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REDSKINS NOTEBOOK: RGIII, Fletcher saluted by team

FORT WASHINGTON, Md.—Robert Griffin III was named the Washington Redskins’ offensive player of the year on Friday after a record-setting season in which he broke virtually every Redskins rookie passing record.

Griffin, honored at the team’s 52nd annual “Welcome Home Luncheon” at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, set NFL rookie records with a 102.4 quarterback rating and fell just short of the league rookie record for completion percentage.

He threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns with only five interceptions and also rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns—numbers that earned him a selection to the Pro Bowl in January, though he did not play following surgery on his right knee, and the honor of Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.

“I want to thank these three guys for trusting me as their quarterback,” Griffin said after receiving the award, turning to Mike Shanahan, Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder. “You know, going out and giving up a lot of picks to get me really means something to me, and I appreciate you guys for doing that.”

The team also named linebacker London Fletcher as its defensive player of the year and Kai Forbath as its special teams player of the year. Fletcher had 139 tackles and five interceptions, the most in a single season in his 15-year career, while Forbath set a league record by making the first 17 field goal attempts of his career.

Receiver Joshua Morgan was given the team’s community service award, recognizing his willingness to take part in nearly every function sponsored by the team this season, and fullback Eric Kettani, a lieutenant in the Navy, was the recipient of the “Salute To Service” award.

 

NO FINES FOR PLAYERS

Neither Fletcher nor safety DeJon Gomes were fined by the NFL for their actions in the Redskins’ preseason victory over the Steelers on Monday, a league spokesman said.

Fletcher was not fined for hitting Ben Roethlisberger while the quarterback had begun sliding, which has become a point of emphasis for the league.

Gomes, meanwhile, was not fined for his late hit on receiver Antonio Brown, who had already gotten to the sidelines before he was checked from behind, nor was he fined for a hit on fullback Will Johnson, who was trying to make a catch and was considered a defenseless receiver. He later left the game with a rib injury.

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Gomes’ hit of Johnson, other than being helmet to helmet, was otherwise a good play.

“The other one, we pushed a guy out of bounds,” Haslett said. “That’s not very smart. You can’t push a guy 3 or 4 yards out of bounds and think you’re going to get away with it. I thought that was a bad choice or a bad decision by D.J. on that.”

The league also didn’t fine Steelers safety Robert Golden, who appeared to hit defenseless receiver Dezmon Briscoe in the third quarter.

 

WATCHING FROM ABOVE

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said he will be in the coaches’ booth again today when the Redskins host the Bills in an attempt to get a better read of the opposing offense.

Haslett, who has always called plays from the sideline during the course of his coaching career, moved upstairs for the first time Monday for the preseason game against the Steelers.

“It’s just something just to see different,” Haslett said. “Sometimes the holes get real big. They don’t look that big down on the field, so it’s kind of scary sometimes. We’ll try it this week probably and decide what I want to do.”

 

Zac Boyer: 540/374-5440

zboyer@freelancestar.com

 

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