Robert Griffin III vs. Andrew Luck: Ok, it’s the shootout we’ve all wanted to see. However, both have a lot to work on before we can actually make this serious. Let’s also take into account they are two rookie QBs in the same situation with their teams and communities. The quest for a good season and to shake off bad memories are on their shoulders. Both teams are looking to prove the haters wrong. This is not Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, so calm down.
With the Redskins, it’s an investment debate. Did they give up too much? With the Colts, it’s a personnel debate: Did they make the right decision releasing a soon-to-be hall of famer? You couldn’t pay me to be in their position. That’s rough. Their goals will be to simply prove they can do the job. It doesn’t hurt they’re both the No.1 and No.2 draft picks. That brings a nice theme to the game.
Tim Hightower, you’re up: Redskins RB Tim Hightower needs to have a solid game. If he can go out there and show head coach Mike Shanahan a complete game with good carries and no cringes, I’m sure he’ll make the roster and possibly be at least the No.2 guy. His performance in today’s game would make a great case for him, but fellow RB Alfred Morris is not bad either. It’s gonna be tough, but he’s got to leave Shanahan starstruck today. Evan Royster (knee) will be out. Roy Helu (Achilles) will be watching from the sidelines too. These unfortunate series of events should give Hightower all the playing time he needs to prove himself, no matter when he starts.
Redskins’ wide receivers should be heavily involved this time: As much as the RB situation with the Redskins is a conversation, the wide receivers have been somewhat out of the discussion. Santana Moss needs to get the attention on him. Pierre Garcon has already shown he’s going to be a target for RG3, but Moss needs to boost his stock.
There isn’t much difference in the Colts’ story:
Luck comes to a team that was practically made new by their owner Jim Irsay. The release of Peyton Manning reminds me of lyrics to Jay-Z’s “Lost Ones” : “…Made Hov say, “Okay, so make another Hov…”
That’s what Irsay will try to prove to the Indy community: Peyton Manning was a great quarterback, but we have someone coming in who can fill those shoes.
The only real issue that will need to be addressed is his connection to wide receiver Reggie Wayne, a man who has already said the RG3/Luck hype is not a big deal to him. He’ll be focused, and will probably look to steal the show just out of spite.
The Rant: Go out there and get a job! There will be no losers in this game, only jobs saved or cut. According to the Washington Post, NFL teams must trim their rosters from 90 to 75 players by 4 p.m. Monday, and must get down to 53 players by 9 p.m. on Aug. 31.
Overall Theme: “We can do this”- And that’s for both sides of the football.
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Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins Blogger with Rant Sports.