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.