This year, Rex Grossman has no illusions of claiming the starting quarterback job in Washington.Only four days into training camp, in fact, he knows where hes likely to spend the season: on the sideline, wearing a cap, clipboard in hand, backing up rookie Robert Griffin III.The writing was on the wall a long time ago that this was going to happen, before I even signed, said Grossman, who inked a one-year extension in March. I knew what I was getting into. Im happy to be here and ready to play if they need me.Obviously, if you have a chance to compete for the starting job, there are a few less words of advice, he added. In this situation, Im all for it. Im all for Robert playing great and taking this team to the next level. And Im going to help him out as much as possible.Asked if having clearly defined roles might help Griffin, who was named the starter by Coach Mike Shanahan 10 days after he was drafted, Grossman said it does.I think for him, its probably a lot easier knowing that youre the guy, Grossman said. Thats what I would want.Grossman said he understands the importance of being a mentor. But he also said hell be careful not to overdo it.Im going to let the coaches do their thing, he said. Ive seen a lot of our plays, a lot of drop back stuff. Ive seen just about every coverage and have had a ton of reps on it.Grossman, 31, has started 16 games under Shanahan the past two seasons, so, presumably, he knows the offense better than anyone other than, well, Shanahan.Im there for him to ask questions, Grossman added, and in certain situations give him reminders of hot routes, reminders of situational plays. Im going to be there as much as possible for him to bounce things off of, if he doesnt want to go to a coach.So far, Grossman said hes been impressed with Griffins knowledge of the playbook. But hes wondering the same thing everyone else is: how will the rookie apply that knowledge on the football field when it matters.Because as Grossman said, theres a big difference between knowing it on paper and actually performing it. Hes doing a great job with it.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.
But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones.
Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."
Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.
Things got HEATED between Josh Norman and Taylor Lewan postgame. pic.twitter.com/HXCE6zRSzj— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) December 23, 2018
"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."
"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."
"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."
"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."
The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks.
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Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.
On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:
Alex Smith at day 3️⃣ of OTAs supporting his teammates. pic.twitter.com/vompSPRgxY— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 23, 2019
You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization.
It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.
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