Washington Redskins News
1-5-16: You like that! The Washington Redskins earned the No. 4 seed by winning the NFC East crown and looked sharp with the starters playing in the regular season finale. Their defense will get a stern test in the NFC Wild Card Round when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers play at FedEx Field.
12-28-15: One of the few teams that have clinched a playoff spot but cannot advance their position, the Washington Redskins will look to tidy things up before they host a playoff game at FedEx Field. Their Week 17 opponent is the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
12-22-15: You like that? The Washington Redskins pushed their winning streak to two games, which leaves them atop the NFC East by themselves. The Redskins can clinch a playoff berth by beating the Philadelphia Eagles on the road on Saturday night.
11-23-15: The NFC’s best team outclassed the Redskins as they fell to 4-6, one game behind the New York Giants. This Sunday they have a chance to have a share of first place when they host the Giants at FedEx Field.
11-9-15: The Washington Redskins will dust themselves off after losing to the undefeated New England Patriots and host a home game against the New Orleans Saints. The Redskins are two games back of the New York Giants in the NFC East.
10-20-15: A mistake-filled loss to the New York Jets has the Washington Redskins on a two-game losing streak. Kirk Cousins and the offense look to be better against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field, as the defense tries to lure rookie quarterback Jameis Winston into a mistake-filled day of his own.
9-29-15: The Kirk Cousins the Redskins don’t like to see came out to play in week three, as the erratic quarterback tossed two picks in a tough 32-21 loss to the New York Giants. Cousins did salvage his night with 316 yards and a touchdown, but Washington dropped to 1-2 in the process. While Cousins was a big part of the problem, the Redskins also had difficulty getting their previously elite rushing attack going. Rookie running back Matt Jones mustered just 38 yards on 11 carries and even lost a fumble. Starter Alfred Morris was even worse, as he worked his way to just 19 yards on six attempts. The Redskins will aim to stay ahead of the curve with their running game in week four, when they go to war with the Philadelphia Eagles.
9-22-15: Kirk Cousins bounced back from a shaky week one performance to execute at an extremely high level in week two, completing 85% of his passes in a 24-10 win over the visiting Rams. Cousins got a little help from his running game, as Matt Jones scored twice and combined with Alfred Morris for 182 yards on the ground. The Redskins were even more impressive defensively, as they held St. Louis to just 150 yards through the air and kept the clamps down on the Rams’ rushing attack, as well. It was a strong performance from top to bottom for the ‘Skins, who enter a big Thursday Night Football matchup against the division rival New York Giants. A win would push the Redskins to 2-1 and send the G-Men to an 0-3 start.
9-15-15: The Washington Redskins gave it a good go against the Miami Dolphins in week one, as they held a tight 10-10 tie early in the fourth quarter. Washington’s special teams ended up being their downfall, however, as Miami’s Jarvis Landry returned a punt 69 yards to hand the ‘Skins a 17-10 loss at home to begin the year. Washington found a good amount of success on the ground, as starting running back Alfred Morris mashed the Fins to the tune of 121 yards on 25 carries. Quarterback Kirk Cousins turned in an inconsistent effort, as he completed over 67% of his passes and connected with tight end Jordan Reed for a score, but also tossed two picks. Cousins performed slightly better than he was expected to, however, and may carry some optimism going into Washington’s week two date with the St. Louis Rams.
9-8-15: The Robert Griffin III era is officially over in D.C., as head coach Jay Gruden has handed the keys of the starting offense to Kirk Cousins and officially proclaimed the Redskins “his team”. RG3 will remain on the active roster, but until something happens with him, there will be ongoing speculation that he could be cut or traded. For now, the Redskins are focusing only on what is ahead of them, and that’s a tough home date with the Miami Dolphins. Cousins has his work cut out for him in his first start as the would-be franchise passer, but he has plenty of weapons around him with Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson (shoulder) and Jordan Reed (hamstring) all 100% entering the first game of the year. Washington will probably aim to take the pressure off of Cousins by establishing their running game with Alfred Morris and rookie Matt Jones, but accomplishing that against the beastly Ndamukong Suh may be easier said than done.
9-1-15: The Robert Griffin III era is officially over in Washington, as the Redskins have decided to make the switch to backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. The move was originally thought to be related to RG3’s concussion issues, but head coach Jay Gruden admitted the move was permanent for the 2015 season and that the Redskins were now “Cousins’ team”. Cousins earned the job with stellar play all preseason, and even looked sharp in Washington’s 31-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens this past weekend. Cousins now has just under two weeks to prepare to take on the Miami Dolphins in Washington’s regular season opener. With the quarterback position figured out and hopefully improved, the Redskins could approach 2015 with some optimism in the NFC East. The team will have to do so without pass rusher Junior Galette, who was lost of the year last week due to a torn Achilles.
