No doubt about RG3's status with 'Skins

May, 7, 2012
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Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan spent plenty of time with Baylor Heisman winner Robert Griffin III before selecting him with the second overall pick of April's NFL draft.

He spent enough and saw enough to leave no doubt about where RG3 stands as a Redskin entering his first season.

"He's the starter. Period," Shanahan said.

Griffin took part in his first rookie minicamp for 90 minutes on Sunday, but when he takes part in offseason workouts with the rest of the team later this month, he'll be the starter.

After drafting Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins in the draft, too, it's necessary for Shanahan to make that clear. Griffin will be ahead of Rex Grossman, too.
Shanahan said the Redskins didn't go through all the trouble to get Griffin -- trading three first-round picks and a second-rounder to the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 overall spot -- just to have him play backup. The coach said he made the decision even before the three-day minicamp.

"We're going to adjust our system to what he feels comfortable with," Shanahan said, "and we'll watch him grow and we'll do what we feel like he can do and what he does the best. ... One thing the NFL is not used to is a quarterback with his type of speed and his type of throwing ability, so I think we can do some things that people haven't done."

Anybody else pretty excited to see what that means?

Griffin noted, though, that there's no friction between himself and Cousins.

"We went over the playbook together. There's no issues there," he said. "We're both out there trying to get better, so we're cool. We ate a burrito together."

"Not the same burrito," he added with a laugh. "Just to clear that up."

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