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Topic - Jon Jansen
Excitement and hype lived up to, check. Prolific statistics for a rookie quarterback, check. Football sense belying limited experience, check. Robert Griffin III has been everything the Washington Redskins hoped for.
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Rock Cartwright always has been in Washington coach Joe Gibbs' core group of true Redskins even when he hardly played except on coverage teams in 2004 and 2005. But Cartwright, who has played for the Redskins longer than any current player except offensive tackles Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels, snapper Ethan Albright and fellow backup running back Ladell Betts, might be in his final days in the District.
TEMPERATURE CHECK Cold: Jon Jansen Veteran Redskins tackle might be gone for a long time
No NFL team is truly prepared for losing a key player, especially a Pro Bowl left offensive tackle. You can spend years building line depth and teaching guys to play multiple positions, but you're still going to feel it — right between the eyes — when your quarterback's blindside bodyguard goes down.
Left tackle Chris Samuels is out, perhaps for another three weeks. Right guard Randy Thomas still is working his way back from knee surgery in June. After a career at right tackle, Todd Wade is trying to get the hang of a left guard spot filled the previous four years by the departed Derrick Dockery.
SEEN AND HEARD
SEEN AND HEARD
The moment Alex Buzbee realized it still was just football, all his anxieties faded.
"The nice thing I like watching Robert is that from Week 1 to Week 8, he's a different player," Jansen said. "And he's learned from those mistakes. You don't ever see him really make the same mistake twice. That's what you want to see from a young quarterback."
"Just his pocket presence," Jansen said. "He can escape a lot of things, but the ability to stay in there a little bit longer and wait some things out instead of just always getting out and running and getting outside the pocket."