If you thought Robert Griffin III's demotion from starter to third-string quarterback was a sign that his departure from Washington was imminent, guess again. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Redskins have no plans to trade or cut Griffin this season.
Writes La Canfora, "The Redskins front office remains adamant about protecting its quarterback depth this season, especially at a time when Washington is more competitive in what appears to be a wide-open NFC East. There is every expectation within the team that quarterback Robert Griffin III will be on the roster beyond the November 3 trade deadline."
A growing narrative in Washington has been that there is a power struggle within the team between owner Dan Snyder, who wants to keep Griffin, and general manager Scot McCloughan, who wants rid of the former starter. La Canfora disputes that quoting a source that is "very familiar with the situation" who believes McCloughan does not want to trade Griffin and is still learning about what he can do as a player.
In fact, it's possible that Griffin may even dress for the team at some point this season.
Citing multiple sources, La Canfora writes, "with Griffin now a few weeks back from his concussion absence, it's not out of the question that he takes over the No. 2 spot from Colt McCoy in the coming weeks" even with the $16 million Griffin will be owed if he suffers a serious injury.
The RG3 era was thought to be all but over after a disastrous preseason, but now it certainly appears as if Griffin will remain with Washington for at least the remainder of the 2015 season.
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Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.
That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved.
On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts.
- The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
- The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul.
- The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important.
- The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie.
- The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason.
There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts.
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Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.
Man, what is this guy's deal?
First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers? Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?
Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.
Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.
Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:
At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.