8-25-15: The Robert Griffin III era came in question yet again this past weekend, as RG3 and the first team offense struggled immensely before the quarterback was knocked out of Washington’s duel with the Detroit Lions. Robert Griffin III took multiple big hits and was sacked three times before exiting the game with a concussion. RG3’s horrid play immediately sparked debate over whether or not he should remain the team’s starting quarterback, but head coach Jay Gruden stood behind him. While the passing game was a nightmare in a 21-17 win, the running game helped rescue the Redskins. Trey Williams, Chris Thompson and Matt Jones all produced averages of 5.2 yards or better, while Jones chipped in a touchdown. Kirk Cousins provided the deciding score late in the game, as he impressed by going 8 of 12 for 91 yards and the score. Should RG3 continue to struggle with consistency and his health, the Redskins could work closer to a switch to Cousins.
8-18-15: Robert Griffin III came out firing in his 2015 preseason debut, as he completed 4 of 8 passes for 36 yards and looked more comfortable than usual in the pocket. RG3’s debut could have been far better, had wide receiver Pierre Garcon not dropped a perfect would-be touchdown bomb. Kirk Cousins came in during the second quarter and was sublime, as he connected on 12 of 14 pass attempts and even adding a short rushing score. Washington’s running game was even better than their performances through the air, as Alfred Morris churned out 42 yards on eight carries and rookie bruiser Matt Jones put up 38 yards on five totes. Washington’s revamped defense was also solid overall, as they recorded five sacks on the night to help the ‘Skins get the 20-17 win. Washington will host the Detroit Lions on a short week when the second week of preseason action gets underway on Thursday night.
8-12-15: Jordan Reed is back on the shelf once again with a hamstring injury. After just being cleared last week and looking primed to snag the #1 tight end gig, he’s now once again unable to practice. Reed’s latest injury should keep him out of the ‘Skins preseason opener in Cleveland on Thursday night, while Niles Paul is now comfortably slated to be the team’s starting tight end. Washington has been no stranger to injury lately, as they’re dealing with star receiver DeSean Jackson also missing some time. D-Jax suffered a separated shoulder last week and is scheduled to miss roughly 1-2 weeks, but should be ready come week one. Needless to say, the Redskins will be without two of Robert Griffin III’s top offensive weapons when they take on the Browns on Thursday, making life harder on the quarterback as he tries to lock down the starting job under center.
8-5-15: The Washington Redskins have been very public about their desire to get better on the defensive side of the football all offseason and they put their money where their mouth is recently by taking a chance on stud pass rusher, Junior Galette. Just days after signing Ryan Kerrigan to a massive contract extension the team brought the troubled Galette into town on a two-year deal. Galette seemed to be a bit of a loose cannon in New Orleans (who released him) but if he keeps his head on straight in D.C. he could help the ‘Skins defense improve dramatically. A non-issue in camp has been any competition at the running back position, where Alfred Morris is still the clear-cut starter despite the drafting of Florida rusher, Matt Jones. There has even been talk about a long-term contract extension, which both sides could try to hammer out before the start of the season.
7-28-15: Any hope of the Washington Redskins doing anything this season starts and ends with quarterback Robert Griffin III. Change the record. It’s old news, but come training camp (starts July 29th), RG3 may be on his last leg in just his second season under Jay Gruden’s watch. Already written off by many experts around the league, Robert Griffin III’s success or failure in camp could go a long way in telling us all what kind of Redskins team we’ll see in 2015. Of course, the big battle comes on defense, where the Redskins were atrocious a year ago. A key to their progress could be DeAngelo Hall, who is returning from an Achilles injury but could still win the #2 starting corner gig. The 31-year old Hall will need a strong camp to hold off Chris Culliver, who the team signed to a four-year, $32 million deal this offseason.
