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Need to Know: Production the bottom line in RG3 decision

Need to Know: Production the bottom line in RG3 decision

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 27, three days before the Washington Redskins travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts.

Three and out: Production the bottom line

1. I know that everyone likes to make things very complicated when it comes to things like Robert Griffin III being benched. And while there are layers to it, it’s really pretty simple. “When you’re preaching production, when you’re preaching accountability and all that stuff, it’s important that you hold everybody to the same standard,” said Jay Gruden. “Like I said, I know Robert can play better. I know we can coach him better. But the bottom line is we didn’t get much production from the offense with him as the starter, and that’s why we had to make a change.” (emphasis added)

2. There’s a hint here that while Gruden believes that Griffin logs plenty of hours of work time, he is at the phase of his career where he needs to focus on other things. “He’s worked very hard on his fundamentals,” said Gruden. “He’s worked very hard in the weight room, worked very hard on his strength and conditioning and all that good stuff. I think now that he’s got these concepts that he can work on and seeing them and watching film, you know there’s other ways to work.”

3. It’s hard to believe that two years go on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas things looked so different. Griffin put on a dazzling performance, completing 19 of 27 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns. There was every reason to believe that the Redskins would be set at quarterback for the next 15 years. Instead, it’s now a reset at the most important position on the field.

Out: Happy Thanksgiving, all! I truly appreciate everyone to takes the time to read my thoughts here on Real Redskins. I hope this holiday finds you and your family safe and enjoying the season.


Today’s schedule: Practice 10:30; Player availability and Jay Gruden news conference after practice, approx. 12:30

Days until: Redskins @ Colts 4; Rams @ Redskins 11; 2015 NFL Draft 154

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Starting Tuesday, all 32 NFL teams will have a chance to asses some of the best talents in the upcoming draft at the NFL Combine. However, one of the better safety prospects available will be noticeably absent in Indianapolis.

University of Alabama safety Deionte Thompson will reportedly not participate in combine activities after having surgery on his wrist Friday to mend a torn ligament, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport did mention that the injury is not believed to have a serious impact long-term. 

Thompson is coming off a junior season at Alabama in which he recorded two interceptions and 78 tackles while earning Consensus All-America honors.

As the draft approaches, the safety is being regarded as one of the better secondary options available for teams. In NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig's latest mock draft, Thompson is projected to go 24th overall to the Oakland Raiders.

Though the projection doesn't have Thompson ending up as a member of the Burgundy and Gold, he is still a realistic option for the Redskins. With a few questions marks in the secondary following the departure of D.J. Swearinger Sr. and the unclear future of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Redskins could very well see Thompson as a viable target at No. 15.

If Thompson's impending recovery time leads to his draft stock falling, there is a slight chance he may even be available in the second round when the Redskins pick at No. 46.

Currently, there is no timetable for his return. Alabama is scheduled to host its Pro Day on March 19, which could be the next time Washington and other teams will get a chance to evaluate Thompson.


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It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count.