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OPEN THREAD: WIll QB coach help RG3?

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OPEN THREAD: WIll QB coach help RG3?

In addition to running the whole team, last season Jay Gruden thought he could coach the quarterbacks himself. The results were less than spectacular. With a year under his belt, Gruden decided to bring in a coach specifically to work with the passers, and the team hired Matt Cavanaugh.

The new quarterbacks coach is certainly working with Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, but to be clear, his main charge is to work with and improve Robert Griffin III. Blessed with incredible athletic ability, RG3's accuracy and decision making have been questionable since his dynamic rookie season in 2012, and for the Redskins to prosper, Griffin needs to be better.

"Every snap, every handoff, every dropback is being critiqued and making sure we do it the right way," Gruden said of Cavanaugh. "I think that has been a big benefit for Robert."

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There is no throw RG3 can't make, no play he can't improvise. Where his play can improve is the minutia of football, quicker reads and better pocket fundamentals. Working with a coach specific to that task could help. And so far, Cavanaugh is encouraged.

"I came in with an open mind and I've been impressed," Cavanaugh said. "He's got a great work ethic, he's got a lot of ability."

It's interesting to note the new QB coach said he "came in with an open mind." It would be naive to think that Griffin has not developed some type of reputation as perhaps a bit difficult to coach or work with, especially after the fiery departure of former coach Mike Shanahan and a slew of comments that came with his removal. Things clearly ended poorly with Shanahan, and at times last season it seemed Griffin and Gruden did not see eye to eye.

An open mind for Cavanaugh is a good idea, a clean start for both coach and QB, and it sounds like it's going well.

"He takes coaching very well," Cavanaugh said.

But what matters is what happens when the team gets to Richmond, the players wear pads, and the action gets serious. Griffin has the starting job, and the team needs him to be great.

"Next month will be important," Cavanaugh said. "I've seen good progress."

Will working with Cavanaugh be a benefit to RG3? Will it help Gruden to have somebody working with the QBs? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries

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Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries


The Redskins agreed to terms with free agent running back Adrian Peterson, per multiple reports and confirmed by NBC Sports Washington.

Washington added Peterson as their running back group took a number of hits this preseason. Rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the year in the preseason opener, while Byron Marshall, Martez Carter and Samaje Perine got hurt in the second preseason game against the Jets.

Peterson is a huge name. He’s likely headed for the Hall of Fame when his career ends, and he’s one of only a handful of rushers to gain more than 2,000 yards in a season.

His best seasons came with the Vikings, but Peterson hasn’t delivered top flight results since 2015.

If he’s healthy and ready to go, Peterson could be a tremendous steal for the Redskins. There is no way to know until he suits up in the preseason, which could happen as soon as this Friday night against Denver.

On the roster, Washington has Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs and Chris Thompson available at running back. At his best, Peterson is significantly better than that group.

Will the Redskins get Peterson at his best?

That’s the big question. And with two preseason games remaining, he will get the chance to prove it.

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Derrius Guice all smiles ahead of ACL surgery

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Derrius Guice all smiles ahead of ACL surgery

It's been 10 crushing days for Redskins fans since rookie running back Derrius Guice went down with a torn ACL during the team's first preseason game against the New England Patriots. 

The 21-year-old tweaked his knee while busting out a 34-yard run, which was called back for holding. 

Guice posted an update to his Instagram page Monday before going into surgery. 

Here we go💪🏾

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In typical Derrius Guice fashion, the former LSU running back seems to be in high spirits. 

 

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