NFC East: Quan Sturdivant

Robert Griffin III report

August, 15, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- Highlights from Robert Griffin III's practice, his second working against the Redskins' scout team:

1. Had to miss most of Robert Griffin III’s practice to hop on an important work phone call. However, I do know he completed 14 of 15 passes during work against the scout team, again running a variety of plays. Griffin took 21 snaps, five more than he did the previous day -- his first time in any sort of 11-on-11 drills. “I thought he was really sharp today,” Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur said. “I didn’t see a lot of hesitation in his decision making. His footwork was clean. He had a good day.”

2. LaFleur's best quote was about Griffin's health in general and if he noticed any issues with his back (and plant) leg. Early in camp Griffin didn't always plant and drive with authority. He pushed off gingerly other times. But that hasn't been the case for a while. "I noticed a little bit early when he first started back. Now, I do not notice it," LaFleuer said. Neither do I.

3. Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan also said Griffin looked sharper than he had Wednesday, though he felt that way about the entire offense. There’s a natural progression for Griffin. “He’s getting his health back, and now it’s just about getting the rust [off] and trying to get those reps,” Shanahan said.

4. The Redskins drilled Griffin on the side every day during practice until he returned to full-team work against the scout team Wednesday, trying to simulate movements in the pocket. Thus far against the scout team, Griffin has not made any off-scheduled plays on dropback passes. That’s a good sign for him as a passer. “He has been able to get the ball out and get rid of it,” Shanahan said. “He hasn’t broken the pocket. I think we had two keepers with him today -- or bootleg, whatever you guys want to call it -- where he is faking the outside zone and running the other way. So he has had some design scrambles but he has been able to get rid of the ball before leaving the pocket in dropback plays.”

5. Shanahan said that even though Griffin isn’t being tackled -- no quarterbacks in any camp ever would be -- or even hit, they can get him used to dealing with the rush. “You definitely have to move, you definitely have to react just to move in the pocket and make the reads.”

6. Yes, Shanahan was asked if he plays the middleman in the Griffin-coach Mike Shanahan relationship. The short answer? No. Here’s his long answer: “Middlemen mess things up. I would rather those two communicate to each other. I understood his frustrations. I am just as frustrated. The whole team, everybody wants him out there. Me being young and everything, I want him out there the very first day. I don’t have much experience in this. The main thing is we can’t risk him getting hurt. As hard as it is, as frustrating as it is for him, myself, the head coach, every player out here, it is what we have got to do. We have to keep him healthy that is the most important thing and make sure he is definitely ready to get out there and I think we have been smart about that.”

Notes: Linebacker Brian Orakpo left practice early with a bruised right quad. ... The Redskins signed linebacker Quan Sturdivant, who spent part of last season on Kansas City’s practice squad. Sturdivant, a sixth-round draft pick in 2011, can play inside. ... There is no practice report today. Will have one after Friday’s practice.

NFC East links: Will Colombo be back?

April, 12, 2011
Dallas Cowboys's Calvin Watkins compiled a list of 10 Cowboys players who might not return in 2011. Topping the list: offensive tackle Marc Colombo.

In a recent interview with KESN-FM, linebacker Keith Brooking said, "fans can be assured that we’re going to be prepared as we can possibly be, considering, and we’ll be ready for the start of the season."

New York Giants's Ohm Youngmisuk looks at where the Giants stand with their defensive line and which D-linemen the team could target in the draft.

Shaun O’Hara, Ahmad Bradshaw and Zak DeOssie will participate in the NFLPA's draft events that will celebrate past, present and future football players during draft weekend.

Philadelphia Eagles's Sheil Kapadia evaluates the Eagles' 10 first-round picks during the Andy Reid era.

Phillip Hunt, a defensive end the Eagles signed in February after two productive seasons in the Canadian Football League, could be a diamond in the rough.

Washington Redskins

Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram will visit the Redskins and Bucs this week.

Linebacker Quan Sturdivant and defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan will visit the Redskins Tuesday.

Giants mock draft 4.0

April, 6, 2011
Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have released their newest mock drafts and there’s one slight change. The ESPN NFL draft experts had Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey as their choice at 19 for the Giants in their previous mock drafts.

Here are their takes this week with picks for the first three rounds:

Kiper: 19. Mike Pouncey, OL, Florida

“I don't think Pouncey is quite as versatile as his brother, who was taken at No. 18 overall last year and became a Pro Bowl player in his first year with the Steelers. But Mike offers a very similar skill set. He can play guard or center, gets to the second level very well and should help the Giants in the running game. I'd slot him in at guard to start and only look for help at center in a backup role, but he's easily the top interior lineman in the draft.”

McShay: 19. Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

“The ideal scenario for the Giants is Pouncey falling to them, and trading back is also a possibility if the right player is not available. Their biggest need is for a difference maker at linebacker and (Mark) Ingram could also be in play, but with no impact linebacker available the best offensive lineman on the board would be the best option. Castonzo could play inside at guard as a rookie and then kick out to tackle, or the Giants could plug him in at tackle immediately and shuffle their existing personnel. Either way, Castonzo has the ability to be a quality starter for the next decade and the Giants would do well to start addressing the future of their offensive line.”

52. Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina
McShay: 52. Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

Kiper: 83. Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida
McShay: 83. McClain, DT, South Florida

OHM’s take: McShay has Pouncey going 15th overall to the Dolphins, who would be passing up on Alabama running back Mark Ingram.

If that were the case, the Giants would have to think about Ingram if he were available at 19 with Ahmad Bradshaw potentially becoming a free agent. Even if they re-sign Bradshaw as expected, the Giants can start thinking about the future at running back. Brandon Jacobs is under contract for two more seasons but trying to keep both Jacobs and Bradshaw could be too expensive.

Of course, if Ingram’s knee scares teams away, the Giants’ best value at 19 may be offensive line. There are plenty of defensive linemen available and of value at 19 and I would never discount Jerry Reese from taking a defensive lineman in the first round. In McShay’s mock, he has the Giants passing on Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers, a defensive end who has top-10 talent but is also a medical risk.

With free agency likely coming after the draft and uncertainty surrounding free agents and restricted free agents, the Giants have to protect themselves with offensive linemen Shaun O’Hara, Rich Seubert and Adam Koets all rebounding from surgeries. That doesn’t include Shawn Andrews, who had back issues last year.

Pouncey would give the Giants a center for the future and one who can start there or at left guard in case O’Hara and Seubert are not physically ready for the season. Pouncey, though, tweeted that he would be shocked if he weren’t a Cowboy after he visited Dallas. The Cowboys draft ninth overall and that would be a lot higher than most mock drafts have Pouncey going.

Castonzo is on the Giants' radar as offensive line coach Pat Flaherty ran Castonzo through drills at Boston College’s Pro Day.

Both Pouncey and Castonzo make sense for the Giants and fill a need. The Giants’ other greatest need is at linebacker and Kiper has the Giants drafting a linebacker in Sturdivant in the second round. McShay has the Giants going with Williams, the Virginia Tech running back who could be one of the top three backs in the draft. McShay had the Giants drafting Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure in his previous mock draft.

And in the third round, it’s interesting that both Kiper and McShay have the Giants drafting McClain, the defensive tackle who was Jason Pierre-Paul’s teammate at South Florida. McClain would certainly provide insurance in case the Giants don’t re-sign Barry Cofield, who said he will consider asking for a trade if he doesn’t receive a contract extension and has to play for a restricted free agent tender.

So what do you guys think of the latest mock drafts? Tell us below.