RG3 Report

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

1. We don’t get any one-on-one time with Robert Griffin III so it’s sometimes hard to ask him specific questions about plays. But the one I’d ask him about was Tuesday was a crossing route in which corner DeAngelo Hall was on the outside hip of Santana Moss. So Griffin threw to Moss’ inside, taking him away from the pressure and leading him into a wide open path. Hall slipped and Moss took the ball and ran into the end zone. For now I’ll consider that a savvy pass designed to help his wideout. Oh, and the pass was one of the hardest thrown all day. Just whipped it in there.

2. By the way, the Redskins really are trying to limit Griffin’s time with the press. That’s not a complaint, just a fact. For now there are no individual interview sessions – everybody wants one, of course. Nobody is getting them. We’ll see how long that continues, but the Redskins really want to manage his time well and not burn him out.

3. Back to the important stuff. Griffin continues to show poise in the pocket -- he was relaxed on the throw to Moss above. It’s a trait that should serve him well. Griffin made a nice, easy throw on an out route to Pierre Garcon against Brandyn Thompson. Then he and Garcon connected on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone. Griffin looked right and threw back left to Garcon, who was well-covered by Cedric Griffin. Garcon simply reached over Griffin’s outstretched arms and hauled in the pass. It's a good sign that Griffin is working on looking off safeties; saw him do that last week too.

4. But once more RG3 wasn’t perfect. He continues to avoid the killer mistake – though today that was only by a fraction. Thompson jumped an out route to Aldrick Robinson late in the practice and dropped an interception. That might have been Griffin’s worst throw of the day. He missed on a couple other routes, but I do like that he mostly gives his guy a chance. Did that on a fade route later in the workout to Garcon (once again vs. Griffin, I not III). It was incomplete, but Griffin the corner had no shot at the ball.

5. The more I see Griffin run the ball in practice the more I wonder about his durability. I think any QB that runs gets the same questions asked about them. If these plays are diagnosed right, then Griffin could get creamed (as he could on a blitz too). But though scouts say he’s not an explosive cutter the way Michael Vick was in his early days, Griffin has shown enough shake to perhaps avoid vicious hits. Griffin also is flexible and that will help absorb hits. I also can’t imagine the Shanahans being reckless by calling for too many runs by Griffin.

6. Griffin on running the ball in the NFL vs. college: “I’ll get a feel for it. One thing I won’t do is play with fear. You have to continue to play fearless. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to go try to run over linebackers and safeties. Especially in college guys try to take you out so it’s no different in the pros. It’s just that these guys are a lot better at doing what they’re trying to do so I’ll be smart. If I need to slide, I’ll slide. If I need to run out of bounds, I’ll run out of bounds. But by no means will I play with fear.”

7. Griffin said he’s not concerned that he hasn’t signed his contract yet. Because of the new rookie salary cap it’s easier to sign first-round picks, though there is some language in each contract to haggle over. Still, Griffin said, “I don’t think it’s something that will be an issue. I did talk to my agent last week and he said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’… I’m here to play football and we’re going to make sure that happens.”

8. Griffin said he plans on getting together with some of his receivers between the end of minicamp and when he’s due back in town. “We haven’t planned that yet,” he said, “but we are going to get together and throw. It’s important for us to be successful and that’s what you have to do.”

9. Saw Brandon Banks walking back to the huddle and shaking his right hand after catching one of Griffin's passes.

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