I think theres a chance that the Redskins and their fans just might take a liking to this RG3 kid.Lets leave his on-field skills aside for the moment. We really wont see that at all until the Redskins take the field against the Saints in September and we wont see it fully developed for another few years.But we can see now what could make him one of the most popular athletes ever in Washington.He gets it.We have seen that in how he has dealt with fans and with the media. Griffins visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame provided some more evidence that he is firmly grounded and respects the right things.Jeff Darlington of NFL.com followed RG3 as he went through the hallowed halls and related a few of warm and fuzzy moments.The first was when he stopped to look at a mannequin in an old Redskins uniform. When he realized whose uniform it was, he was appropriately awed.Sammy Baugh, he said in a hushed tone.Baugh came from Texas with much fanfare to be the teams first quarterback after they moved from Boston. Griffin is from Texas and came here with 21st-century hype to be the teams next quarterback.Baugh led the Redskins to an NFL title as a rookie and is the best player in the teams history. Griffin has yet to step on the field but he appreciates what Baugh, and other players from that era, did for the game today."To know what those guys did back then and had to go through to get to where we are (standing) right now, it's extremely important for us to grasp so that we can know what our identity is," Griffin told Darlington later.Later on, Griffin looked at an exhibit of all of the Super Bowl rings awarded. A Hall of Fame employee pointed out the there were three rings there for the Redskins.Thats not enough rings, said Griffin. Weve got to get more.Redskins Nation is in unanimous agreement with RG3 there and there is a growing belief that he just might be the guy to lead to way to getting a few more Lombardis.
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 18, eight days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
The five best running backs the Redskins will face in 2018
This week we’ll be looking at the best of what the Redskins will face during the 2018 season. Today the running backs are up. They are roughly ranked 2017 rushing yards, although I did some juggling based on offseason moves and other factors. Prior to this, we looked at the best teams, receivers, and quarterbacks.
Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys—He actually finished 10thin the league in rushing yards behind two backs who will face the Redskins. Elliott gets boosted up the list because he was suspended for six games last year. He averaged 98 yards per game played, and had he been able to play in 16 games, he would have led the league in rushing yards with over 300 yards to spare. In three games against the Redskins, he has averaged 110 yards per game and he has five touchdowns. The Redskins’ revamped rushing defense will be tested twice.
Mark Ingram, Saints—He will be coming off of a four-game suspension for Redskins vs. Saints in Week 5. Will he be rested or rusty? If he’s in any kind of form, the Redskins defense will have to be on its game. Last year against Washington in the Superdome, Ingram rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries.
Leonard Fournette, Jaguars—The rookie did surpass the thousand-yard mark, posting 1,040. Some pointed out that it wasn’t a consistent effort as he gained 310 yards, almost 30 percent of his total, in two back-to-back games in Weeks 5 and 6. That’s fine but he still is a difficult opponent with his combination of size and speed. I look for him to have a big breakout this year.
Dion Lewis/Derrick Henry, Titans—Lewis averaged 5.0 yards per carry with the Patriots last year and Henry gained 744 yards while sharing time with the now-retired DeMarco Murray. Lewis will play a lot of third downs and will spell Henry sometimes early in games. That will leave the 6-3, 247-pound Henry fresh to grind up the clock if the Titans have a late lead.
Jay Ajayi, Eagles—Nobody has quite figured out why the Dolphins dealt him to the Eagles in midseason, but Philly was more than happy to add him to the offense. Ajayi became a workhorse in the postseason with 42 rushing attempts and six receptions in three games.
I do need to mention Giants rookie Saquan Barkley here. I have to think that the second overall pick of the draft will rank somewhere on this list, but without seeing him in an NFL uniform yet it’s hard to rank him. He will be dangerous, no doubt.
Best of the rest: Lamar Miller, Texans, Alvin Kamara, Saints, Ronald Jones, Bucs
Tandler on Twitter
So each team gets enough to cover the salary cap ($177 million) with $78 million to spare before selling a single ticket. Sure sounds like a league in trouble to me. https://t.co/S43QmyI4TA— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) July 16, 2018
Former Redskins offensive tackle Geroge Starke, one of the original Hogs, was born on this date in 1948.
—Training camp starts (7/26) 8
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 22
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 45
The Redskins last played a game 199 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 53 days.
In case you missed it
Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.
Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.
Worry no more.
Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine.
Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December.
This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.
This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."
The walk says it all 🦍 pic.twitter.com/jzG36iwela— Trent Williams (@TrentW71) July 17, 2018
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