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Topic - Roy Helu, Jr.
Whether or not the weather is a factor, expect the Redskins to spring Alfred Morris on a fading Kansas City defense.
There is little left for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to say now. The playoffs long ago fell out of reach for his team. There is nothing left to play for now besides pride and teammates. Not even Griffin's best first half of the season, a 16-for-17 passing performance where almost everything he threw was on target, could take away the sting of yet another loss, this time 24-17 to the New York Giants.
It was the game of Darrel Young's life. The genial fullback doesn't get much attention. The Redskins have so many other options at the skill positions, after all. But on Sunday afternoon against the San Diego Chargers, Young made a difference in a 30-24 overtime victory at FedEx Field.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was blunt with rookie running back Chris Thompson. "No matter how good you are, if you fumble you can't play," Shanahan said after Thompson's second turnover in two preseason games on Saturday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills.
Robert Griffin III had switched from a long-sleeved, black shirt to a white one, but his role in Washington's organized team activities at Redskins Park remained the same from a week ago.
All you can ask of any NFL preseason game is that (a.) players who need the work get the work; and (b.) everybody emerges with with their limbs and faculties intact. Well, everybody important, at least.
Not so long ago, the second most visible athlete in Washington, right behind the Redskins' starting quarterback, usually was Redskins' lead running back. You know the names — Larry Brown, John Riggins, Terry Allen, Earnest Byner, Stephen Davis, Clinton Portis.
One of the keys to quarterback Robert Griffin III's success in his rookie season with the Washington Redskins is an offensive line that should keep him healthy and off the ground more often than not. On Day 1 of training camp, that line took a significant hit.
In 2008, the Redskins finished as the NFL's eighth-ranked rushing attack. Clinton Portis ended the season with 1,487 rushing yards, good for fourth in the league. Things haven't been the same since.
In rookie minicamp earlier this month, Robert Griffin III already had the chance to prove to Mike Shanahan and the rest of the Washington coaching staff why he deserved to be the Redskins' first-round draft pick.