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Friday, August 16, 2013
Robert Griffin III practice report

By John Keim

RICHMOND, Va. -- As the Redskins break camp, the big question still surrounds quarterback Robert Griffin III's availability for Week 1. Friday ended his first week of increased action.

1. Griffin took 12 snaps, completing 6 of 8 passes. He also took eight snaps in a glorified walk-through against the scout team, focusing on their hurry-up offense as well as goal-line plays. During the faster-paced, 11-on-11 work, Griffin ran his first zone read play of the season, keeping the ball around the right end.

2. At this point, there is no favoring of the knee or planting softly when he throws. Really, it’s about his timing and rhythm in the passing game more than anything – how are his mechanics; is he over-rotating his shoulders on certain throws? He can correct any issues in this area with more work.

3. Griffin missed Aldrick Robinson high and was wide of receiver Santana Moss over the middle, though the latter appeared to be more of a miscommunication. Moss stopped, but Griffin threw as if he expected Moss to keep running.

4. Griffin also took snaps in a 6-on-8 drill. I liked a slant pass he threw to tight end Jordan Reed, matched up against a defensive back (a match-up the Redskins would like inside). Reed made the grab.

5. In the past three days, Griffin took a combined 49 snaps in 11-on-11 scout team work, completing 27 of 33 passes. Before this point he had only participated in 7-on-7 work. Quarterback Rex Grossman said it’s hard to gauge how much rust Griffin has been able to shake because he has only worked against scout team and in 7-on-7. “But his timing and rhythm looks a lot better than it did at this point last year,” Grossman said. “That’s to be expected. Kirk [Cousins] is too.”