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RGIII report: Griffin running

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Robert Griffin tested his arm, worked his legs and then did what he’s been doing a lot of the spring: watch his teammates practice. But there was progress in his recovery as Griffin was cleared to do some running. So, while players performed special teams drills, Griffin sprinted the width of the field with other teammates who were rehabilitating.

Griffin had said last week he was two weeks from doing explosive sprinting. He was not going full speed, but was still moving fast alongside rookies Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson.

“I was kind of explosive sprinting there,” he said. “Jordan and those guys like to show off for you guys and the cameras so I have to make sure they don’t beat me. The next month will be the month where I start doing explosive sprinting and cutting. It will be good to do that stuff for a month and then a month before camp so I’m ready to go.”

Griffin said he ran two miles earlier this week at an organized team activity session.

“That’s been a good part but I’m still trying to make sure I stay focused on not just the rehab part but also paying attention and getting the mental reps and knowing it like the back of my hand,” Griffin said. “It’s been a journey. Everyone gets to see the flowers and roses side of it, out here running, throwing, feeling good about it and having a little energy and bounce in your step. I’ve had to be patiently aggressive this whole time, let my body heal and be aggressive where I can.”

Griffin continued to do what he did last week in terms of throwing, zipping passes downfield from a variety of looks: straight dropbacks, play-action seven-step drops. He threw deep passes down the middle as well as deep out routes. His accuracy was OK, but the big thing was his ability to plant hard and throw on occasion. He didn’t do it all the time, but he did it enough to show he can. Other times he took it easy with his plant foot (the leg he tore his ACL and LCL). But he also executed the zone read play-action fakes and whipped his feet around to throw.

After several strong plant-and-throws, he returned to putting less pressure on his back leg.

And Griffin continued throwing to receiver Pierre Garcon, tight end Fred Davis, running back Roy Helu, Reed and Thompson. Most, if not all, could be pivotal parts of the offense in some fashion this season.

“Those are guys we’ll lean heavily on in the season,” Griffin said. “I’ll build chemistry with them and get a feel for how Jordan and Chris play and continue to work with Fred and get back with Pierre. He’s the guy… I want to make sure me and him are on the same page. He’s a big-play receiver who can do a lot of things. It’s good to see him back healthy and doing a lot of stuff.”

 

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