More Redskins OTA observations, thoughts
June, 5, 2014
By John Keim | ESPN.com
Some leftover thoughts and observations from Washington Redskins OTAs and this week:
- There's little doubt that Robert Griffin III likes receiving attention. But he wants it to be for his performance and not for his knee, his relationship with the coach or bad play. So it's no surprise that he likes the fact that he's just one of the storylines this offseason and not the only one. That was the case last season, not to mention two years ago as well (in a much more positive way).
- But, while he no doubt likes this, his teammates have to be thrilled. They clearly were tired of the questions surrounding his knee and whether he'd be ready and then whether he was himself. It lasted a loooong time and a number of players were worn down by all the questions. It's a little thing, but having Griffin out of the constant spotlight allows him to be more of a normal teammate. He will always command a certain level of attention because of the position he plays (and for who he is).
- It'll also be different this year because Griffin will be more available than in the past. The Redskins protected him quite heavily the first two years, wanting to limit how long he spoke and preventing 1-on-1 interviews -- except for perhaps during the bye week. He spoke after games and on Wednesdays only. It led to a feeling of him being off-limits; it was different than for any player I'd ever covered. Now? It's normal. He'll be available throughout the week. I don't think it will necessarily lead to more stories on him, either.
- There just aren't the storylines surrounding him to be that way. But it makes him like any other player. In fairness, the first two years there were many requests for his time. But some in the organization, who are no longer here, went overboard.
- I forgot to include this yesterday, but tight end Niles Paul has now gotten into two near scrapes in the OTAs open to the media. Last week you could blame Chase Minnifield's feistiness for Paul being upset. Wednesday, Paul was upset with linebacker Adam Hayward (a fellow special teamer) after a play. I didn't see what happened, but heard a lot of players yelling to, 'Stay up! Stay on your feet!' I think Paul tripped over Hayward. The two jawed at one another for a second or so before fullback Darrel Young pulled Paul away. Paul broke free from him. Nothing more happened (but when Hayward joined other linebackers on the sidelines, they slapped hands with him).
- I don't know what the Redskins will look like on Sundays under Jay Gruden. At this point they're still just installing plays; have no idea which ones they like or ultimately will use. But safe to say they have the talent to spread teams out and then hit them with draws. It's what rookie running back Lache Seastrunk was used to doing at Baylor. No idea yet if he can play in the NFL, but it makes sense why they drafted him.
- Defensive end Clifton Geathers is a tall man. At 6-foot-8, safe to say he's taller than the average end. In fact, there are only two players currently on an NFL roster taller than Geathers (there are three others who are 6-foot-8). It's difficult to play with leverage at such a height and Geathers has to work hard to stay low (tough to do). The same is true of 6-foot-8 offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus.
- I did not put this in Wednesday's notes, either, but just for clarification's sake: Last week it appeared Bashaud Breeland was beaten by Pierre Garcon on a double move. Turns out he was supposed to have safety help, so it wasn't his fault. Looked like Breeland did a nice job in the session we could watch this week (they did not do 1-on-1 drills with the receivers, but in fairness those are designed for the offense to have more success).