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7 storylines to know about the Redskins

The Washington Redskins are set to fly into Cleveland tonight.

Get to know the Browns opponent by catching up on these seven storylines.

1)     *Quarterback Robert Griffin III will play one quarter against the Browns*

The Redskins picked up Griffin's contract extension during the offseason, but fans and media are calling this a make-or-break year for the 25-year-old quarterback. In three NFL seasons filled with injuries, Griffin has thrown 40 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, posted a 90.6 quarterback rating, holds a 14-21 career record along with an NFC East division title back in 2012.

2)     *1st-round pick Brandon Scherff shuffling around the offensive line*

Pegged as a right tackle from Day 1, Scherff struggled at the new position and has since been moved inside to right guard. Many were surprised when the Redskins selected Scherff with the No. 5 overall pick, especially with defensive end Leonard Williams still on the board. Washington is hoping a beefed-up offensive line will help Griffin return to his rookie form.

3)     *Redskins take a chance on Junior Galette *

The Saints made it pretty clear by cutting Galette and eating nearly $18 million that the pass rusher did not fit in the locker room. First-year general manager Scot McCloughan pulled the trigger on the 27-year-old. In the last two seasons, Galette has 22 sacks. 


4)      Ryan Kerrigan rewarded with big contract extension

One of the more underrated players in the NFL, Washington's outside linebacker tallied 13.5 sacks and five forced fumbles a year ago. According to Pro Football Focus, the 26-year-old Kerrigan also registered 72 quarterback pressures last season, ranking third in the league

5)     * Safety a position battle to watch*

The Redskins have completely refurbished their defensive backfield, particularly at safety. After a trade with the Buccaneers, Dashon Goldson has locked up the strong safety position. Free safety is another story. Duke Ihenacho missed all but three games last season for the Redskins after fracturing his foot. Former Seahawks reserve safety Jeron Johnson was brought in to try to earn a bigger role in Washington. Both are duking it out for the free safety spot.

6)     *Rumble with the Texans *

Washington hosted Houston at its training camp facility in Richmond, Va., over the weekend, and things got a little feisty. ESPN's Redskins writer John Keim reported "punches were thrown and bodies were tossed" in the melee.

7)     *New skill players emerging *

When anyone talks about the Redskins, they list running back Alfred Morris and wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Two others have stepped to the forefront and could help out the offense a ton this season. Niles Paul converted from wide receiver to tight end a few seasons back and has leapfrogged Jordan Reed on Washington's depth chart. And rookie running back Matt Jones has been trucking defenders in training camp with his burly 231-pound frame.

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