7-22-15: A recent polling of NFL coaches declared Robert Griffin III “done” due to injuries and a lack of humility. Washington will have to hope that’s just a boatload of poor opinions, as RG3 succeeding remains the ‘Skins best hope at turning things around in 2015. Head coach Jay Gruden has had nothing but praise so far this summer, indicating RG3 has progressed in the offense and could still prove his doubters wrong. RG3’s play will be the biggest storyline heading into training camp, which opens for Washington vets and rookies on July 29th. RG3 isn’t the only player to watch during camp, as tight end Jordan Reed (knee) figures to be ready by the 29th. His health and role could be key for Washington’s offense, while rookie running back Matt Jones could spell Alfred Morris and give Washington even more depth in the backfield. The real story may come from the defense, where freshly signed defensive tackle Terrance Knighton looks to shut down the run and Dashon Goldson could bring an answer for the team’s woes at safety.
5-4-15: The Washington Redskins look to have enjoyed a successful 2015 NFL Draft, as they landed potential impact players on both sides of the ball. More importantly, they seem to have gotten players that fit their system perfectly and they appear to be rebuilding from the ground up. That was never more apparent than in round one, when they took stud offensive lineman prospect Brandon Scherff, who can anchor the right side at either guard or tackle. That should help clear lanes for power back Alfred Morris, while third round pick Matt Jones could operate behind Morris as a quality backup and a future starter. The ‘Skins also may have landed some solid sleepers, as pass rusher Preston Smith could be ideal as an edge rusher in their aggressive 3-4 system and offensive guard Arie Kouandjio is another stout run-blocker that could help round out the right side of the offensive line. Jay Gruden enjoyed a second draft, overall, netting the Redskins plenty of solid players to carry into camp. For a full list of their 2015 draft class, read on:
Round One - Pick 5: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
Round Two - Pick 38: Preston Smith, OLB, Mississippi State
Round Three - Pick 95: Matt Jones, RB, Florida
Round Four - Pick 105: Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke
Round Four - Pick 112: Arie Kouandjio, OG, Alabama
Round Five - Pick 141: Martrell Spaight, OLB, Arkansas
Round Six - Pick 181: Kyshoen Jarrett, S, Virginia Tech
Round Six - Pick 182: Tevin Mitchel, CB, Arkansas
Round Six - Pick 187: Evan Spencer, WR, Ohio State
Round Seven - Pick 222: Austin Reiter, C, South Florida
4-9-15: The Washington Redskins appear to for now be rolling with Robert Griffin III under center, and if that’s going to change it will likely happen through the draft. Things have otherwise stayed the same on offense, with Washington’s biggest move on that side of the ball being re-signing tight end Niles Paul. That could end up being a key signing down the road, especially given Jordan Reed’s history with concussions. Most of Washington’s moves have rightfully been on the defensive side of the ball, where the ‘Skins struggled badly in 2014. Terrance Knighton was brought in to shore up their run defense, while Stephen Paea and Ricky Jean Francois potentially offer solid depth. Chris Culliver, Trenton Robinson and Jeron Johnson were also added to help patch up a shaky secondary.
3-9-15: The Washington Redskins learned a lot during rookie head coach Jay Gruden’s first season. For one, Robert Griffin III might not be their future and that the playoffs might be a little further off than they want to believe. With that being said, the ‘Skins still have loads of talent on both sides of the ball and could make a significant leap in Gruden’s second season if they add the right pieces. Most of those pieces will need to come on the defensive side of the ball, as Brian Orakpo won’t be back and safety Ryan Clark has retired. Much of Washington’s rebuild will be coming in the draft, but the team has already retained tight end Niles Paul to help give them an insurance policy for the talented but oft-injured Jordan Reed.
12-29-14: Robert Griffin III completed 27 of his 41 passing attempts for 336 yards and scored two
touchdowns, but he committed three turnovers, as the Redskins fell to the visiting Dallas Cowboys, 44-17. Washington finished 2014 with a disappointing 4-12 record, but DeSean Jackson did catch two passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in the season finale.
12-23-14: Although the Redskins have had a very disappointing 2014 season, they played spoiler on Saturday, as they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-24. Robert Griffin III completed 16 passes for 220 yards, and DeSean Jackson had four receptions for 126 yards. While the quarterback did not get into the end zone and was intercepted once, Jay Gruden was happy with his performance.
12-17-14: Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. were too much for the Redskins on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, as Washington fell to the New York Giants, 24-13. Robert Griffin III threw for 236 yards and a touchdown, but he fumbled three times and was sacked on seven different plays. With Colt McCoy’s season over due to a neck injury, the Baylor product is planning to start the final two games of the season.
12-9-14: There was not much good news on Sunday for the Redskins when the St. Louis Rams shut them out at FedEx Field, 24-0. Unfortunately, Colt McCoy, who only threw for 199 yards, sprained his neck. DeSean Jackson was inactive for the loss to the Rams, and his shin injury does not look to be improving quickly.
