Redskins make roster cuts, keeping Pat White as fourth quarterback
“Were going to say Washington football team.’ And its not something were going to publicize or write about. Were just not going to do it.” [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] What will be interesting to see is whether Sports Illustrated as a whole will follow MMQB’s lead. MMQB, for those not familiar, is a boutique site set up around Peter King, the longtime SI fixture with extensive NFL credibility. Of note: King told The Big Lead that “no final decision has been made.” ( The “Washington Redskins” tag remains live on the site.) Slate made news a few weeks ago by noting that it wouldn’t refer to the Redskins by name. But that’s a different media outlet, one with little reason to cover an NFL team.
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But is the pain worth the gain? Griffin was contacted on 33 of 44 option keeps last season and 71 times on all rushing plays (scrambles and designed runs), second among all quarterbacks ( Cam Newton , 100). Washington averaged nearly a yard more per rush on option plays than non-option plays last season, so, if Mike Shanahan does sacrifice some of the team’s zone-read option to protect Griffin, the rushing game could suffer. It’s not solely hits on rushes the Redskins are worried about, though. Griffin was hit an additional 99 times last season either while throwing or by taking a sack. In Week 3 against the Bengals, Griffin took a season-high 27 hits. The Redskins will welcome back linebacker Brian Orakpo from injury this season. Orakpo’s presence should particularly help with Washington’s standard pass rush as 22 of his 29.5 career sacks have come with four or fewer pass-rushers.
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It wasn’t necessarily a rookie mistake because it wasn’t the firstor the lasttime Griffin had been in that situation. Against the Atlanta Falcons , Griffin took the snap out of the shotgun, rolled to the right to escape pressure in his face, briefly thought about throwing it away, took off running and initiated a similarly awkward slide/dive before taking a huge hit that resulted in what was then called a “mild concussion.” Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports Whether it be in Week 5 or Week 13, Griffin made the same mistakes and cost himself the rest of the game while also jeopardizing his future playing career. As much as they probably want to, the Redskins can’t do anything about Griffin running into dangerous situations. It’s part of what makes him such a dangerous player: He can turn a busted play into a highlight reel. Just look at his 76-yard run against the Minnesota Vikings , where he angled towards the sideline, causing the defenders to pull up, before taking off down the sideline for the touchdown.
Redskins final cuts: Pat White makes team as 4th quarterback
Cofield himself has no such concerns, according to Brian Tinsman of Redskins.com . Even if Cofield does falter, the Redskins can turn to some intriguing options in reserve. They include 2011 seventh-round pick Chris Neild, a natural nose tackle, who missed last season with a torn ACL. Neild looked good as a rookie, and if he can recover that form, the Redskins will have a great deputy to rotate with Cofield. They can also move Baker back inside to clog the middle if necessary. Overall, the Redskins official website have ample talent and options at the most important position on their 3-4 defense.
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The team kept four quarterbacks, including former West Virginia star Pat White. Thats an unusual move, but White did enough to impress during training camp after a three-year absence from the NFL. He was a 2009 draft pick by the Miami Dolphins following a brilliant college career. Corner back Chase Minnifield was cut and corner Jerome Murphy was kept. Running back Keiland Williams was cut, too, and received an injury settlement. The Redskins decided to go with Evan Royster and rookie Chris Thompson at that spot. They join Alfred Morris and Roy Helu, who were in no danger. Thompson returned a punt for a touchdown in Thursdays preseason win over Tampa Bay. Williams also suffered a sprained left shoulder on Thursday and, according to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, he is seeking a second opinion this weekend.
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Thompson was inserted as a punt returner, replacing injured cornerback Richard Crawford. He responded with a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Redskins final preseason game. Yes, it happened in a preseason game against players that may never play in the NFL again. Still, Thompsons return provided a spark that a Redskins punt returner hasnt provided for a long time. It was a huge psychological lift for Thompson, considering that he had fumbled twice while carrying the football as a running back in the preseason. Putting the ball on the ground as a rookie is a sure way not to make the opening day roster. Thompsons punt return against the Buccaneers was the equivalent of hitting a walk-off grand slam with two outs, two strikes, and a three-run deficit. As a result, he was added to Washingtons 53-man roster for the 2013 NFL season.
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Griffin’s backup, Kirk Cousins, suffered a foot sprain in the second preseason game and sat out the last two preseason contests, but he also is scheduled be back for the opener against Philadelphia. That left 10-year veteran Rex Grossman and White, who’d been out of football since being released by Miami in the 2010 preseason, to fight for the No. 3 spot – or so the conventional wisdom said. Neither player is on the list of players released by Washington on Saturday. The Redskins let White take all the snaps at quarterback in Thursday night’s 30-12 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. White completed 13 of 22 passes for 181 yards, although he threw an interception that was returned for Tampa Bay’s only touchdown.
I have a lot of passion for it. I love it. Ive been playing it for a while now. I took a little break, which was a huge mistake on my part. But everything happens for a reason.
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Jackson was close to sacking Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon in the preseason finale, but offensive lineman Mike Remmers was standing in the way of his take down. It would have been a great time to use one of those nifty hand techniques Washingtons defensive coaches taught him. Jackson could have continued applying pressure and hoped it might result in an incomplete pass or interception. Realizing he was beat and trying harder on the next play was also an option. Nah.
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Minutes after the Washington Redskins quarterback tweeted to the world that he was “Cleared for Takeoff” in his return from major knee surgery, the coach kept him sitting on the runway for a least a few more days, declining to name Griffin as the Week 1 starter. There is agreement on one very important matter. On Thursday night, when the Redskins were in Florida to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Griffin was cleared to play after being examined yet again by Dr. James Andrews, a remarkable development that comes less than eight months after he repaired Griffin’s right knee in January. Then it gets murky. Griffin celebrated the news by tweeting: “Operation Patience….Complete. Cleared.