Redskins Notes: Griffin, Riley, Paulsen

The Redskins’ success in 2014 will be based on what version of their star quarterback shows up, writes Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. Steinberg believes that if Robert Griffin III gives a performance resembling his 2012, then the team will be a contender. If he plays the way he did last year, the team would likely fall out of contention early. Redskins’ offensive coordinator Sean McVay believes Griffin will be as good as he was as a rookie two years ago. “I don’t think there’s any question: he looks explosive,” said McVay.  “He looks like he is exactly what he was in the 2012 season. I think people underestimate when you have a brace on your knee how much that truly restricts you….So I think being able to take that off, he looks extremely explosive.”

Here are some other notes from the Redskins offseason:

  • The Redskins will have to make some interesting roster decisions come August, and John Keim of takes a few guesses as to what they will do. He predicts the secondary starters to be DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson at corner, with Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather at safety. Keim also sees it likely that the team will keep four running backs and one fullback on the roster.
  • Despite a down 2013, inside linebacker Perry Riley has something to prove going forward, writes Keim. Keim writes that he needs to improve his zone coverage, and continue to be stout but more consistent against the run.
  • Although Logan Paulsen sympathizes with his fellow tight end Jimmy Graham, he wants to be very clear that fair or unfair, he believes Graham is indeed a tight end, writes Tarik El-Bashir of likens the Saints’ star to his teammate Jordan Reed. He says that while both are playmakers and deserve to be paid for their production, Reed still attends tight end meetings, practices with tight ends, and lines up in place of the tight end in most formations.
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