12-3-14: Although the Redskins scored the first points of their game, they held onto the lead for only seven minutes. Washington allowed the Indianapolis Colts to score 21 consecutive points. However, Colt McCoy completed 31 of his 47 passing attempts for 392 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Redskins fell, 49-27.
11-26-14: The offensively-challenged Redskins fell to the San Francisco 49ers, 17-13. Another loss
with Robert Griffin III under center led to even more speculation of there being a quarterback controversy in the nation’s capital. Then, on Wednesday, Jay Gruden
confirmed that Colt McCoy will be starting for the Redskins against the Indianapolis Colts.
11-19-14: It does not look like the Redskins are going to have a terrific second half of the season like they did in Robert Griffin III’s rookie year in 2012. Washington hosted the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and only scored in one quarter while allowing the Buccaneers to score in every frame in the 27-7 loss.
11-12-14: The Redskins were on their way to winning their third straight contest, but they could not hold off the Minnesota Vikings. Washington has some time to work on its struggles as the team had its bye in Week 10. The Redskins will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, as Washington hopes to stay in the playoff race.
11-5-14: In Robert Griffin III’s return to the field, the visiting Redskins scored in every quarter. However, they allowed 15 points to the Minnesota Vikings in the final 15 minutes, as Washington dropped the contest, 29-26. The Redskins look to get back to their winning ways as they get their bye in Week 10.
10-30-14: The Redskins finally won a game against an opponent from the NFC East. Colt McCoy was the man under center for Washington in the 20-17 overtime victory in Dallas, as the Redskins snapped the Cowboys’ six-game winning streak. Interestingly, it will be Robert Griffin III who will start in Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings.
10-21-14: It was a crazy Sunday at FedEx Field, as the Redskins evened their home record at 2-2 on the season with their 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Although Washington played two quarterbacks, the team scored in all four quarters. After a frustrating offensive first half led by Kirk Cousins, the Redskins decided to go to Colt McCoy, and he threw a touchdown on his first pass. Unfortunately, Brian Orakpo tore a pectoral muscle, which will end his season.
10-14-14: Kirk Cousins completed 24 of his 38 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns, but the Arizona Cardinals intercepted him three times in the Redskins’ 30-20 loss. DeSean Jackson caught three of his passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Pierre Garcon also got into the end zone as Washington’s final score of the game.
10-8-14: While the Redskins have had a difficult schedule thus far this season, there have not been too many bright spots recently. They have not scored more than 17 points in either of the last two weeks and are currently on a three-game losing streak. A highlight of Monday night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks was DeSean Jackson’s 60-yard touchdown thrown by Kirk Cousins.
10-1-14: The Redskins could not continue the success for the home teams on Thursday nights this NFL season. They allowed the New York Giants to score the game’s first 14 points. Kirk Cousins, who played well the last couple of weeks, continued to lose as a starter as he threw four interceptions in Washington’s 45-14 loss.
9-25-14: The Redskins fought very hard on Sunday in Philadelphia, but could not get their second victory of the season. For most of the game, the Eagles were able to get through the Washington defense. However, Kirk Cousins continues to play well, as he accumulated a career-high 427 yards to go along with three touchdowns.
9-17-14: Robert Griffin III looked strong for the Redskins early in Sunday’s game at the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, but he left due to a dislocated ankle. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins filled in admirably as he completed 22 of his 33 pass attempts for 250 yards and a touchdown in the 41-10 victory.
9-10-14: The Redskins and Houston Texans came into Sunday with the two longest active losing streaks in the league. Neither team played very well on both sides of the football, but Houston’s defense destroyed Robert Griffin III and the rest of the Redskins’ offense. Unfortunately, tight end Jordan Reed could be out for multiple weeks with a hamstring injury.
9-4-14: Robert Griffin III seems to be ready for the 2014 season. He has pronounced himself the healthiest he has been in his career, and he will be able to show his skills on Sunday against the Texans in Houston. The Redskins’ play on the field has been overshadowed by their nickname controversy, so it looks like Washington’s squad has fallen under the radar heading into the season.
8-26-14: That was one ugly performance for Robert Griffin III on Saturday in Baltimore, as the Redskins fell to the Ravens, 23-17. He completed five of his eight pass attempts for just 20 yards and threw an interception. Griffin was sacked three times, and he would have had another interception on his stat line if it were not overturned by a pass interference penalty. On Monday, Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games for a helmet-to-helmet hit in this past weekend’s game.
