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Wednesday’s Redskins Park Update

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 17, 2012 – 5:43 pm

Wednesday’s Redskins Park Update, brought to you by Redskins.com lead writer Brian Tinsman and Redskins.com blogger Andrew Walker.

Today’s update: What is the “identity” of the Redskins’ offense? Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan weigh in on that very topic.

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Robert Griffin III Among MVP Candidates

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 17, 2012 – 5:28 pm

Perhaps NFL.com Around the League editor Gregg Rosenthal has been paying attention to our MVR(edskin) polls after Redskins wins.

OK, probably not, but after six weeks of action on the gridiron, Rosenthal apparently agrees with you Redskins fans that quarterback Robert Griffin III deserves to be among those in the discussion for league Most Valuable Player.

Rosenthal today released his weekly “MVP Forecast,” and the dynamic Redskins rookie (not named Alfred Morris) came in at No. 6.

Here’s what Rosenthal had to say about Griffin III’s value so far this season:

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These Guns Will Be In Action Sunday

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 17, 2012 – 4:52 pm

(AP photo; Redskins Blog illustration)

The “referee with the barrel chest, chiseled jaw and Burmese pythons for arms” will be on duty Sunday for the Washington Redskins’ NFC East opener.

Ed Hochuli will be among the officials tasked with trying to keep a close eye on things as the Redskins battle the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Hochuli is easily the most recognizable football official around, and his cult following grew even more in recent weeks after the referees worked with the NFL on ending their lockout.

Instead of being booed by fans, the refs were welcomed back by cheers — though they didn’t last long. Gotta love the fans.

Here’s the full list of officials for Sunday’s Redskins-Giants game, according to Redskins Public Relations:

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Watch Niles Paul’s Hit Over And Over

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 17, 2012 – 1:42 pm

Niles Paul had one of those hits last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings that you just want to watch over and over again.

So here you go (courtesty of thevikingage.com).

Paul — a special teams ace when he’s not playing his usual tight end position — was asked all about the punt return smackdown on Vikings returner Marcus Sherels after the 38-24 Redskins victory.

“I just knew that was my opportunity to get down there, kicking it to my side, and make a big play,” he said, discussing the single coverage.  “I didn’t see [Sherels] fair catch it, so I just took my shot.

“I was looking around to make sure I didn’t get the flag because his helmet came off,” he continued with a grin.  “I didn’t feel like it was a helmet-to-helmet shot, I just threw my shoulder at him. If he didn’t fair catch the ball, that’s his fault.  I lowered my shoulder; felt like I made a good play.”

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More Flip Flops On All-NFC East Team

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 17, 2012 – 11:10 am

(AP photo)

You’ve got to feel for ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano, who is tasked each week with putting together his All-NFC East Team.

Graziano does a great job covering the NFC East, which means he has to be realistic when looking at each position and trying to figure out which players deserve the weekly nod. One position that has seen a two-man rotation has been at quarterback, where Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning have shared top NFC East quarterback honors the entire season.

Last week, it was Manning who was considered the top quarterback in the NFC East. This week, it’s Griffin III again, after his terrific all-around performance in the Redskins’ 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Graziano also made a couple changes in regards to other Redskins players on or off his list this week. First, the list itself, and then some commentary:

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Have A Free Lunch, Win Redskins Prizes

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 17, 2012 – 10:28 am

Who’s in the Washington, D.C., area, wants to have a free lunch and a chance to win free tickets to the Nov. 4 game against the Carolina Panthers at FedExField?

Yeah, I thought so.

Join the D.C. Lottery and the Washington Redskins alumni and cheerleaders around the city tomorrow for the “Tailgate Thursdays” event, which also feature the chance to win cash and prizes and throw the biggest Super Bowl party of your life with $15,000 in prize money.

Here’s the details for tomorrow’s “Tailgate Thursdays” event:

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Can Griffin III Win The Battle Of No. 10s?

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 17, 2012 – 10:14 am

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The Redskins on Sunday travel to New York to take on the Giants in Washington’s latest division-opening game since at least 1970.

That, of course, means it’s the NFC East debut of Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is coming off an electrifying performance in Washington’s 38-26 win last Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings. Griffin III completed 17-of-22 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown along with rushing for 138 yards and two scores on the ground to already become the Redskins’ single-season record holder for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

The quarterback on the opposing team, meanwhile, also happens to wear No. 10 and has a pretty impressive NFL résumé. Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champ and MVP, and this season ranks third in passing yards and seventh in passing touchdowns in the NFL.

Several analysts are wondering how Griffin III will fare in his first NFC East game, especially one away from FedExField. The NFL Network’s “Total Access” and experts Darren Sharper and Heath Evans recently guessed which No. 10 would outperform the other on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Here’s what they had to say:

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