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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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.