8-20-14: While most eyes were on Johnny Manziel on Monday night, the Redskins came away with the victory against the Cleveland Browns. Colt McCoy’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Nick Williams late in the fourth quarter put Washington ahead for good. Robert Griffin III completed six of his eight pass attempts for 112 yards, but he threw an interception.
8-14-14: In Thursday’s preseason opener in front of their home crowd, the Redskins trounced the New England Patriots. Robert Griffin III completed two of his four pass attempts, but did not have DeSean Jackson to throw to in the game. Jackson’s tweaked ankle prevented him from playing, but he expects to be back for Monday’s contest against the Cleveland Browns.
8-5-14: The Redskins’ joint-team practices with the New England Patriots preceding their preseason opener on Thursday have been great for the team thus far. Not only has Robert Griffin III been able to talk to and learn from Tom Brady, but Griffin’s tight end Jordan Reed looks to be ready for a standout sophomore season.
7-30-14: While the debate over the Washington Redskins team name remains afire for negative reasons, the team is starting to feel more optimistic about their fortunes on the field. Third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III is looking “like his old self” in practice, while the team is expected to get several players off of the camp PUP list. Leonard Hankerson, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher were all placed on the PUP list to get camp going, but both Hankerson and Bowen are two names that could be cleared within the week. The team also added tight end Mike Caussin after he was cut by the Buffalo Bills. Out of the league for the past two years due to injury, Caussin faces an uphill battle to crack the final roster.
7-15-14: The positive reports continue surrounding third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has shed his bulky knee brace and reportedly has “rediscovered” his 2012 form. While the feeling is good on offense as the ‘Skins approach their July 23rd training camp, things aren’t so rosy on defense. Richard Crawford, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher are all nursing injuries and may not be fully ready for training camp. Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson may also open camp on the PUP list, while safety Tanard Jackson has received his second indefinite suspension in the past two years for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Jackson’s playing career may be over.
6-5-14: The news has been mostly good for Redskins fans so far this offseason, as onlookers at practice have said quarterback Robert Griffin III looks like “a different quarterback” in practices. RG3 experienced a tough 2013 season as he rushed back from a torn ACL, but will now enter 2014 over a year removed from the injury. Washington also named Bruce Allen GM and President on May 26th, while also completed all of their rookie signings on May 29th. The Redskins endured a brutal 2013 season, but a new head coach and the signing of explosive wide receiver DeSean Jackson offer a lot of hope for 2014.
5-19-14: The Washington Redskins were one of just two teams to not hold a first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Still, despite being at a disadvantage, they emerged from this year’s draft with some nice pieces added to their team. Here’s a look at their final draft class and how they fared:
Round 2. Pick 15 Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford
Round 3. Pick 02 Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Round 3. Pick 14 Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska
Round 4. Pick 02 Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
Round 5. Pick 02 Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
Round 6. Pick 10 Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Round 7. Pick 02 Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana
Round 7. Pick 13 Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas
Washington’s biggest needs were at offensive line and linebacker and they addressed both early. Trent Murphy was a slight reach in round two, though, as he’s most of a situational pass rusher than a linebacker or defensive end. The Redskins also landed a high quality offensive tackle with Morgan Moses in round three. Blessed with great size and long arms, Moses could step in and compete for playing time right away.
Running back Lache Seastrunk was the only other big name the Redskins brought in, as they added nice depth and versatility to their offensive backfield. Washington also managed to get some cornerback depth, but could have used an inside linebacker and more help on the defensive line. The Redskins found neither in the draft.
5-9-14: Joining the Indianapolis Colts, the Washington Redskins are the only other team that did not begin the 2014 NFL Draft with a first round selection. Their draft choice (which would have been #2 overall) went to the St. Louis Rams as part of the trade that landed them quarterback Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL Draft. Perhaps Redskins fans will look at the huge signing of wide receiver DeSean Jackson as a first round pick, and then cross their fingers the Redskins will focus entirely on defense throughout the rest of the draft.
4-28-14: The Washington Redskins are all in with quarterback Robert Griffin III, as they’ve surrounded him with elite talent on offense and even brought in a new offensive-minded head coach in Jay Gruden. With things looking set for the most part on offense, Redskins fans should expect their team to focus on improving a defense that was pretty bad a year ago. It won’t be the easiest of tasks with no first round pick this year, but right away in round two the ‘Skins will have to get to work on a shaky secondary and some pass-rushing depth. Washington did bring on veteran safety Ryan Clark in free agency, but he’s ancient and they’ll need to look at a long-term solution. Jimmie Ward is one name that pops off the board and continues to rise in the draft process. While the Redskins will certainly be plugging up holes on defense, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them grab some help for the offensive line. Cyrus Kouandjio is a stud tackle that could slide out of the first round. If he does, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Redskins take him with the 34th overall selection in round two.
