Four days after suffering the first concussion of his NFL career, Robert Griffin III said he's learning to walk the fine line between making a play and making sure he avoids serious injury.It doesnt make you less aggressive, Griffin said of the shoulder-to-helmet hit that knocked him from Sundays 24-17 loss to the Falcons. The one thing I learned is, I cant do that to my team, to the fans, or to my family, because life is more important than the game of football. Getting hit in the head affects us down the road. I have to make sure I limit that.In retrospect, Griffin said he should have slid earlier, run out of bounds or thrown the ball away instead of attempting to extend the play.I tried to get down, he said. If I would have slid a half-second earlier, I would have been safe. But I tried to get down too late and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon had already launched. At that point, it was just a matter of absorbing the hit and I absorbed it the wrong way.In the future, he added, looking back on it, hindsight is 2020, I would have either thrown it away or got out of bounds.Griffin was limited in practice Wednesday, according to Coach Mike Shanahan. Griffin, however, said he was sharp in drills and expects to suit up Sunday against the Vikings.He has not been cleared for contact yet and there's no timetable for that to happen. Griffin will be evaluated by doctors after each practice. Shanahan said clearance could come as late as Sunday morning.I felt sharp, Griffin said. I felt good. No symptoms of a concussion or anything like that. No dizziness or being off balance. Im not just saying that.Then he cracked: You always feel like youre going to be ready to go.The only symptom that I do have is irritability, because they keep asking me the same questions.Although the experience may have rattled the quarterback a little, it certainly didnt affect his sense of humor.Asked how he intends to ensure he doesnt absorb a similar hit in the future, Griffin joked: I ran out of bounds today in practice and imitated a slide, and got a huge cheer from the team.Its not about being soft, Griffin added. I dont have anything to prove to anybody. Everyone knows Im a tough guy. I dont have anything to prove. If you have to live to play another down, you live to play another down.In addition to teaching him a valuable lesson about football, it seems the ordeal also helped put things into perspective for the rookie. Its a learning experience for me, he said. You appreciate things a lot more after something happens. My head, my future outside of football, my life, is more important than trying to get that touchdown on third and four. You have to know when to run out of bounds.
We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the game against the Jaguars.
Week 15 December 16, TIAA Bank Field
2017 Jaguars: 10-6, First in AFC South, lost AFC championship game
Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9
Early line: Redskins +8
Key additions: G Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Donte Moncrief,
Key losses:WR Allen Hurns, WR Allen Robinson
- QB Blake Bortles was very inconsistent during the season and there was talk of the team looking for a replacement for him prior to their run in the playoffs. Does he have what it takes to get the team back into serious contention.
- The team also got an inconsistent season out of RB Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 pick in the draft. Can he put together the monster season that would justify his draft status and help elevate the Jaguars to elite status.
- The Jaguars went from 25thin scoring defense in 2016 to second last year. Will they fall back to the pack this year?
The Redskins lead the all-time series 5-1. The Jaguars only win against them came in 2002.
The first time: September 28, 1997, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium—In the second game ever played at the Redskins’ new stadium, Jacksonville took a 9-0 lead in the second quarter, but then-Jags QB Mark Brunell threw a pair of interceptions that set up two Washington touchdowns and the Redskins won 24-12. Gus Frerotte threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns and Terry Allen gained 122 yards on 36 carries.
The last time: November 14, 2012, FedEx Field—Jay Gruden got his first win as the Redskins’ head coach in this one. Robert Griffin III went out of this game early with an injury and Kirk Cousins passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his place. It was the defense that dominated this game, racking up 10 sacks, tying the team record set in 1977. Ryan Kerrigan got four of those sacks, tying the team individual record for sacks in a game. The Redskins won 41-10.
The best time: October 1, 2006, FedEx Field—A taught, exciting game came to an explosive end when Santana Moss snared a pass that Mark Brunell perhaps should not have thrown and streaked to the end zone, giving the Redskins a 36-30 overtime win over Jacksonville.
The reason the throw was risky was that two defenders were near Moss as Brunell fired it to the speedy receiver. Somehow both of them missed it. Moss grabbed it, spun around and bolted the rest of the way to complete the 68-yard game winner.
It was Moss’ third touchdown reception of the day. In the first quarter, he caught a long pass from Brunell and executed a nifty spin move near the goal line to complete the 55-yard touchdown play. An eight-yard Moss TD catch early in the third quarter put the Redskins up by 10 but the Jags battled back to tie it with six seconds left. That set up Moss’ overtime heroics.
The worst time: November 10, 2002, Alltel Stadium—The Redskins came into the game riding a two-game winning streak and at 4-4 they were squarely in playoff contention. A strong running game had been their best asset during their surge to .500 and, with the Jaguars sporting the worst run defense in the NFL, there was every reason to believe that the Redskins would take the land route to another win.
But coach Steve Spurrier had different ideas. "I was dumb enough to think we could throw it up and down the field," Spurrier said. "We ran a little bit here and there. We had a little success there early, and I got away from it too much. The second quarter, I kept thinking at midfield, we could throw the ball from there. But we didn't do it very well. So, looking back, I called a lousy game."
His defense didn’t play very well either. The Redskins scored first but the Jaguars scored 26 unanswered points and came out with a 26-7 win.
Redskins schedule series
- Weeks 13 and 17 vs Eagles
- Week 11 vs. Texans
- Week 10 @ Buccaneers
- Week 9 vs. Falcons
- Weeks 8 & 14 vs. Giants
- Weeks 7 & 12 vs. Cowboys
- Week 6 vs. Panthers
- Week 5 @ Saints
- Week 3 vs. Packers
- Week 2 vs. Colts
- Week 1 @ Cardinals
Every offseason the NFL Network polls a number of current players to determine the Top 100 stars in the league.
It's a fun discussion topic during an otherwise slow time in the football calendar, and while the rankings carry no official meaning, it would be silly to dismiss the process altogether. After all, these are players voting for their fellow players.
Over the last few seasons, the Redskins have seen a various number of their players make the list. Trent Williams is a mainstay, Jordan Reed made an appearance, and while he was playing in Washington, QB Kirk Cousins made the list.
For example, in 2017, Cousins ranked 70th on the NFL Top 100. That same season, while quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith came in at 81 on the list.
Now Redskins QB, there is a bit of a mystery surrounding Smith.
The NFL has revealed numbers 100 to 11, and Smith hasn't made the list. Cousins, now a Viking, landed 94th, the first QB on the list.
Another 10 QBs have been named to the Top 100: Jimmy Garoppolo (90), Derek Carr (60), Philip Rivers (56), Case Keenum (51), Deshaun Watson (50), Jared Goff (38), Matt Stafford (31), Matt Ryan (29), Ben Roethlisberger (18) and Russell Wilson (11).
Smith had the best statistical season of his career in 2017, and he led the NFL in passer rating. He certainly belongs higher on the Top 100 than a number of the quarterbacks listed above, particularly young players without his track record of success like Keenum, Watson or Goff.
But does Smith deserve a Top 10 ranking in the NFL?
For Smith to make the list, it will mean a Top 10 ranking. Consider too that Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz have not yet landed on the Top 100. All four of those players seem like locks for the Top 10, which will be revealed next Monday night on NFL Network.
It might seem surprising for Smith to land in the Top 10 of the NFL Top 100, but it would make zero sense for him to be left off the list altogether.
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