RGIII running, but not up to explosive sprinting yet

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QB runs, but not ready for explosive sprinting

ASHBURN -- Robert Griffin III 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. Though he was cleared to do cross-field running, he still was not going full-speed. However, he was moving fast alongside rookies Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson.

"I was kind of explosive sprinting there," Griffin 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."

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. "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, including straight dropbacks and 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 on which he tore his ACL and LCL). But he also executed 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.

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."

What coach Mike Shanahan likes is that Griffin's understanding of the game will increase regardless of his lack of offseason work with the starters.

"When you come in your first year, you're trying to learn the terminology of the system, and everything's coming at you a thousand miles an hour," Shanahan said. "The second year, you feel comfortable with the system, you've been through the checkoffs and blitzes, you go through the pass game and the drop backs, third downs. The second year, it slows down a little bit. If they keep studying the game, they get better and better."

Notes ┬╗ Offensive lineman Maurice Hurt underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Thursday, but coach Mike Shanahan said he should be ready for the start of training camp July 25. ...

Safety Jordan Pugh has not attended the OTA work this week; he could not fly here from Dallas because of an ear infection.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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