4-18-14: Washington Redskins fans will get their first look at the Robert Griffin III and DeSean Jackson connection in week one of the 2014 NFL preseason, when the ‘Skins welcome the New England Patriots to town. While their week one battle with Tom Brady will be exciting, Redskins fans will see much more of their team in week two, when Washington travels to Cleveland to take on the Browns in a nationally televised contest. Week three generally offers the most exposure for starters, however, making the ‘Skins battle with the Baltimore Ravens a must-see event on the road. RG3 and the starters should look to rest up as the preseason concludes in week four in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers.
4-7-14: The Redskins started over from the top down, switching from head coach Mike Shanahan to Jay Gruden. Gruden backed quarterback Robert Griffin III right away and even started adding more pieces to the offensive puzzle to make sure the ‘Skins would be competitive again in 2014. The biggest splash came with the signing of former Eagles burner DeSean Jackson, who Philly had released due to character concerns. Gruden also added another shifty receiver in former Arizona wideout Andre Roberts, while beefing up the depth of the offensive line. On defense, Washington retained corner DeAngelo Hall, while adding talent to the defensive line with Jason Hatcher and safety with Ryan Clark. The Redskins had a successful offseason but will still want to search for long-term help in the secondary and at linebacker in this year’s draft.
3-21-14: The Washington Redskins will have a new look in 2014, as former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator takes over as the team’s new head coach. He’s wasted no time leaving his mark. The Skins’ have been active in free agency, bringing in slot receiver Andre Roberts, while holding onto several of their own key pieces such as safety Brandon Meriweather, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and inside linebacker Perry Riley. The biggest move of all was franchising elite pass rusher Brian Orakpo, however. Orakpo will be locked up for 2014 and the hope is to secure him to a long-term deal. While Washington being active during the offseason is key to their progress, anything the team does will start and end with quarterback Robert Griffin III. With news that he will no longer be supporting the bulky brace on his surgically repaired knee, Redskins fans can feel even better about the coming 2014 season.
12-31-13: Kirk Cousins incompleted a whopping 30 passes in the rain as the Redskins couldn’t get any offense going in a tough 20-6 loss to the New York Giants. I was the final nail in the coffin for head coach Mike Shanahan, who was fired following a disastrous 3-13 finish.
12-24-13: Kirk Cousins made his second straight started and threw a touchdown, but the Redskins still couldn’t finish off the Dallas Cowboys in Washington, dropping their week 16 battle, 24-23. Tony Romo drove down the field and connected with running back DeMarco Murray for the deciding score, handing Washington their 12th loss of the year.
12-17-13: Kirk Cousins made his first start of 2013 and just his second start of his career following the unceremoniously benching of Robert Griffin III. Despite some skepticism, Cousins responded with over 380 yards passing and three touchdowns. Three turnovers did Cousins and his Redskins in, however, as they fell to the Falcons on the road, 27-26.
12-10-13: With Washington’s season all but over heading into week 14, there didn’t seem to be much to play for other than pride. Even that wouldn’t be enough to keep the Redskins in this one. Kansas City stifled the Redskins on offense all day and Washington couldn’t overcome a 31-0 hole in their 41-10 home loss.
12-3-13: Robert Griffin III showed off his wheels (88 rushing yards) and didn’t turn the ball over, but the Redskins were sloppy overall and gave up five sacks in a tough 24-17 loss at home. Washington had one final chance late in the fourth quarter, down by a touchdown, but RG3 and co. couldn’t get down the field to tie the game. Pierre Garcon chipped in nine receptions for over 60 yards, but had a costly fumble.
Robert Griffin III continued to look fairly lost as a pocket passer on Monday Night Football in week 12, as he took four sacks and threw an interception in a highly ineffective performance. Alfred Morris added 52 rushing yards, but the ‘Skins simply couldn’t get anything going in a 27-6 loss at home. Colin Kaepernick connected with wide receiver Anquan Boldin for two scores and threw a third to Vernon Davis as the 49ers ran away with this one to get to 7-4 on the year.
