2013 DRAFT GUIDE
No 'Hawaiian Punch guy' in NFL for RG3, Redskins

By JOSEPH WHITE - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-30 17:35

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Santana Moss reached way back into the pop culture playbook to explain why Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins are having trouble completing the long ball.

''It's like the Hawaiian Punch guy,'' the veteran receiver said Wednesday. '''You want a Hawaiian Punch?' `Sure.' He got punched in the face. That little commercial was funny. My coaches always said in high school, `We're not going to be the Hawaiian Punch guy.'''

That 20-second cartoon aired decades ago, but Moss said the moral of the story remains relevant: If you don't learn from your mistakes, you're going to repeat them and end up looking silly. Because NFL defenses don't want to look silly, they're not letting Griffin do many of the things he did so well last year, such as hitting open receivers deep downfield after a fake handoff in the read-option.

The numbers back that up. In passes that travel 21-plus yards through the air, Griffin is 5 for 24 with two touchdowns and three interceptions for a 43.1 rating. Last year he was one of the best when he let it fly: 15 for 39 with seven touchdowns and one interception for a 115.1 rating.

''Robert was new to the league,'' Moss said, ''and lot of things that he did wowed people because they didn't know what the hell was going on. They didn't know if he was going to tuck it, if he was going to run it, they didn't know. Defenses would sit back and say, `Hey, we got to find a way to prevent him from doing that.' When he's on doing that, then everything's wide open because you don't know what to stop. But when he's not, then we have to be a little more creative and say `Hey, let's find a way to beat them without running Robert and doing the things that we did last year.'''

Still, it's somewhat perplexing that the Redskins' passing game has struggled so much, given that they have the same pieces from last year - and then some. Receivers Pierre Garcon and Joshua Morgan and running back Roy Helu are healthier, and rookie Jordan Reed looks like a star in the making.

Instead, the record is 2-5 headed into this week's game against the San Diego Chargers, and players are doing their best to keep the frustration from boiling over. Garcon proclaimed in training camp that the Redskins offense could be the best of all time; now he says the passing game stinks.

''Defenses have adjusted to us,'' he said.

Morgan's offensive role has decreased. He had only 19 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos and says he no longer splits first-team offensive snaps with Leonard Hankerson in practice.

''Nobody's happy when you get a reduced role,'' Morgan said. ''You just go out there and whatever the coaches ask you to do, you just do it.''

Morgan's spot duty is part of coach Mike Shanahan's elusive pursuit of a reliable starting wideout to complement Garcon.

''I think we do have a second guy. Who that guy is right now, I'm not sure,'' Shanahan said. ''We've got to have a guy step up. We've got guys with the ability to be No. 2, but you want to take control.''

Also frustrated is tight end Fred Davis, who was curious as to whether the Redskins would ship him away before Tuesday's trade deadline. Eclipsed by Reed, Davis has been inactive for the last two games.

''I like it here. I was drafted here,'' Davis said. ''But at the end of the day, I just want to play. If I can't play here, then I did want to play somewhere else.''

Moss and Shanahan said the offense as a whole is still recovering from the offseason surgery on Griffin's right knee, which kept him out of spring practices and all of the preseason games. Defenses have adjusted accordingly.

''They know Robert is not exactly the same as he was a year ago,'' Shanahan said. ''And so we are going to get different defenses. That's very obvious. But, as you can see, the last few games that speed has come back, and he's feeling more comfortable.''

Notes: Griffin took part in the full practice Wednesday. Shanahan said the injury to Griffin's left knee that caused the quarterback to leave Sunday's game early is now a ''non-issue.'' ... S Reed Doughty practiced fully after missing Sunday's game with a concussion. ... Shanahan said the league has rescinded LB Brian Orakpo's $15,750 fine for roughing the passer in the Oct. 20 game vs. Chicago.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Josh MorganApr 22 09:52a

Chicago Bears WR Joshua Morgan is likely to compete for the No. 3 or 4 wide receiver role this year, and he'll compete with WRs Domenik Hixon, Eric Weems [ More ]

Will HillApr 22 09:33a

New York Giants FS Will Hill is facing a year-long suspension after reportedly failing another drug test. He will appeal what would be his third drug-related suspension.

Kyle WilliamsApr 21 09:33p

The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed WR Kyle Williams Monday, April 21. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Colt AndersonApr 21 07:12p

The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent FS Colt Anderson (Eagles) to an undisclosed deal Monday, April 21.

