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Michael Vick inspired RG3


Michael Vick inspired RG3

The National Football League's, 'Rookie Symposium,' kicked off this week in Ohio. The goal is to bring the 2012 draft picks together to hear speakers on topics such as "Are You Bigger Then The Game" and "What Defines Success?"

On Monday, in a session that should have been titled, 'What NOT to do in the NFL,' (or any profession for that matter) Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick and Bengals cornerback, Adam 'Pacman' Jones, shared their experiences with the rookies.

Robert Griffin III was moved the most by Vick's speech, saying that he could listen to Philly's signal caller talk all day. RG3 was 11 years old when Vick started in 2001 and the humbled Griffin explained he was 'inspired to play football by guys like himVick.'

Griffin who was 'zoned in' to the speech, further explained that Vick's words hold power and one of the reasons why he looks up to Vick is because of the way he has turned things around in Philadelphia. Something RG3 will be called upon to do in Washington.

Vick's past was not off limits for RG3, "He's a real guy. You know, he made a mistake, he owned up to it, came back out of it and made the best of a situation. He got a second chance and made the most of it. So, I think a lot of guys can relate to that...maybe not going to prison and things of that nature, but just the fact that he's real and he made a mistake and he working hard now, which he wished he had done from the beginning."

The interview ended on a lighter note as Griffin was told Brian Orakpo would be in the NFL studios alongside Warren Sapp. RG3 quipped that Rak's got a 'deep voice' so he might scare Warren.

Laughing Griffin said, "...Can't wait to get back into camp with himOrakpo. I hope he's enjoying his vacation because it's not going to be pretty when we get back." And which another laugh, RG3 ended his interview.

Redskins training camp begins July 25th.

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Crazy amount of injuries piling up for Redskins 2018 draft class

Crazy amount of injuries piling up for Redskins 2018 draft class

Overall, the Redskins injury situation is again bordering on the absurd. In 2017 injuries derailed the defense, and in 2018, the same thing is happening on the offensive side of the ball. 

The big names are the most obvious losses, guys like Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff, Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson too. 

But beyond the big names, an even more absurd injury trend has emerged, and it's wrecking the Redskins' 2018 draft class.

First-round pick Daron Payne has been terrific for this team, but after that, the Redskins rookies have all landed in the trainers room, and eventually, the injured reserve. 

  • Derrius Guice - 2nd round pick - IR - Out for year in preseason
  • Geron Christian - 3rd round pick - IR - Played two games before going to IR Week 11.
  • Troy Apke - 4th round pick - IR - Played two games before going to IR Week 9.
  • Trey Quinn - 7th round pick - IR - Played in season opener before going to IR, eligible to come back as early as this week.
  • Cam Sims - Undrafted free agent - IR - Played in season opener before going to IR. Last update Jay Gruden said that Sims was not ready to return from injury. 

It's never wise to rush to judge a draft class. Players need to mature over a few NFL seasons.

For the 2018 class, however, it's hard to gauge their performance since the Redskins have gotten so little on-field production.

Payne has been terrific, but outside of his stellar play on the defensive line and the work from seventh-round pick Greg Stroman and undrafted free agent Danny Johnson, the 'Skins aren't getting much from their rookies.

Christian and Apke did not look good in the limited work they got. After flashing plenty of potential in training camp, Guice got hurt in the preseason. The Redskins could use help at WR, but Quinn and Sims haven't done it so far. Quinn will get a chance to come back, but Sims probably won't.

Beyond Payne and the two cornerbacks, other rookies Tim Settle, Shaun Dion Hamilton and Adonis Alexander are all playing small roles and helping the team. Stroman made his first career interception in Sunday's win over the Bucs, and Hamilton forced a fumble earlier this season. 

In some ways it's remarkable that Washington has performed so well this season while getting so little from valuable draft choices. It's a testament to the team's depth. And certainly rookie injuries don't mean the players won't become more valuable down the road. 

Still, add it all up, and it's astonishing that the Redskins have placed five rookies on the IR. And it's only Week 11. 



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Does Odell Beckham Jr. truly believe the Giants will rattle off 8 straight wins to make playoffs?


Does Odell Beckham Jr. truly believe the Giants will rattle off 8 straight wins to make playoffs?

Prior to the Giants' Monday Night Football victory in San Francisco, Odell Beckham Jr. made a statement. He and the Giants backed it up...for now. 

"That's game one," he said after the game. "That means we have seven more to go."

That statement revolved around winning out which would mean the now 2-7 New York football Giants would have to rattle off wins against the Buccaneers, Eagles, Bears, Redskins, Titans, Colts and Cowboys to reach an overall record of 9-7. The 26-year-old is assuming that 9-7 would win New York the division, which certainly is a stretch being that the Redskins currently sit 6-3 atop the division comfortably.

Circle your calendars. Odell and the Giants come to FedExField Sunday, Dec. 9 for a 1 p.m. NFC East showdown.