Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 25, 64 days before Redskins start training camp.
Does RG3 need to play in the preseason?
With Robert Griffin III looking spry out on the field during Thursday’s OTA session, the possibility that he could play in some preseason games seemed to be much more realistic than it did when the quarterback came out of surgery on Jan. 9.
But will he? Griffin doesn’t think he needs to. Here is what he said when he was asked if he would be OK with playing in the opener without taking any snaps in a preseason game.
“I have thought about that, and yes, I would be comfortable with that. That is all I can say. I have no control over whether I play or not in the preseason. I would be comfortable running out of the tunnel at FedEx Field with the smoke and everything.”
Mike Shanahan thought that practice time against his teammates would be sufficient.
“You’d have to practice against yourself, not necessarily against an opponent. One of the reasons for that, he’d have to work with the first-team offense and he’d have to have some practice time.”
This is the proper way to play it at this point in time. There is a possibility that no matter how good Griffin looks right now he won’t get medically cleared in time to participate in the preseason. Therefore he might have to play in the regular season without a preseason tuneup appearance.
Let’s say Griffin can’t play until Week 3. They can’t schedule an exhibition game in between the Packers game and the Lions game to give Griffin a chance to play against teams in different uniforms. He will have to get up to speed in practice and then enter the fray in a game that counts.
Or, Griffin could get cleared to play a week or two before the season starts. That will leave him with either no preseason games left or only the fourth one, which is usually played by backups, camp fodder and future beer truck drivers. It would be surprising if Shanahan put Griffin out there for that game.
Shanahan might play him in the third preseason game, when the starters usually play into the second half. For Griffin to get a full week of practice for that game, which is against the Bills on Saturday, Aug. 24, he will have to be cleared on about the 15th of August. (The Redskins play a Monday night preseason game against Pittsburgh on the 19th so they won’t have conventional practices for a few days leading up to it.)
That would be full clearance for contact seven months and a few days after full reconstructive knee surgery. It certainly seems possible given the way he looked on Thursday. But because it’s possible doesn’t mean that it’s necessary.
Having Griffin to into the opener against the Eagles without having played in a preseason game is not ideal. But it may be a better option than getting him out on the field a week or so too early just so he can participate in a practice game.
Cousins’ turn in the sun
While Shanahan and RG3 drew all of the attention at the podium at Redskins Park yesterday, they guy who is currently holding down the spot as the Redskins No. 1 QB took some questions as well. Here’s a bit of what Kirk Cousins had to say.
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Days until: Minicamp 18; Preseason opener @ Titans 76; Eagles @ Redskins 108