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Sonny on RG3: 'It's going to be fun'

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Sonny on RG3: 'It's going to be fun'

Drew Brees wasnt the only quarterback at the Superdome on Sunday who was effusive in his praise of Robert Griffin IIIs debut performance.So was former Redskins great Sonny Jurgensen.He threw the ball when he got rushed, the Hall of Famer said outside of Washingtons locker room after the Redskins 40-32 victory. He threw it accurately when he got rushed. He had no throws that a quarterbackhasto make that he wasnt comfortable with.Griffin completed 19 of his 26 attempts for 320 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed the ball 10 times for 42 yards.In retrospect, Jurgensen said, the Shanahans decision not to tip their hand in the preseason turned out to be the correct one.I wanted to him to play more in the preseason, Jurgensen said of Griffin, who only attempted 31 passes and five rushes in parts of three exhibition contests. I wanted to see more of him because they werent showing us anything. On Sunday, we saw a new offense, the option, all of the different wrinkles they have off of that. We hadnt seen that.The big numbers Griffin put up against the Saints were impressive for a 22-year-old making his first NFL start. But what impressed Jurgensen the most was the discretion Griffin showed when the pocket broke down around him.Griffins ability to negotiate the fine line between knowing when to tuck the ball and run and when to extend the play and look downfield was never more apparent than on the Redskins first play of the second quarter. New Orleans Malcolm Jenkins flushed Griffin out of the pocket to the left on a safety blitz. Griffin, however, simply sidestepped Jenkins, cutback across the field and delivered a 26-yard strike to tight end Fred Davis along the right sideline.Hes got the big arm, and hes so quick and he buys time back there back there, Jurgensen said. But it was good to see him get out on the outside of the pocket a couple of times and he didnt elect to run. He still made the play with his arm.Jurgensen also praised Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for their play-calling, particularly on the Redskins opening drive. Griffin completed seven consecutive passes, culminating on an 88-yard touchdown connection to wide receiver Pierre Garon.They wanted to get him comfortable in the game at the beginning, Jurgensen said. Because the first six passes and completions were behind the line of scrimmage. That was playing on the mind of the defenders, because then they finally bit, and he was able to get downfield on the touchdown pass to Garon.Hes got a bright, bright future, Jurgensen added. Its going to be fun for us.

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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.

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