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RG3 says he and teammates are buying in to Gruden's offense

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RG3 says he and teammates are buying in to Gruden's offense

RICHMOND—It didn’t appear that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Jay Gruden, the team’s rookie head coach, were on the same page a lot of the time last year. Although they didn’t openly clash to the extent that Griffin and former coach Mike Shanahan did on occasion, Griffin did not seem comfortable in Gruden’s offense last year. And Gruden become openly critical of Griffin’s execution of his offense.

But it appears that having gone through their second offseason together that they are adjusting to each other. Gruden is starting to get a feel for what Griffin does well and Griffin is figuring out how he can best work in the coach’s offense.

“That’s part of the growth of the team, growing together as a quarterback and head coach,” said the fourth-year QB. “I can tell you know, whatever Jay wants to run that’s what we’re going to run. That’s how we’re going to be successful. I’ve bought in, the guys have bought in.”

The very fact that Griffin had to say that he will run what the coach calls indicates that there has been an issue there in terms of perception, reality, or both.

Griffin doesn’t have plans to run the ball himself more than he did last year. "I'm gonna play football,” he said. “That's all I've got to say about that. It's about ... playing the way you know how to play.”

He is looking forward to getting some help from a renewed emphasis on the running game. “My thing is, as long as the threat of the run is there it makes the passing easier so I look forward to establishing that threat,” he said.  

So far, so good. But he hasn’t thrown his first interception yet nor has he taken a sack that he could have avoided. We will see how it plays out. 

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

Training camp comes for the Redskins near the end of July, and in mid-June, not much looks overly worrisome. Except for the Trent Williams situation.

As fans well know, Williams missed all of mandatory minicamp amid reports that the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle was upset with his contract. There are also reports that Williams is upset with the Redskins medical staff, and one report that the former Top 10 pick "vowed" never to return to Washington. 

That's serious stuff.

Jay Gruden rotated between calling Williams the Redskins best player and one of the team's most important players when the coach spoke about the situation during minicamp. Regardless of the exact assessment, Williams is obviously important to the Redskins plans for 2019, and how good the team can possibly become. 

Looking to the fall, there are a few probable outcomes for the Williams situation to end. Here's a look at the possibilities:

  1. Redskins trade Trent Williams - This seems like quite a long shot, but not impossible. Williams has started 119 games in Washington since 2010, but just two playoff games in that time. He's a very valuable player, one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and could obviously draw interest around the NFL. A trade seems quite unlikely, but if a contending team wanted to move for Williams, he might actually want to go. This doesn't seem likely until closer to Week 1, and it doesn't seem likely anyway. The Redskins won't be able to get close to equitable value for Williams on the trade market. 
  2. Redskins cut Trent Williams - There is zero chance this happens. Zero. ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
  3. Redskins make it work with Trent Williams - The reality of pro football doesn't bode great for Williams. He's under contract for two more seasons and the salary structure of the NFL means there isn't much money without game checks. All of that suggests Williams arrives for the Redskins somewhere in mid-August, perhaps after training camp in Richmond but well before Week 1 in Philadelphia. That doesn't mean, however, that the 'Skins couldn't make a goodwill offer to Williams. His deal in 2020 holds barely any guaranteed cash, and perhaps making more of his salary a certainty could help him come back to the fold. 
  4. Trent Williams never returns - This seems highly unlikely, but has been reported. Williams seems very angry at the Redskins medical staff based off his Instagram posts, and if he can't trust the doctors, maybe he can't play for the organization. Williams has made a tremendous amount of money during his NFL career, with nearly $100 million in career earnings, so never say never. 

 

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In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

Bryce Love hopes he'll have the opportunity to carry many footballs in his NFL career. But this past weekend, the running back picked up something that'll be just as, if not more, valuable than the attempts he'll be getting on Sundays.

How's a college diploma from Stanford sound? Pretty solid, right?

Oh, how about a college diploma from Stanford in human biology? Yeah, probably something worth hanging up on the ol' fridge, huh?

Well, that very hard-earned and impressive degree is what Love is now in possession of:

Drafted by the Redskins in late-April and walking across the stage at Stanford in mid-June, Love is doing well for himself recently. He passed up the chance to enter the draft early to ensure he graduated, and now he has.

His college GPA isn't known, but once you find out his high school GPA was 4.5 (that's apparently possible) and add that to the fact that he was able to finish up school out west while also churning up yards for the Cardinal, you can imagine it was very, very good. And if his yards-per-carry average as a pro matches or exceeds it, then the Redskins will be thrilled.

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