Word on the Street: Can you handle Rex in 2012?

Word on the Street: Can you handle Rex in 2012?
December 13, 2011, 1:55 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comRedskins RoundupEven if the Redskins select a quarterback early in the first round, I'm of the opinion that when possible you hand the kid a clipboard let him watch the season, some or all,from the sideline. That goes double for teams with gaping holes along the offensive and no clear-cut top flight receiver (lacking a dominant running game to lean on- which the Redskins do not have despite Roy Helu's best efforts - also a factor).So while Robert Griffin III (pretty please), Matt Barkley (sure, I'm in) and Landry Jones (pass, not interested) watch and learn, someone must take those snaps under center. Guess what. Based on his not so terrible performance this season with minimal assets around to work with, Rex Grossman makes for a viable stopgap option in 2012. (Snider - Washington Examiner)Grossman's aggressive style works for and against him at times, butas I've suggested previously,he offers the Redskins a puncher's chance in the passing game which is a commodity for a team lacking in playmakers who can land a legitimate blow.You know when you marvel at highlights of say Lions star Calvin Johnson or Bengals rookie A.J. Green leaping high to snare a pass inbetween two defenders and think 'wow, I wish the Redskins had that type of receiver." Rex throws those kinds of passes, but doesn't have the high-jumping target on the other end. Coach upLeonard Hankerson and get the 6-2 target on the field opposite Santana Moss (did that happen this year?). Perhaps sign a notable free agent or maybe just take Oklahoma State star receiver Justin Blackmon in round one and a quarterback a round or two later. None of those moves willprevent bad Rex from his gaffes - just likeanother off-season's worth of positive transactions will not put this rebuilding roster into the legitimate postseason threat discussion - but one quarterback's oops is another passer's big play. (Updated - after posting Tuesday's "Word", I noticed Mike Wise also endorsed Grossman for 2012. Great minds and all...)Any NFL Draft is purely speculative, especially when we don't know where the Redskins will select, which college players will enter the draft and what additionssubtractions were made during the off-season. However, offering up thoughtson the list of Redskins free agents, certainly a tangible discussion. (Tandler - CSNwashington)Speaking of Helu, certainly liking the productive shifty running style the rookie runner has displayed of late, but me thinks calling him or even suggesting he is the face of the franchise - as this article does - is just a wee bit early (Hogs Haven)Wizards WorldStop me if you heard this over the last week; Andray Blatche's mental approach may have turned the corner toward maturity. Lots of folks keep writing about it, maybe it's so. Call me skeptical, though I have yet to make it out to training camp. Sure would be helpful...(CSNwashington)The best stretch of Roger Mason's NBA career began in Washington and the veteran guard is happy to back home. (Washington Examiner)JaVale McGee's disciplined play has been an early training camp highlight, but that doesn't mean the shot blocking center is done with hisTwitter persona, Pierre, just yet. Thats my alter ego. Hes arrogant, conceited, he said. All the bad things I shouldnt be. (Washington Post)...Best news out of this article? McGee says no more to coast-to-coast dribble drives. That's right big man, just run the court and grab those boards...Breakfast BuffetToledo enters the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium with a new head coach (SBNation)Undefeated for the first time in school history, Good Counsel once again reigns supreme among the DMV's top high school football teams (Washington Post)The next Ripken baseball-playing generation (CSNbaltimore)This is truly becoming scary: Concussion-like syndromes once again have Sidney Crosby sidelined indefinitely (Associated Press)The importance of Ryan Braun's performance enhancing drugs case (Washington Post)