RG3: 'I'll be ready to go'

RG3: 'I'll be ready to go'
April 27, 2013, 4:00 pm
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RGIII reassures fans at 'Skins Draft Party

A year ago, Robert Griffin III stepped onto the turf at FedEx Field for the first time. The quarterback, who had been draft a few days earlier, told an adoring crowd that he hoped to lead the Redskins to the promised land.

Today, Griffin was there again, no longer a raw rookie but a veteran of a season’s worth of battles at the stadium. There were triumphant moments like his 76-yard run down the sidelines to wrap up a win over the Vikings. And there were moments of agony such as when he left the field after the playoff loss to Seattle with a knee injury.

Griffin’s knee appears to be very much on the mend. As he went onto the stage at FedEx Field today, he bounced up and down, ran in place, and did a few jumping jacks. That stoked the enthusiasm of the crowd, already buoyed by the sun splashed day, the appearance of the AP Offensive Rookie of the year and the memory of the team’s NFC East title.

“Last year was a lot of fun,” he said. “And we’re looking to go further next year.”

Of course the chances of the Redskins going deeper into the playoffs next year depend a lot on how fast and how well Griffin recovers from his injury.

“I feel good,” he said. “Leg’s going great and I’m all in for week one.”

“I’ll take it slow, but at the same time i’ll be ready to go.”

He was at FedEx Field for the team’s annual draft day party. Rounds four through seven go off on Saturday. At times in the past the team as had its fan party when the first round was being conducted. However, they didn’t have a first-round pick this year as they gave it up in the trade that got them the rights to RG3.

Other Redskins players joined in the festivities including Barry Cofield, Darrel Young, and Nick Sundberg.