Those who think that the Redskins have a chance of showing substantial improvement this year are likely counting on Robert Griffin III having better ball security in 2012 that did Rex Grossman and John Beck last year.In 2011 the Redskins and their fans endured a season of Good Rex and Bad Rex with Grossman mixing in some nice downfield passes with interceptions that made you want to bang your head against a wall. Grossman (20) and Beck (4) combined for 24 picks; only the Eagles and Bills threw more.But the conventional wisdom is that RG3 might turn the ball over a lot as well as rookie quarterbacks are prone to doing. Is it reasonable to think that Griffin will be able to throw substantially fewer interceptions than the Beck-Rex combo did last year?There are a few reasons to think that the rookie might hold onto the ball better than the veterans who preceded him. In three-plus seasons as Baylors staring quarterback (one year was cut short when he tore is ACL early in the season), Griffin threw just 17 interceptions in 1192 pass attempts. Doing the math, just 1.4 percent of his passes were picked off.While the good habits that prevent interceptions can carry over from the NCAA to the NFL to some degree, Griffin will be facing considerably tougher defenses in the NFC East than he did in the Big 12. That doesnt render his Baylor performance totally moot but it does leave us looking for more evidence that he can stay away from throwing the ball to the guys in the other-colored jerseys.One thing we can do is look at how well quarterbacks with similar credentials to Griffins have performed as rookies. Since 2008, four quarterbacks who were drafted in the top five picks of the draft have started 15 or 16 games as a rookie. Cam Newton (17 interceptions), Sam Bradford (15), Mark Sanchez (20), and Matt Ryan (11) all threw fewer picks as rookies then Beck and Grossman did last year. In addition, Andy Dalton, a second-round pick of the Bengals last year, started all 16 games and threw just 13 interceptions.So, it can be done. It is not unrealistic to think that Griffin will be able to cut into the interception total substantially in 2012. Given all of the picks thrown last year, it is not a particularly tough act to follow.
After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York.
Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.
One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.
The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.
The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well.
Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.
REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2
Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets
What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason
When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Point Spread: Washington, -3
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy
REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:
5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live
REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)
Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m.
Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m.
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- One-Liners: How each starter did in camp
- Breaking the Internet: Swearinger goes after Pryor
Each season, ESPN's Bill Barnwell takes the NFL's $177 million salary cap and builds "the perfect 53-man roster." This year, three Redskins — two obvious and one not so obvious — made the cut.
Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier and Zach Brown joined some of the NFL's finest on the "perfect roster."
There were several rules when it came to its construction. First, there needed to be at least one player – but no more than three – from each NFL team. How much each player would cost was determined by their current cap number after any restructuring, but without cap acceleration. There's at least one player from the 2015, '16,'17, and '18 drafts, with one player from each round and an undrafted free agent. Barnwell built his offense so that it fits within the Patriots' and Josh McDaniels' system, while the defense is built around Jim Schwartz and the Philadelphia Eagles' unit. Special teams was also included.
Barnwell spent $6.75 million on Scherff and $592,000 on Roullier. He describes the "perfect roster's" O-line as "mobile enough to routinely get to the second level on run-pass options and screens and big enough to bulldoze defensive linemen one-on-one."
Scherff – the fifth overall pick in the 2015 draft – has made two Pro Bowls in three years and has started every game he's appeared in. The Redskins picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, extending his time with the team through 2019. At just 26-years-old, a big deal will be coming his way at some point. Scherff was also named a starter on the "perfect roster."
The Redskins drafted Roullier in the sixth-round of the 2017 draft, and in just one season, he has earned the starting center job after Spencer Long missed a chunk of the season with injury and eventually left for the Jets in free agency. Pro Football Focus ranked Roullier the No. 21 center in the league during the 2017 season, and he will have a vital role in helping Alex Smith make the transition to a new offense as smooth as possible.
And then there's Zach Brown. Barnwell spent $2.95 million on the linebacker, saying, "We need cover linebackers with the range to scare quarterbacks from throwing over the middle of the field." When it comes to Brown specifically, Barnwell goes on to say, "The league doesn't seem to value Brown, but he has been an excellent run defender on early downs and isn't much of a liability in coverage."
The Redskins saw his value and signed Brown to a three-year deal back in March after picking him up in free agency during the 2017 offseason. Brown started 13 games in 2017, racking up 127 tackles (84 solo) and 2.5 sacks on his was to finishing ninth in the league in tackles during the regular season.
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