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OPEN THREAD: Looking deeper into RG3's concussion

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OPEN THREAD: Looking deeper into RG3's concussion

Anyone watching last Thursday's Redskins win over the Lions saw that QB Robert Griffin III took a number of big hits. In fact, Griffin was blasted on six of his eight drop backs, an absurd number for a team trying to get its starting offense preseason work.

The factors involved seem obvious: a new right side of the offensive line with basically no NFL experience, and a journeyman left tackle injury replacement that is not a starting caliber player. Add the O-line woes to an aggressive Detroit front, and there is a bad recipe for RG3. Combine that with Griffin's struggles in the pocket, and an injury seems almost predetermined.

What is known is Griffin got hurt. What remains a mystery is when, and specifically what play, saw Griffin concussed.

"I don’t know. Can’t tell you," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said when asked what play resulted in RG3's concussion.

More from the coach: "The concussion, whether it is a concussion, whether it is not a concussion, it is up to the doctor to decide whether he thinks it is or not. Sometimes a player says he doesn’t have one, but if he is showing signs of a concussion then the doctor will recommend that he go sees a doctor. That’s basically what has happened."

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In a fashion that seems all too familiar with the Redskins and RG3, the news surrounding the injury sounds bizarre. In the hours following the win over the Lions, some reports suggested Griffin did not have a concussion, rather the Redskins wanted to keep their starting QB from talking to the media. If true, it's a shortsighted strategy, as Griffin is likely obligated to speak with reporters this week during practice.

Gruden has made it clear his plans on playing Griffin this Saturday against Baltimore, assuming his QB is cleared through the NFL concussion protocol. While Griffin certainly needs the work - the Redskins starting offense has looked between bad and mediocre through two preseason games - how many other teams around the league would play a QB coming off a concussion in a preseason game? Isn't the risk too high for a meaningless August contest?

While expressing concern for his QB throughout this most recent injury scare, Gruden has also been fair to point out that football is a tough sport and QBs are going to get hit. Even if Trent Williams resumes his starting left tackle spot Saturday night against the Ravens, the Redskins will still have Morgan Moses and Brandon Scherff lined up to the right side. So far, that combination has not looked ready for the NFL, and in Baltimore they can expect heavy pressure from Pro Bowl caliber players like Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.

"We need to fix a lot, obviously. We are working with a new right side of our line and had some new tight end issues going on in there and a new left tackle," Gruden said. "So we had some guys that needed the work and it wasn’t very effective to say the least." 

Now that there appears to be some question if RG3 sustained a concussion, or just showed consussion-like symptoms, the events of last Thursday change ever so slightly. Regardless, the QB was battered against the Lions. Will that change against Baltimore?  Seems unlikely.

And yet, what option does Gruden have? The Redskins organization has committed to Griffin as their starting quarterback, and the offensive line that showed up Thursday will largely be the same that shows up Week 1 against Miami. The quarterback - whoever it is - will get hit.

Could that be helped by better pocket awareness? It does seem Griffin is too quick to turn his back and try to run away from pressure in the backfield, opposed to stepping up or sliding over in the pocket, moves that more aware QBs often make. It's possible RG3 wants to rely on his athleticism that got him out of danger in previous seasons, and that after three years of sustaining injuries in the NFL, that level of athleticism is no longer there. 

"It’s all a process, a work-in-process," Gruden said of Griffin. "The key is as you’re going through your process of reading the coverage, transition that and having the peripheral to step up in the pocket, that’s something all young quarterbacks have to work through and he will."

Gruden seems confident RG3 can get better in the pocket. Griffin will need to, quick, or the results are unlikely to be pretty. The line must play better too, though that may not happen fast enough for the Redskins or RG3.

