He has had a solid camp, though he's not, and won't be, a dynamic pass rusher. That doesn't mean he can't help and if the interior push comes through as they hope, then it will benefit anyone rushing from the outside. Murphy will not win often off the edge, but his added strength should help him on certain rushes. Last season, for example, he too often got bumped off stride when rushing upfield, a sign he needed to get stronger. He has been more consistent than the others vying for this job.
Galette pounced off the edge with a burst no one else on the Redskins could match. Ryan Kerrigan is a good pass-rusher, but he wins in ways other than just flat-out speed. The Redskins' other young pass-rushers, Trent Murphy and Preston Smith, are not explosive. But Galette was -- and he was the only one who could routinely challenge left tackle Trent Williams in practice.
Ryan Kerrigan had a knee procedure done in the spring and as a result he was a spectator for most of OTAs and minicamp. Just before training camp started he signed a lucrative contract extension and was on the field participating, just as he has in every game and nearly every practice since the Redskins made him their first round draft pick in 2011.
The decision to forego a quarterback competition and make Robert Griffin III the starter was an organizational decision. As is often the case, not everyone in the organization necessarily agreed with the decision. It seems likely that Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder favored giving Griffin another year since they were involved in the decision to pay a record price to move up in the 2012 draft to take him. Jay Gruden probably either wanted a competition or to declare either Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy the starter.
"I'm just not going to worry about it," he said on Tuesday. "It's up at the end of the year, and as of right now I've just got to give Washington one of the best years of my career. That's my focus, just being better than last year. The contract situation, it'll work out. Hopefully. I don't really have a say in that."
I will never be confused with an RG3 apologist. Everyone knows I've been as critical with him as anyone. In this case, I'm not saying he was perfect, but here he certainly looks like someone who could eventually learn the West Coast Offense. In all these games, the ball was going where it was suppose to. Yes, the ball came out on time. He panicked just a little. He used his legs to create extra time to throw by keeping his eyes downfield. So why does every Robert Griffin III drop back now looks like a Zach Galifianakis numbers meme meets Russell Crowe from A Beautiful Mind.