Here are five things that we learned from the 0-3 Redskins' latest setback.
Robert Griffin III is starting to find his legs
For the first time this season, Griffin resembled the multidimensional threat that caused many opponents to have nightmares during his fantastic rookie campaign.
Living up to last week's promise, Robert Griffin III made a determined effort to run the football more against the Detroit Lions. RGIII ended the afternoon with a season-high 37 yards on the ground. Even on passing plays, he utilized his legs more in the form of several rollout passes.
Of course, Griffin's improved mobility was overshadowed by his two costly turnovers that played a major role in helping the team secure their third straight loss.
Despite the miscues, a spry RGIII can only serve as a positive development for a Redskins team that's in dire need of some signs of encouragement.
More Alfred Morris, please
When running back Alfred Morris is force-fed the football, good things usually happen.
In 2012, the Redskins were an impressive 8-1 in regular season games when Morris totaled 20 or more carries. Therefore, no one should be surprised that the team came up short against the Lions in a game where Morris only had 15 rushing attempts for 73 yards.
Despite the contest being competitive for the majority of the afternoon, the Redskins decided to limit Alfred's chances in favor of 50 passing attempts from RGIII.
Morris only carried the ball 13 and 12 times respectively in the Redskins' first two games, but that's acceptable considering the huge deficits they faced in each contest. In Week 3, the team was involved in a tightly contested affair and Morris was still ignored, which is totally unacceptable.
History shows that when Morris is given the football, the wins follow. Hopefully, you're listening Mike Shanahan.
Santana Moss is the Redskins' true number two receiver
Even though he doesn't start, veteran Santana Moss has staked his claim as the team's second-best wide receiver. Against the Lions, he accumulated a team-high 77 receiving yards on seven catches.
With younger players such as Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson continuing their inconsistent ways, it's the veteran Moss who has emerged as the only receiver besides Pierre Garcon capable of consistently catching the football.
Even though his primary role is to serve as the team's slot receiver in obvious passing situations, due to his ability to still produce, Moss needs to be inserted into the starting lineup as soon as possible.
Stop the headhunting, Brandon Meriweather
When is safety Brandon Meriweather going to learn that his headhunting ways can be damaging to himself, the opposition, and his teammates?
After taking out an opposing player and eventually himself due to his penchant for leading with his helmet in Week 2, Meriweather continued his dangerous tackling ways by delivering a helmet-to-helmet blow to teammate Brian Orakpo against the Lions. Fortunately, Orapko eventually returned to the game.
Unfortunately for Meriweather, he's likely to have a short NFL career if maintains this reckless, archaic way of playing the game of football.
Get well soon, Jordan Reed
Serving as one of the team's bright spots in a season full of darkness, rookie tight end Jordan Reed once again stepped up in the passing game, catching five passes for 50 yards against the Lions. Unfortunately, his afternoon came to an abrupt end early in the second half after suffering a quad contusion.
Hopefully, the injury is minor and we'll see Reed continue to assert himself as a viable receiving threat in the weeks to come.
Drexel Perry recently moved back to the Washington D.C. area. He's been a Redskins fan for over 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.
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