By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Ankles aren't supposed to bend the way Santana Moss contorted his left foot in the end zone on Thursday. And if they do, there's usually some type of tear and pain involved.
When Robert Griffin III reared back and let the ball fly down the field in Santana Moss' direction, he was reminded of a lesson his college coach at Baylor, Art Briles, imparted on him.
More than a few times Robert Griffin III has scared Washington Redskins fans by remaining on the ground after a hit. When he didn't get up Sunday and it was clear he took a shoulder to the head, the fear became a reality.
Robert Griffin III's NFL debut somehow managed to match the excessive hype that preceded this day for months. How he got to that historic perch, though, is the strongest indication this is a new version of the Redskins' offense, not the anemic ones of previous last-place seasons.
The Washington Redskins continued the sweeping change at the wide receiver position Friday night in keeping seven on their final roster.
Kirk Cousins grew up a Chicago Bears fan and remembers going to Soldier Field as a kid. He and his father, Don, froze their way through subzero temperatures to watch the Bears, and quarterback Rex Grossman, beat the Atlanta Falcons one Sunday night in December 2005.
As the Miami Dolphins' all-time leader in receiving yardage, No. 2 in receptions and No. 3 in receiving touchdowns, Mark Duper knows about playing the position. So when some of Leonard Hankerson's uncles learned that their employer was a close friend of Duper's, they asked if the three-time Pro Bowler would tutor the young wideout, a rising junior at Miami.
Mike Shanahan didn't like what he saw Wednesday morning as the Washington Redskins went through position drills. Second-year wide receiver Anthony Armstrong drifted toward the sideline after catching a pass instead of sharply turning upfield. Shanahan was displeased enough to stop the drill and correct the mistake.
And so it began, another set of voluntary workouts for Washington Redskins players who were inclined to show up. Roughly 30 did so Tuesday morning, dressed in assorted T-shirts and shorts as they straggled onto a field in Northern Virginia. Inside linebacker London Fletcher was a conspicuous latecomer, arriving after the players had gone through warm-ups and split into their position groups.
"Once I saw where he threw it, where he placed the ball, I knew I had to put my burners on to play the ball," Robinson said.
"He said all week he wanted to dominate, and that's what he did today," wide receiver Aldrick Robinson said.