Jamar TaylorApr 21 06:43p

Miami Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor (groin) is healthy following hernia surgery and began offseason workouts with his teammates Monday, April 21. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said he expects [ More ]

Dustin KellerApr 21 05:42p

Eugene Parker, agent for free-agent TE Dustin Keller (knee), said Keller is ready to participate in offseason workouts when he signs with a team.

Eric FisherApr 21 05:12p

Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (shoulder, hernia) said there is no timetable for his return following multiple surgeries, but he doesn't think he'll be out for long. 'He's [ More ]

Josh MorganApr 21 04:02p

The Chicago Bears have signed free-agent WR Joshua Morgan (Redskins) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A.J. GreenApr 21 03:32p

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he has added around six pounds this offseason, because he wants to be more physical as a way to beat coverage at the [ More ]

Michael VickApr 21 02:42p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he believes he will be the starting quarterback this upcoming season even though the team added QB Michael Vick this offseason. He [ More ]

Navorro BowmanApr 21 02:12p

The San Francisco 49ers plan to place LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list when training camp begins, because he is not expected to be [ More ]

Eric FisherApr 21 02:02p

Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (shoulder, hernia) underwent shoulder surgery and had a procedure to fix a sports hernia. He's currently rehabbing in Kansas City.

Tony CarterApr 21 01:22p

The Denver Broncos signed DT Mitch Unrein to his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 21. CB Tony Carter, SS Duke Ihenacho and LB Brandon M. Marshall all signed their exclusive rights tenders.

Rolando McClainApr 21 01:02p

Baltimore Ravens LB Rolando McClain is retiring from the NFL again Monday, April 21. 'I gotta follow my heart. It ain't football. If football made me complete I would [ More ]

Tony RomoApr 21 12:42p

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will take part in the team's voluntary offseason program beginning Monday, April 21, according to a source. Players are allowed to lift weights, [ More ]

Marcus LattimoreApr 20 09:12p

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) is not expected to be restricted in any way when offseason workouts begin.

Michael EgnewApr 20 08:42p

The Miami Dolphins likely will add at least two more tight ends this offseason that will compete with TE Michael Egnew for a roster spot.

Armon BinnsApr 20 12:02a

Miami Dolphins WR Armon Binns is currently the team's No. 4 receiver, but the Dolphins have had discussions about WR Rishard Matthews replacing Binns at the spot, according to a source.

Tyrone CrawfordApr 20 12:02a

Dallas Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford (Achilles') is expected to be ready for the team's offseason program, and he is expected to be a key piece to the defense this season.

M. Jones-DrewApr 20 12:02a

If healthy, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the team's starting tailback with RB Maurice Jones-Drew as his backup.

Brian HartlineApr 20 12:02a

Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of mini camp, according to a source. He suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in the 2013 regular season finale.

Terrelle PryorApr 19 01:02p

The Oakland Raiders will release QB Terrelle Pryor if they are not able to trade him by Monday, April 21.

LaMichael JamesApr 19 12:22p

The Kansas City Chiefs could consider pursuing San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James if he could become a slot receiver. The team likely would not have interest in James [ More ]

Matt HasselbeckApr 19 12:22p

Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck plans to retire after the 2014 season.

Asa JacksonApr 19 12:12p

Baltimore Ravens CBs Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson are expected to compete for the No. 3 cornerback job during training camp. If the team takes a cornerback in one [ More ]

Michael FordApr 19 11:32a

The Chicago Bears probably will select a running back in the later rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft to compete with RB Michael Ford for the No. 2 running [ More ]

Jordan PalmerApr 19 09:52a

The Chicago Bears could target a quarterback in the late rounds of the NFL Draft or in free agency to provide competition for backup QB Jordan Palmer.

Cam NewtonApr 19 09:32a

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) remains in a walking boot about a month after ankle surgery. The team is hopeful Newton will be ready to go for training camp.

Michael RobinsonApr 19 12:02a

The Seattle Seahawks have not tried to re-sign free-agent FB Michael Robinson this offseason.

Russell AllenApr 18 11:42p

The Jacksonville Jaguars released LB Russell Allen (concussion) after he failed a physical.

Kendrick LewisApr 18 08:32p

Houston Texans FS Kendrick Lewis and SS Chris D. Clemons are expected to compete for the starting free safety job during training camp.

Trent RichardsonApr 18 08:22p

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said it will be important for RB Trent Richardson to participate in all of the offseason workouts so he can get more comfortable [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group