Thursday, August 15, 2013
Robert Griffin III report
By John Keim
RICHMOND, Va. -- Highlights from Robert Griffin III's practice, his second working against the Redskins' scout team:
1. Had to miss most of Robert Griffin III’s practice to hop on an important work phone call. However, I do know he completed 14 of 15 passes during work against the scout team, again running a variety of plays. Griffin took 21 snaps, five more than he did the previous day -- his first time in any sort of 11-on-11 drills. “I thought he was really sharp today,” Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur said. “I didn’t see a lot of hesitation in his decision making. His footwork was clean. He had a good day.”
2. LaFleur's best quote was about Griffin's health in general and if he noticed any issues with his back (and plant) leg. Early in camp Griffin didn't always plant and drive with authority. He pushed off gingerly other times. But that hasn't been the case for a while. "I noticed a little bit early when he first started back. Now, I do not notice it," LaFleuer said. Neither do I.
3. Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan also said Griffin looked sharper than he had Wednesday, though he felt that way about the entire offense. There’s a natural progression for Griffin. “He’s getting his health back, and now it’s just about getting the rust [off] and trying to get those reps,” Shanahan said.
4. The Redskins drilled Griffin on the side every day during practice until he returned to full-team work against the scout team Wednesday, trying to simulate movements in the pocket. Thus far against the scout team, Griffin has not made any off-scheduled plays on dropback passes. That’s a good sign for him as a passer. “He has been able to get the ball out and get rid of it,” Shanahan said. “He hasn’t broken the pocket. I think we had two keepers with him today -- or bootleg, whatever you guys want to call it -- where he is faking the outside zone and running the other way. So he has had some design scrambles but he has been able to get rid of the ball before leaving the pocket in dropback plays.”
5. Shanahan said that even though Griffin isn’t being tackled -- no quarterbacks in any camp ever would be -- or even hit, they can get him used to dealing with the rush. “You definitely have to move, you definitely have to react just to move in the pocket and make the reads.”
6. Yes, Shanahan was asked if he plays the middleman in the Griffin-coach Mike Shanahan relationship. The short answer? No. Here’s his long answer: “Middlemen mess things up. I would rather those two communicate to each other. I understood his frustrations. I am just as frustrated. The whole team, everybody wants him out there. Me being young and everything, I want him out there the very first day. I don’t have much experience in this. The main thing is we can’t risk him getting hurt. As hard as it is, as frustrating as it is for him, myself, the head coach, every player out here, it is what we have got to do. We have to keep him healthy that is the most important thing and make sure he is definitely ready to get out there and I think we have been smart about that.”
Notes: Linebacker Brian Orakpo left practice early with a bruised right quad. ... The Redskins signed linebacker Quan Sturdivant, who spent part of last season on Kansas City’s practice squad. Sturdivant, a sixth-round draft pick in 2011, can play inside. ... There is no practice report today. Will have one after Friday’s practice.