Injury is a persistent worry for dual-threat quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, who figures to venture outside of the pocket more than a conventional drop back passer.On Wednesday, though, the prized Redskins rookie allayed some of those concerns when answering a question about avoiding big hits while carrying the ball.Ive told people this from the get-go: If I need to slide or run out of bounds, Im going to slide or run out of bounds, said Griffin, whose 6 foot 2, 217-pound frame is lean and wiry. But if its fourth and one with sixth seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, I dont care who that linebacker. You better believe Im going to try to get in that end zone. So it just depends on the situation.As a sophomore at Baylor in 2009, he suffered a season-ending knee injury when he was crunched for a loss on a fourth-and-two option play against Northwestern State. The injury occurred on the final play of the opening series of the game. If its in the first quarter, Im going to slide and run out of bounds with the best of them, Griffin said Wednesday. But if the games on the line, dont expect me to try and slide or get out of the way.Griffin also said when he chooses to slide or run out of bounds, it will be out of respect for teammates and fans.I dont look at sliding or running out of bounds as a shot to my pride, he added. Ive done it before. Its the NFL. Guys are bigger, faster stronger and they hit a little harder, so I respect that. Ill also respect my teammates by making sure I stay healthy and make sure the fans stay healthy as well.
Things have gone downhill fast for the Redskins.
Washington turned in their worst performance of the season this past Sunday, falling to the lowly New York Giants 40-16 at home, marking four straight losses following a 6-3 start to the season. Quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was making his first start since 2015 in place of the injured Colt McCoy, did not last three quarters before he was benched for Josh Johnson. The team had signed Johnson, who had last thrown an NFL pass in 2011, just four days prior. Johnson had to play Madden in order to learn his teammates names.
Surprisingly, there is still a path to the playoffs, even with the team on their fourth quarterback of the season. On Sunday, they travel to Jacksonville for a clash with the Jaguars, a team that was just a few plays away from a Super Bowl berth earlier this calendar year. The Jaguars have been one of the most dissapointing teams in the NFL this season in terms of their preseason expectations, but present a tough challenge for the Redskins this Sunday nonetheless.
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REDSKINS vs. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS WEEK 15
Who: Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars
What: Game 14 of the 2018 NFL regular season
When: Sunday, Dec. 16. 1:00 p.m ET
Where: TIAA Bank Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida
TV Channel: CBS
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Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Point Spread: Jaguars, -7
Weather: 63 degrees, mostly sunny
REDSKINS at JAGUARS TV SCHEDULE:
REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Week 1: Sun., 9/9, @ Arizona Cardinals (24-6, W)
Week 2: Sun, 9/16, vs. Indianapolis Colts (21-9, L)
Week 3: Sun., 9/23, vs. Green Bay Packers (31-17, W)
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, (43-19, L)
Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (23-17, W)
Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (20-17, W)
Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (20-13, W)
Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (38-14, L)
Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (16-3 W)
Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (23-21 L)
Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (31-23 L)
Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (28-13 L)
Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (40-16, L)
Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Week 16: Sat., 12/22, @ Tennessee Titans, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
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The Redskins lost practice squad wide receiver Simmie Cobbs this week after the New Orleans Saints claimed the undrafted rookie.
On its own, that's not major news. Cobbs showed promise in training camp and many around Redskins Park believe he has made a lot of progress working on the scout team this fall.
Losing practice squad players happens, but the circumstances around Cobbs' departure are unique. For starters, the Redskins tried to keep Cobbs, but he decided to leave for New Orleans anyway.
On the surface, that move is obvious: Play with Drew Brees on a Super Bowl contender or play with a fourth-string QB on a team riding a four-game losing streak.
Dig deeper, however, and it's not that simple. None of this is.
Cobbs chose to go to a new team and a new city rather than the squad that signed him out of Indiana University.
Cobbs chose to learn a new playbook and new terminology with just three weeks remaining in the regular season rather than play in the offense he knows and has been practicing since May.
As Cobbs explained, it bothered him that the Redskins did not want to sign him until New Orleans made a move. He called it a "no-brainer" to go to New Orleans.
New Saints rookie WR Simmie Cobbs Jr.: "No brainer to come here." pic.twitter.com/65I7QZDm3d— Saints News & Analysis | NOLA.com (@SaintsNOW) December 14, 2018
Frankly, Cobbs is right.
For weeks, the Redskins have carried a bizarre five running backs on their 53-man roster, even as injuries forced significant churn on the offensive line. Washington has not kept more than three running backs active on game day, yet two more sit occupying roster spots. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson are absolute roster locks, but beyond that, none of the other rostered players have performed in a manner forcing the 'Skins to keep them.
Samaje Perine has only been active four games this season, and those were mostly due to injury. He has five carries this year. The Redskins decided to use one of their two injured reserve return designations for Byron Marshall, who has three carries on the season and is best known at this point for a key block he missed on the play that broke Alex Smith's leg. Kapri Bibbs has played relatively well in limited work, but in last week's loss to the Giants, he was inactive with Perine.
Add all of that up and it appears the Redskins have at least one more running back than they need. In their defense, Thompson's lingering ribs injury forced Washington to play it safe at running back for a number of weeks, but Thompson has now been back on the field for the last two games.
What does all of this mean for Cobbs?
Building a 53-man roster is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece must fit with the others, and players on the back end of the roster must be able to help on special teams.
Cobbs would fit that bill. And this week seemed like the obvious time to bring him up as Josh Doctson worked his way back from the concussion protocol and the team was carrying just five WRs total.
It's not like Washington was getting a lot of production at the receiver position anyway. Doctson's roster spot is locked in, as is Jamison Crowder's but after that are questions. Mauirce Harris has always shown great hands but he's been on and off the Redskins roster. Veteran Michael Floyd was a midseason addition that has five catches in 10 games. Brian Quick and Jehu Chesson are both primarily special teams players.
Cobbs, on the other hand, is an intriguing rookie with size and potential. The Redskins are 6-7, and while still in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot, the team is starting a fourth-string QB and playing their fifth and sixth-string guards.
Now isn't the time to take chances on an undrafted rookie; two weeks ago was.
Remember two weeks ago, when the Redskins only used 52 of 53 roster spots for a Monday night loss in Philadelphia? The team literally didn't fill out their full roster.
Let's not confuse Cobbs with Jerry Rice quite yet, but at the same time, let's look at the big picture.
The Redskins roster has been a mess due to injury, that's understandable. The team has been forced to carry more offensive linemen than expected, and the running back situation clearly dragged longer than the brass could have expected. At least, that's what fans should hope happened with the running back situation.
Regardless, the Redskins reluctance to give Cobbs a chance, even without much production or potential on the bottom of the WR depth chart, made his decision to join the Saints an easy one.