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Monday, August 5, 2013
RG III wants some full-team reps

By John Keim
ESPN.com

RICHMOND, Va. -- The new plan won't be revealed until later in the week, after coaches dissect yet another week in Robert Griffin III's recovery, but the Washington Redskins quarterback knows what he wants it to include: working in full-team drills.

And that would represent a good sign for Griffin in his desire to start the Sept. 9 season opener.

Robert Griffin III
"I'm ready to move on. There's only so much you can do in 7-on-7," Robert Griffin III said Monday, hoping he'll soon be cleared for full-team drills.

For the first 10 days of training camp Griffin has been limited to 7-on-7 drills, in addition to individual work. He has gone from throwing eight passes in 7-on-7s to 17 and will continue doing so through Tuesday. But when they return from their preseason opener at Tennessee on Thursday, there will be a new plan.

"Hopefully it involves some team reps," Griffin said. "I know what the plan is but it's also up to be changed based on how I feel after this week. Hopefully I can get out there and get with the team and starting to do more team activities."

Griffin, four days shy of seven months removed from surgery on his right knee, has looked sharp at times, driving and planting off his right foot. He has looked sloppy on occasion, badly missing a couple throws Saturday. But those were mostly due to bad mechanics -- not getting his feet and hips around, for example -- rather than his knee. He continues to get extra work during the special teams portion, simulating his movements in the pocket -- spinning out, racing outside the pocket, planting and throwing.

But, for Griffin, enough's enough with the 7-on-7s.

"I'm ready to move on," Griffin said. "There's only so much you can do in 7-on-7. The completion percentage is there, I feel the rhythm is there with the guys. We're finding the holes in the defense when we have to and throwing checkdowns when we have to as well. Coach [Mike Shanahan] will tell you something else but I'm ready to move on and go to team reps. I just have to keep doing what Coach asks me to do."

Shanahan has been more conservative than Griffin would like. Griffin said at Baylor he was doing more on the field at this point in his recovery while at Baylor than he is now, quickly adding that the goal then was to make it to the NFL but now it's to last a while.

"You can say what you want about what he's doing and I can feel any kind of way about it," Griffin said, "but we have to be on the same page and that's what I'm trying to do. Do everything the coaches ask me to do and show them my rhythm and timing is there and show them I can play. At the end of the day they have to play me Week 1 if I do everything they ask me to do."

Griffin said his leg isn't giving him any problems. He hasn't missed any practice time because of his knee and said there has been no swelling. Other players coming off injuries have been given time off to recover.

"That's not because I'm stubborn, it's because my body's felt good," he said. "The leg isn't an issue."

John Keim covers the Redskins for ESPN.com.