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Fisher: RG3 'very, very impressive'

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Fisher: RG3 'very, very impressive'

Jeff Fishers impression of Robert Griffin IIIs debut was a familiar one, the St. Louis head coach said Wednesday.I saw the same thing everyone else saw, said Fisher, who took over the Rams this season after a mostly successful run with the HoustonTennessee franchise from 1994-2010. What a terrific debut. Very, very impressive. As people were saying, thats historical.Griffin completed 19 and 26 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a stunning 40-32 victory over the Saints. The 22-year-old also rushed for 42 yards, while his 139.9 passer rating was the best for a rookie in his first NFL game.He did a great job, Fisher added, speaking on a conference call with local reporters. He threw with accuracy. He was poised, made some plays with his legs and has a good grasp of the offense. Obviously, theres a lot of things offensively that have been worked on during the offseason and preseason that werent show in the preseason games and it ended up being very productive and successful for him.Fisher, however, has an edge the Saints didnt: he possesses a game of film on Griffin to scout. But that, Fisher said, doesnt necessarily give his team an edge as it prepares for the Redskins dual-threat quarterback.In Mike Shanahans quest to acquire RGIII, he felt all along that defenses cant defend those dynamics, Fisher said. Basically, hes right. If youre lucky defensively, you create a one-on-one situation with the quarterback. With his athletic ability, he usually wins that.Asked how the Rams plan to contain Griffin, Fisher laughed.Do you want me to send you our game plan? he cracked. Id be happy to send you our defensive game plan. Youre just going to have to wait and see. Were putting a plan in place and we think it will give us a chance.

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.

Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).  

—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen

—The team’s leading rusher from 2016

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

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10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.

Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver. 

The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it. 

The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago. 

Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season. 

Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks. 

Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.

No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl. 

Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd. 

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