11-19-13: Robert Griffin III tossed two touchdowns and had the Redskins in their week 11 matchup later, but Washington was inevitably doomed by costly turnovers and an efficient Eagles offense. Washington struggled to stop the Eagles on the ground all day, as all three of Philly’s touchdowns came by foot in a 24-16 road loss.
11-12-13: Alfred Morris ran for nearly 140 yards and Robert Griffin III picked apart the Minnesota Vikings through the air for three scores, but the Redskins mustered just three points in the second half and fell on the road, 34-27. The biggest blow came with the game on the line, where the Redskins failed on four straight tries from close range to find a way to send this one into overtime.
11-5-13: Fullback Darrel Young was the unsung hero for the Redskins in week nine, as Washington kept rolling with a fullback dive play that San Diego wasn’t stopping and Young scored three times in a 30-24 overtime win at home. The Redskins got the opening kickoff in overtime and marched right down San Diego’s throat for the winning score - a dive play by, who else, Darrel Young.
The Redskins and Broncos were supposed to engage in a fiery shootout. It didn’t go as planned. Robert Griffin III wasted a 21-7 lead and was mostly ineffective as Peyton Manning torched Washington for four scores and ran away with a 45-21 home win. RG3 actually left this game early due to a knee injury, which perfectly symbolized this particular loss.
10-22-13: Robert Griffin III got back on track with their second win of 2013 behind a surprising three-touchdown day from change of pace running back Roy Helu, as the Redskins moved to 2-4 with a big 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears at home in week seven. RG3 was stellar himself, as well, as he nearly threw for 300 passing yards, while rushing for 84 more yards on the ground and connecting with his receiving options for two scores. It was a big win for Washington, as they kept the hope alive of turning around their season against a tough opponent at home.
10-15-13: Robert Griffin III entered Sunday night’s showdown in week six with a 2-0 record against the Dallas Cowboys. It wouldn’t last. RG3 looked more himself as a runner in this one, rushing nine times for 77 yards, but still wasn’t completely there as a pocket passer. RG3 tied his interception mark from 2012 after just five games with his fifth interception of the year, and simply couldn’t generate enough offense on the road, as Washington dropped their first meeting with the Cowboys of the year, 31-16.
10-8-13: Terrelle Pryor returned from a concussion to play arguably his most efficient football of 2013, as he passed for two touchdowns and completed over 78% of his passes while playing mistake-free football. Pryor’s steady play assisted an Oakland offense that was without star running back Darren McFadden, as the Raiders took a 17-0 half-time lead and held off a late Chargers surge for a 27-17 win. The Oakland defense showed up for this one, as well, as they picked off Philip Rivers three times and saw Charles Woodson tie an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown return.
10-1-13: The Washington Redskins avoided an 0-4 hole in week four, as they got timely help from their defense and enough offense late to help them to a 24-14 road win against the Oakland Raiders. Defensive back sparked a lethargic Redskins team with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown, turning a 14-3 deficit into a game in the third quarter. Quarterback Robert Griffin III still didn’t appear to be quite himself for the fourth straight week, but was able to avoid any turnovers in this one, as he topped 200 yards passing and threw the go-ahead touchdown to Pierre Garcon in the third quarter to help give the ‘Skins the lead for good. Running back Roy Helu Jr. entered the game for the injured Alfred Morris to help put the game away with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
9-19-13: Robert Griffin III and the Redskins were stagnant on offense for the second week in a row, and have now failed to score an offensive point in the first half of two straight games. Green Bay took a commanding 31-0 lead in the game before the offense got things going in the second half, but once again for RG3 and co, it was too little, too late. The Packers held on 38-20 behind an MVP caliber performance from Aaron Rodgers, who threw a Packers’ record-tying four touchdowns. The Redskins look to rebound next week when they host the Lions.
9-10-13: Robert Griffin III made his long awaited return to the football field and took on Michael Vick and the up-tempo Eagles in what was an extremely hyped battle of mobile quarterbacks. It started ugly for the ‘Skins, who didn’t score an offensive point until the third quarter, but ended up being a very entertaining game with the offense staging a comeback late. In the end, RGIII ended up 30 of 49 passing for 329 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. Considering the injury he’s coming off of, it wasn’t a bad performance. Next up for the Skins is what should be a tough matchup with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field.
