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Griffin packs, leaves poem in quiet end to RG3 era in Washington

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Griffin packs, leaves poem in quiet end to RG3 era in Washington

Robert Griffin III politely declined to speak to reporters on Monday morning as he cleared out his locker at Redskins Park -- almost assuredly for the final time.

Sunday’s 35-18 loss to the Packers in the Wild Card round brought the Redskins’ feel-good 2015 season to an abrupt end. It’s also likely that the defeat marked the end of RG3’s four-year tenure in Washington. 

After losing his starting job to Kirk Cousins in August, Griffin did not take a snap during the team’s 9-7 regular season. And with a $16.2 million salary for 2016, it’s widely expected that he will be cut. 

The only question now, really, is when the move will be made.       

On Monday -- breakdown day at Redskins Park -- the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year quietly went about removing four seasons worth of personal effects from his stall. He put some of his belongings into a large clear bag. He placed other items -- autographed footballs, jerseys, his helmet, pictures, a dozen or so action figures that he kept on the top shelf -- into a box.

The only thing Griffin left in his locker was Dr. Kent M. Keith's poem, "The Paradoxical Commandments."  

“Forgive them anyway,” the poem reads, in part. “Be kind anyway …It was never between you and them anyway.”

As some of his teammates looked on from across the room, Griffin carried the overflowing box slowly toward the exit. He used his right foot to push open the swinging door and walked quickly through it.

And like that, the RG3 era in D.C. likely came to its inevitable conclusion.   

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Titans rising, shake-up in Top 10

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Titans rising, shake-up in Top 10

The most surprising outcome from Week 10 in the NFL season was the Tennessee Titans 34-10 thrashing of the New England Patriots.

How far did New England fall? How high did the Patriots rise?

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Despite missing three starting offensive lineman and several other key contributors due to injury, the Redskins got back in the win column with a 16-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a two game lead in the NFC East, their stock rose a tad.

Coming off their bye week, the Eagles fell to the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. How were each of their rankings affected?

The Saints won their eighth straight, while the Steelers won their fifth straight. Where do these two rank in the Top 5?

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The battle for No. 32 is perhaps more interesting than the battle for No. 1, but the Raiders stay in control of the bottom spot for now.

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Adrian Peterson is fifth in rushing and, oh yeah, he finally feels fully healthy now

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Adrian Peterson is fifth in rushing and, oh yeah, he finally feels fully healthy now

The version of Adrian Peterson the Redskins have been getting this year — the one who currently sits as the NFL's fifth-leading rusher and the one who has been the team's only consistent offensive threat — hasn't even been the fully in-shape version, according to Peterson.

If you take him at his word, that's a pretty frightening thought for non-Redskins defenses to ponder.

After practice on Wednesday, the 33-year-old was asked about how he's feeling after dealing with ankle and shoulder problems earlier in the season. Those problems are apparently now all behind him.

"Last week, I actually started feeling all the way healthy," he said in the 'Skins locker room. "My shoulder, I'm back to bench pressing. I hadn't done that in three weeks. And so I'm back to doing the normal things that I was able to do. My ankle's feeling good, my body's just feeling refreshed."

Oh, so the guy who's been averaging nearly 75 yards per game on about 17 carries per game and the guy who's scored four total touchdowns through nine contests is only just now back to normal?

Damn.

"Second half has been a blessing to me, you know?" he said. "It was a grind the first eight weeks, and here now, as I stand in front of you, my body's feeling amazing."

Must be nice to be one of the sport's best players of this generation, huh?

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