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While focus remains on Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III still has no job

While focus remains on Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III still has no job

While some may claim it's only about football, Colin Kaepernick remains without an NFL job at least in part due to his political activism. For Robert Griffin III, his lack of employment doesn't come with the same notoriety. 

While Kirk Cousins weighs his options to sign a very lucrative multi-year contract or play in 2017 for $24 million, the quarterback the Redskins selected second overall in 2012 doesn't even have an invite to an NFL training camp. 

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The facts aren't great for Griffin. He didn't play very well in Cleveland last season, and injuries cost him the bulk of the schedule. Injuries, and infighting with coaches, cost him his career with the Redskins. Still, RG3 was great for a period of time, and it's hard to believe some team would not want to give him a shot. 

Matt McGloin is on an NFL roster. David Fales in on an NFL roster. The 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year isn't at least as deserving as those guys?

In Cleveland last season, Griffin's numbers were ugly. He completed less than 60 percent of his passes in five starts, throwing two TDs and three INTs. He didn't look explosive, and hasn't for a few years. 

It's highly unlikely RG3 will ever get back to the level of football he played as a rookie in 2012. There is zero evidence to support that. Yet, Griffin should probably go to training camp, somewhere. Not as a starter, but if nothing else, his arm strength warrants consideration as a backup or third QB for camp. 

The reality for Griffin might be that NFL coaches would rather not deal with the attention he brings. It's entirely different than Kaepernick, but the social media posts from RG3 do bother people.

RG3 means well, but even at his Redskins peak, self-awareness was not his greatest strength. He did sit quietly behind Kirk Cousins in 2015, a model teammate, but perhaps the scope of Griffin's celebrity, still, is enough to scare off the rest of the NFL. 

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis were among those absent at Monday's open Redskins OTAs session, and both absences were surprising considering each player's somewhat unsteady spot on the roster.

Nicholson's second year with the Redskins was a struggle both on and off the field, while Davis is often mentioned as someone who might be in line for a contract restructuring or even a release. 

However, thanks to a video that the Redskins posted on Instagram, it's now clear that the safety and the tight end have since returned to Ashburn to work with their fellow teammates:

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It's an especially encouraging development for Nicholson, who should be doing whatever he can to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Whatever the reason for his absence was on Monday, it's a good sign to see that he didn't stay away too long. 

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Most OTAs absences don't matter, but Montae Nicholson's absence sure stands out

Most OTAs absences don't matter, but Montae Nicholson's absence sure stands out

Most of the time, if you're getting upset about an NFL player skipping voluntary OTAs, you're doing life wrong.

But if you're a Redskins fan who's a bit puzzled by Montae Nicholson not showing up to the early sessions of Washington's offseason workouts, you have a right to be.

Nicholson wasn't in Ashburn on Monday, a practice that was open to the media. There's been no indication that he's reported to the 'Skins since, either (UPDATE: Here's a video proving he has since returned, which is an encouraging sign). 

Now, this isn't a situation worth really freaking out about. Again, OTAs are voluntary, and it's totally possible Nicholson was working out somewhere else and feels that's how he'll be best prepared for 2019. 

Still, though, assuming he had nothing else serious going on, it's a questionable choice by the defensive back. And, according to Jay Gruden, it was a questionable choice he made on his own.

"Correct," Gruden answered Monday when asked if Nicholson skipping was based on the 23-year-old's decision. Gruden said earlier in his presser that he was "not really surprised" by it.

Perhaps the coach is telling the truth and he wasn't surprised. You can bet he was definitely annoyed by it, however.

Nicholson isn't an established player like Trent Williams or Josh Norman, other guys who weren't there when the Burgundy and Gold started this phase of the NFL calendar. He's a third-year safety with 22 up-and-down games to his name.

Not only that, he's just a week or so removed from the news that December assault charges against him were dropped due to a lack of evidence. You'd think someone who just learned that would be eager to get in front of Gruden and his coaching staff and try to repair his image.

After all, much of the same coaching staff who preferred to keep Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the lineup over Nicholson, even as Clinton-Dix struggled following his arrival, remains in charge.  

The starting spot opposite of Landon Collins is wide open, and of the options on the roster, Nicholson is the most talented. He also would fit nicely next to Collins, considering he's got the speed and ability in coverage when he's healthy and mentally right.

Speaking of Collins, he attended OTAs, despite the fact that he wasn't able to participate as he continues to rehab a shoulder injury. Yet there he was, involved and roaming the sidelines, encouraging his teammates and coaching up the younger DBs on various techniques and details.

One of those DBs Collins should've been coaching up is Nicholson, yet Nicholson was nowhere to be found. Plenty more reps await Nicholson over the coming months, but the fact that he wasn't there to claim the first helping of them is not the best way to start his path back into the starting lineup.

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