Wise veteran Santana Moss is trying to tamp down the expectations for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. He told ESPN 980, One thing I want everyone to understand that he comes here with the big hope of turning everything around. We are all hoping that. We all want that, but I dont want that pressure on him as if he has to be the one.The thing is, in a quarterback league, Griffin does have to the the one. Yes, the rest of the team needs to play better around him but Griffin is going to have to play well if the Redskins are to reach their goal of making the playoffs on a regular basis and making a Super Bowl run from time to time.We have seen what improved quarterback play can do for a Redskins team. The 1998 Redskins got off to an 0-7 start on their way to a 6-10 record that nearly cost Norv Turner his job. Trent Green started 14 games at quarterback and Gus Frerotte started two. They combined to complete 53.8 percent of their passes for 3724 yards (6.6 yardsattempt).Green left as a free agent and Frerotte was let go so the Redskins traded for Brad Johnson. Working primarily with receivers Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell, the same guys who where lining up for Green and Frerotte, Johnson started all 16 games and completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 4005 yards (7.7 yardsattempt).The defense went from bad in 98 (24th in yards allowed) to worse in 99 (30th). And the Redskins improved to 10-6, won the division, and hosted a playoff game.To be sure, Johnson was not the only change on offense. There were some new faces on the offensive line but it is not as though a bus pulled up to Redskins Park and dropped off the 1991 Hogs. Rookie Jon Jansen replaced Shar Pourdanesh at right tackle and veteran journeyman Andy Heck came in at left tackle. Fourth-year running back Stephen Davis had a breakout season with 1405 yards, a marked improvement over the 1242 yards that Davis, Skip Hicks, and Terry Allen combined to gain on the ground in 1998.The Redskins did not build on their 1999 success. In 2000 Johnson was first injured and then in a funk about his contract sutiation. He left as a free agent in 2001. But for that one seasons Johnson clearly was the difference maker.Can Griffin make such a difference in 2012 and turn the Redskins around into a team that wins double digit games? Its a tall order for a rookie but he doesnt have to be an elite performer to beat the numbers the QBs put up last year.Despite Moss wishes, the pressure will be on RG3 this year and we will see how well he responds.
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UPDATE: At Jay Gruden's press conference later Monday, the head coach described Foster's injury as "very concerning," but he did not elaborate with more details.
Gruden provides update on Reuben Foster pic.twitter.com/GhI0KN50fU— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) May 20, 2019
The hope for the 2019 Redskins was that they'd fare much better when it came to injuries compared with their previous two seasons. Things are off to a very bad start, though.
On just the third play of Washington's first OTA session of the offseason, Reuben Foster went down. The linebacker clutched at his left leg and was seen writhing in pain on the Ashburn practice field.
A group of Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky and Landon Collins soon circled around Foster, as well as trainers. Shaun Dion Hamilton, a fellow Alabama product, also hung around the defender. Eventually, a cart was brought out for Foster.
This looks like a significant injury pic.twitter.com/d2VqGXpGqi— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) May 20, 2019
Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster was visibly in serious pain and carted off the field after an injury on Monday. pic.twitter.com/Ha6QnT4Owy— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) May 20, 2019
After staying on the ground for an extended time, Foster was carted off.
He was in tears, per reports.
The 25 year old was seeing his first action with the Burgundy and Gold and was expected to be an X-factor for Manusky's unit. Last month, the NFL announced it would not suspend him after he was arrested twice for alleged domestic violence.
His injury completed shifted the mood of the practice, which started off focusing on the QB battle between Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum.
The severity of the injury won't be known until the team provides an update, but as of now, it looks to be a serious one. And just like that, the Redskins are again dealing with a familiar problem.
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