9-3-13: Here's a list of the Redskins final roster cuts: DE Chigbo Anunoby, DT Ron Brace, WR Dezmon Briscoe, LB Marvin Burdette, LB Will Compton, RB Tristan Davis, WR Skye Dawson, S DeJon Gomes, DE Dominique Hamilton, RB Jawan Jamison, WR Lance Lewis, C Kevin Matthews, CB Chase Minnifield, LB Roddrick Muckelroy, OT Xavier Nixon, TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi, OT Tony Pashos, LB Vic So'oto, OL Tevita Stevens, RB Keiland Williams, WR Nick Williams.
8-28-13: Robert Griffin III will start the Redskins' season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. With the news, Redskins tickets for the game have already jumped 5% and will probably keep going up as gameday approaches.
8-22-13: Robert Griffin III continues to progress in his rehab, leading many to believe that he will in fact be ready for the Skins season opener on September 9th against the Eagles. On Wednesday, RGIII worked against the starting defense for the first time in a full practice. Last week, Griffin took 49 snaps against the scout team defense.
8-21-13: The Reskins are now 2-and-0 on the preseason after defeating the Steelers 24-13 at FedEx Field. Rex Grossman was 10 of 16 on pass attempts for 133 yards, a TD, and an interception. The TD came on a 1-yard second quarter strike to Leonard Hankerson. Kirk Cousins attempted just 3 passes, completing 2 for 19 yards.. He also ran it twice for 14 yards. Cousin's action was limited because he had to leave the game in the 2nd quarter with a sprained right foot. Keiland Williams led the team on the ground with 8 carries and 39 yards. Roy Helu carried the ball just once, but made it count with a 30-yard TD run. This week, the Skins stay home to host the Bills.
8-11-13: The Redskins opened up their 2013 preseason schedule with a 22-21 win over the Titans. QB Pat White ran for a 9-yard TD run with 2:23 left and then found Emmanuel Ogbuehi for the 2-point conversion. Rex Grossman was 10 of 21 for 119 yards and a TD, while Kirk Cousins was 6 of 7 for 52 yards and a TD. Evan Royster led the way on the ground with 14 carries and 62 yards, while Roy Helu pitched in with 57 yards on 13 carries.
RGIII did not play, but there are reports that he will increase his workload.
7-22-13: After being evaluated by Dr. James Andrews, Robert Griffin III has been cleared to practice. Redskins training camp opens on Thursday.
7-10-13: The era of Robert Griffin III started with a splash in 2012, and despite a bad knee injury, could very well pick up right where it left off in 2013. The Redskins failed to make many huge moves in the draft or free agency, but return mostly intact on both sides of the ball, as 1,600+ yard rusher Alfred Morris helps anchor a stout offense, and seasoned veteran inside linebacker London Fletcher passes on retirement for one more go at it. That type of continuity with the talent the ‘Skins have in place could result in back to back trips to the playoffs.
6-12-13: For the Redskins, 2013 hangs in the balance until we know more about the status of superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III. Without RG3, the Redskins would have never won their final seven regular season games to win the NFC East and sneak into the playoffs. He was sensational in every way, and should he miss time or be less than his usual self, Washington will only be hurt by it.
Everyone knows a healthy RG3 is key in the Redskins’ turn around staying down a positive road, however, but if/when he is under center, it does go beyond him, as well. With running back Alfred Morris keeping defenses honest with his bruising, one-cut style, the only other question is if the gritty defense we saw down the stretch will become the norm, or if it will regress.
Redskins 2013 Draft Overview:
Round 2, Pick 19: David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
Round 3, Pick 23: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Round 4, Pick 22: Philip Thomas, SS, Fresno State
Round 5, Pick 21: Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State
Round 5, Pick 29 (from New England): Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
Round 6, Pick 23: Bacarri Rambo, SS, Georgia
Round 7, Pick 22: Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
1-9-13:-Redskins-Not much more than RGIII needs to be said when speaking of the Redskins impressive season. A playoff loss that featured Griffin III getting injured, requiring surgery will be the dark ending. But Redskins fans fear not, surgery was recently successful and he is on the mend for next season. Griffin III is going to be in a tight race for rookie of the year with Andrew Luck but whether or not he wins is will not change the fact that he had a stellar rookie season and is slowly budding into a great leader. The Redskins won the division and had a signature Monday Night football win against the rival New York Giants which sparked a hot streak and carried them into the postseason.
12-4-12: Coming off a huge and emotional win against the division rival Giants on Monday Night Football, the Redskins have won three in a row and are closing in on a playoff berth. Up next for them is their local rival, The Baltimore Ravens in what should be a marquee matchup for sure. Robert Griffin III has been on a tear as of late and has a great QB rating of 104. Division games against the Cowboys and Eagles will likely make or break the Redskins season.