Disagree? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 8

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 8

Week 7 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 8.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8

TIER 1: RB1's

1. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings   
Opponent: vs. Redskins 
2019 Stats: 725 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 220 Receiving YDS, 164.5 PTS, 2019 RB2 
Previous Ranking: 3   

2. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers   
Opponent: at 49ers 
2019 Stats: Rushing YDS, Rushing TD, Receptions, Receiving YDS, PTS, 2019 RB 
Previous Ranking: Bye 

3. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants  
Opponent: at Lions 
2019 Stats: 309 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 82 Receiving YDS, 65.1 PTS 2019 RB30 
Previous Ranking: 4   

4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: at Saints  
2019 Stats: 300 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 30 Receptions, 315 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 121.5 PTS, 2019 RB8 
Previous Ranking: 1 
  
5. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers   
Opponent: vs. Dolphins 
2019 Stats: 235 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 231 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 100.6 PTS, 2019 RB14
Previous Ranking: Bye 

6. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks   
Opponent: at Falcons 
2019 Stats: 569 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 22 Receptions, 149 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 111.8 PTS, 2019 RB9 
Previous Ranking: 10   

7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars   
Opponent: vs. Jets   
2019 Stats: 715 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 123.8 PTS, 2019 RB7 
Previous Ranking: 7    

TIER 2: High-end RB2's   

8. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints 
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 373 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 33 Receptions, 276 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: Out 

9. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: vs. Texans 
2019 Stats: 554 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 9 Receptions, 87 Receiving YDS, 97.1 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 13 

10. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Broncos 
2019 Stats: 514 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 10 Receptions, 54 Receiving YDS, 80.8 PTS, 2019 RB20 
Previous Ranking: 6 

11. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans   
Opponent: vs. Buccaneers 
2019 Stats: 506 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 7 Receptions, 120 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 105.6 PTS, 2019 RB12
Previous Ranking: 9 

12. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 311 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 15 Receptions, 81 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 88.2 PTS, 2019 RB18 
Previous Ranking: 12 

13. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns 
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 607 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 128 Receiving YDS, 127.5 PTS, 2019 RB6 
Previous Ranking: Bye 

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's

14. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers   
Opponent: at Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 399 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 27 Receptions, 196 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 138.5 PTS, 2019 RB4
Previous Ranking: 5   

15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons   
Opponent: vs. Seahawks 
2019 Stats: 294 Rushing YDS, 27 Receptions, 209 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 93.3 PTS, 2019 RB16 
Previous Ranking: 15  

16. Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 83 Rushing YDS, 8 Receptions, 35 Receiving YDS, 19.8 PTS, 2019 RB72
Previous Ranking: NR

17. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 248 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 49 Receptions, 488 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 160.6 PTS, 2019 RB3 
Previous Ranking: 23  

18. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets   
Opponent: at Jaguars 
2019 Stats: 326 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 29 Receptions, 175 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 91.1 PTS, 2019 RB17 
Previous Ranking: 16   

19. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 81 Rushing YDS, 9 Receptions, 34 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 24.5 PTS, 2019 RB66  
Previous Ranking: 18   

20. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos   
Opponent: at Colts  
2019 Stats: 433 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 143 Receiving YDS, 101.6 PTS, 2019 RB13  
Previous Ranking: 22   

21. James White, New England Patriots   
Opponent: vs. Browns 
2019 Stats: 62 Rushing YDS, 38 Receptions, 283 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.5 PTS, 2019 RB23 
Previous Ranking: 20 

22. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers   
Opponent: vs. Panthers 
2019 Stats: 411 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 74 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 71.5 PTS, 2019 RB26 
Previous Ranking: 21   

23. Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans 
Opponent: vs. Raiders 
2019 Stats: 461 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 22 Receiving YDS, 70.3 PTS, 2019 RB27 
Previous Ranking: 19 

24. Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers 
Opponent: vs. Panthers 
2019 Stats: 227 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 48 Receiving YDS, 45.5 PTS, 2019 RB42 
Previous Ranking:  11 

25. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles   
Opponent: at Bills 
2019 Stats: 220 Rushing YDS, 16 Receptions, 230 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 65 PTS, 2019 RB31 
Previous Ranking: 25   

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8

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Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 8

Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 8

Week 7 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top wide receivers for Week 8.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8


TIER 1: MUST STARTS 

1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans   
Opponent: vs. Raiders 
2019 Stats: 49 Receptions, 508 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 117.8 PTS, 2019 WR8 
Previous Ranking: 1   

2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons   
Opponent: vs. Seahawks 
2019 Stats: 40 Receptions, 560 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 120.1 PTS, 2019 WR6 
Previous Ranking: 2   

3. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: at Titans 
2019 Stats: 43 Receptions, 662 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 145.2 PTS, 2019 WR2
Previous Ranking: Bye 

4. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints   
Opponent: vs. Cardinals 
2019 Stats: 62 Receptions, 763 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 153.3 PTS, 2019 WR1 
Previous Ranking: 4   

5. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers 
Opponent: at Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 378 Receiving YDS, 62.8 PTS, 2019 WR51 
Previous Ranking: NR 

TIER 2: WR1's 

6. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 51 Receptions, 572 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 132.6 PTS, 2019 WR3 
Previous Ranking: 6  

7. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings   
Opponent: vs. Redskins
2019 Stats: 27 Receptions, 391 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 1 Rushing TD, 108.2 PTS, 2019 WR12 
Previous Ranking: 7   

8. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs   
Opponent: vs. Packers
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 170 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 45.5 PTS, 2019 WR70 
Previous Ranking: 8   

9. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks   
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 40 Receptions, 515 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 114.7 PTS, 2019 WR9 
Previous Ranking: 9   

10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears
2019 Stats: 44 Receptions, 564 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 118.7 PTS, 2019 WR7 
Previous Ranking: 5 

11. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts    
Opponent: vs. Broncos
2019 Stats: 30 Receptions, 306 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 90.6 PTS, 2019 WR23  
Previous Ranking: 10  

12. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots   
Opponent: vs. Browns  
2019 Stats: 45 Receptions, 496 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 110.8 PTS, 2019 WR10  
Previous Ranking: 11   

TIER 3: High-end WR2's

13. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions   
Opponent: at Giants 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 385 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 87.5 PTS, 2019 WR25 
Previous Ranking: 12    

14. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: at Titans 
2019 Stats:  27 Receptions, 464 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 99.4 PTS, 2019 WR15
Previous Ranking: Bye

15. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers 
Opponent: vs. Dolphins 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 340 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 69 PTS, 2019 WR41
Previous Ranking: Bye 

16. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns 
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 29 Receptions, 436 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.9 PTS, 2019 WR28
Previous Ranking: Bye 

17. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars   
Opponent: vs. Jets 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 581 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 123.1 PTS, 2019 WR5 
Previous Ranking: 15   

18. Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins   
Opponent: at Vikings 
2019 Stats: 24 Receptions, 419 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TDs, 95.9 PTS, 2019 WR19 
Previous Ranking: 18   

TIER 4: On the cusp 

19. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 27 Receptions, 402 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.3 PTS, 2019 WR29 
Previous Ranking: 16   

20. John Brown, Buffalo Bills 
Opponent: vs. Eagles 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 473 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 92.7 PTS, 2019 WR20 
Previous Ranking: 20 

21. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos   
Opponent: at Colts 
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 564 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS, 2019 WR11  
Previous Ranking: 21   

22. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 435 Receiving YDS, 65 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 92 PTS, 2019 WR21  
Previous Ranking: 17   

23. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: at Texans 
2019 Stats: 17 Receptions, 216 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, PTS, 2019 WR52 
Previous Ranking: 23 

24. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: at Saints
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 439 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 91.9 PTS, 2019 WR16  
Previous Ranking: 13  
 
25. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers 
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 425 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 82 PTS, 2019 WR26 
Previous Ranking: Bye

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8