For the most part, I hate Internet memes. Sometimes they start out clever or funny, but they all eventually get beaten into the ground by late comers who are trying to stay relevant (for example, a 45-year-old dad who’s still making Chuck Norris references in the year 2012).
Sometimes memes become living, breathing acts like planking, Tebowing, and Griffining, where people perform dumbass activities in public because they think a bunch of strangers on the Internet will be delighted. Guess what, we were delighted, the first 1.6 million times we saw it. Afterwards we grew tired of our social media feeds being choked by pictures of you looking like a complete dolt.
The NFL is not immune to such chicanery. As I’ve already mentioned, there’s Tebowing and Griffining, and there’s also Bradying. And now there’s Morganing.
RG3′s second NFL start comes against Sam Bradford and the Rams this afternoon. As a neutral, Griffin’s debut was the performance of opening week – one that featured Pierre Garcon early and often until the former Colts wide reciever injured his foot late in the second quarter.
Unfortunately for Griffin owners, Garcon has been ruled out of today’s contest. Fret not desperate fantasy player who waited till 3 pm on Sunday to fill out your lineup – certainly this person exists.
Fred Davis, Santana Moss and even Aldrick Robinson should see more targets against an inexperienced, yet tallented Rams secondary. I’m looking forward to seeing who comes out on top in the battle between Griffin and Janoris Jenkins – who was also fantastic in week one. Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews are out
Via Chargers beat reporter Kevin Acee, Antonio Gates will miss today’s game against the Titans. The tight end tried to give his sore ribs a go in warmups this morning, but apparently that did not go well. Yes, Randy McMichael is still a thing that exists, but he’s not worth a play in Gates’ absence.
Ryan Matthews will not play either in a double blow for Norv Turner and the Chargers.
Sidney Rice is active
To confirm what we expected, Sidney Rice is active for the Seahawks tilt with Dallas. It’s still risky to rely on Russell Wilson to feed Rice and Doug Baldwin with touches.
Hernandez’s ankle is not broken
Some good news for Patriots fans lamenting the injury to Aaron Hernandez. Patriots beat reporter Jeff Howe reports the tight end’s ankle is not broken.
As fans of the NFL reveled in RG3′s impressive debut the impending doom that began to fester in my gut couldn’t be ignored. We would ruin this, just like we have almost everything else in the world. It took a couple days, but sure enough it happened. “Griffining’ is now a thing. You people – referring to all of you, mass blame is the way to go – realize this can only result in bad things, right? If ESPN jumping on the train isn’t a sure sign of how terrible this is then I’m not sure what is.
That’s because Rex Grossman is inactive, and while normally that wouldn’t be notable, today it means that during the first game of Robert Griffin III’s career, the Redskins are cool with having only two rookies at the quarterback position. They’re fine with that despite RG3′s status as a mobile, scrambling quarterback who could therefore expose himself to injury quickly.
Say what you will about Rex Grossman. He’s terrible. He’s inaccurate. He throws too many interceptions. And he’s terrible.
Those are all reasons why he’ll never be a starting quarterback in the NFL again. But he still has a cannon, and far more importantly, he possesses the most important attribute a backup QB can have, especially when he’s playing behind a rookie: experience.
So the Redskins are one awkward fall away from a Kirk Cousins appearance. He impressed during the preseason, but he did that mostly against second and third stringers. Oh, and they’re also supporting their rookie quarterback who’s being backed up by a rookie quarterback with a rookie running back who was a sixth-round pick.
If there is one thing Mike Shanahan can hang his hat on it’s turning unheralded Running Back’s into stars – albeit briefly. Mike Anderson, Olandis Gary, Mike Bell, Reuben Droughns, Tatum Bell – the list goes on. We won’t get into Shanny’s Quarterback troubles, you’re welcome Redskins faithful.
Shanahan’s latest find is Alfred Morris, who will start at Running Back today when the Redskins travel to New Orleans. Morris was Washington’s 6th round pick in this year’s draft out of Florida Atlantic. In a preseason that saw injuries to Roy Helu, Tim Hightower and Evan Royster, Morris made the most out of his opportunity.
RG3′s first road start in the NFL won’t be easy – cliche alert – especially playing in front a hostile, and possibly bloodthirsty Superdome crowd. Morris will be key in taking pressure off of the DC messiah. While the Redskins pass protection was absolutely horrendous last year they excelled in the run game. Helu – another Shanahan ‘find’ – rushed for three consecutive 100 yard games last season and Royster had back to hack 110 yard plus performances.
I would refrain from slotting Morris into your starting lineup right away, but keep tabs on the Pensacola native’s performance today. He could be a flex option going forward.
Prior to training camp, Tim Hightower was pegged by many as the starter in Washington’s backfield after his seat was kept warm for the first few weeks of the season while he recovered from an ACL tear. That depth chart projection was made despite Mike Shanahan’s hobby of treating running backs with the same indecisiveness that a child brings to the ice cream aisle.
It was based on the assumption that Hightower would recover from his knee injury in a relatively timely manner, since you know, everyone can recover from ACL tears just as fast as Adrian Peterson. The plan appeared to be going swimmingly when Hightower was healthy enough to make his preseason debut two weeks ago, and he had 28 rushing yards on five carries. But then his knee swelled up, and in the world of figurative backyard running back mercy killings, the end was near.
Today is roster cut down day when every team needs to trim down to 53 men by 9 p.m. ET, and Shanahan pulled the trigger. Hightower will reportedly be cut, according to Redskins beat reporter Grant Paulsen.
If you’re even remotely shocked by the Redskins releasing Chris Cooley, then I suppose I shouldn’t mention anything about the veracity of your parents’ stories regarding a large man who delivers presents while being flown around the world by reindeer.