Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 5, 20 days before the NFL draft.
Why did the Redskins bring back Grossman?
When the news broke on Wednesday that the Redskins had re-signed quarterback Rex Grossman, a lot of fans were wondering why. Here are a few reasons:
—They need a solid third QB. With the status of the knee of RG3 uncertain, the Redskins need a solid backup to Kirk Cousins. Grossman may not be the quarterback that many wanted to see but he was available at the right price and he has won NFL games.
—He knows the offense. The last thing the Redskins need this offseason is to have to teach the “old” offense, the one run pre-RG3, to a new quarterback. They will need to give the reps to Cousins, who may have to start the season, and some to Pat White, who will emulate Griffin. Rex knows how to stay sharp without needing a lot of Reps with the first team.
—Griffin and Cousins leaned on him for advice. This is more of an added bonus than a reason to go out and sign Grossman but it is a very real factor. The three QB’s were a tight group last year and with all of turmoil surrounding Griffin’s injury and Cousins needing to handle more of the load it’s better not to break up the group.
—Arms for training camp. Even if the Redskins didn’t plan to keep Grossman into the regular season (they do) they need somebody to throw passes to the two dozen or so tight ends, wide receivers, and running backs who will be in camp. Teams typically have four QB’s in camp and the Redskins are likely to have five given Griffin’s condition. Since he knows the offense, Grossman could be valuable as one of those arms.
—He was one of the best available. Per our friends a Rotoworld, the only current free agent QB’s they had ranked higher than Grossman were Byron Leftwich, Brady Quinn, Matt Leinart, and Vince Young. It would be hard to argue that any of them is clearly superior to Grossman, especially given the other factors at work here.
Cousins talks about Pat White
In case you missed it
- Redskins will open preseason against Titans
- Will the Redskins draft a wide receiver?
- Cousins says signing White “a no-brainer”
- A big move brewing?
Days until: Offseason program starts 10; NFL draft 20; Minicamp 67
Tandler on Twitter
So no punishment for teams' questioning of prospects' sexuality at the combine because no rules existed. Why not just make some up?— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) April 4, 2013
I mean, since when did the lack of a written rule ever stop the NFL from punishing teams?— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) April 4, 2013