RG3 ready to move on from 7on7 drills
RICHMOND—Ten days into training camp, Robert Griffin III says he has not encountered any issues with his surgically repaired right knee and is looking forward to increasing his workload – whenever that might be.
“Fortunately, I haven’t had any soreness or any swelling in my knee particular to the injury,” Griffin said Monday after the Redskins' morning walkthrough. “And I haven’t had any sore legs, so that’s also a good thing. I’m one of the guys that hasn’t had a day off, and that’s not just because I’m stubborn or hardheaded, it’s just my body has felt good.”
If Griffin does not suffer a setback in the coming days, he’ll begin the next phase in his recovery when the team returns from its preseason opener Thursday at Tennessee. It's not known if that mean’s 11-on-11 drills, but it’s clear Griffin feels he’s ready to make the jump. Through the first week-and-a-half, the second year signal caller has been limited to 7-on-7 drills.
“Coach will tell you something else, but I’m ready to move on,” Griffin said. “I’m ready to go to the team reps and everything. I just have to keep doing what Coach asks me to do.”
He added: “I feel good now. I felt good a couple of weeks ago. But I definitely felt better today. [Coach Mike Shanahan] has really taken the reins on this one and [is] holding me out of me out of a lot of stuff. I’m doing everything they are asking me to do right now. I feel like I’m in rhythm out there throwing the ball in the 7 on 7 drills I do get. And that’s all I can do; just continue to prove to them, the players that I’m ready to play.”
Griffin also said he’s been pleased with his arm strength, timing and mechanics.
“I feel like I’ve been consistent with everything, getting to what the defense is giving me out there, whether it’s a checkdown, a touchdown throw or anything in between,” he said. “Everything from the timing to the mechanics …whether it’s a plant throw, a hitch throw, a deep throw, a short throw, I feel like I’m in tune with all that and the leg is not an issue.”
When Griffin tore his ACL at Baylor in 2009, he was doing more on the field at this point. But the Redskins are handling him with an abundance of caution, in part, because of the scrutiny Shanahan and the team faced in January, he said.
“I was doing a whole lot more at this time [in] my recovery at Baylor,” Griffin said. “Obviously, with this situation, and what we have to deal with here in the DMV, in DC, there’s a lot of scrutiny, so Coach has to account for that. In college, you’re trying to make it to this level. In the pros, you’re trying to make sure you’re here for a long time. You can say whatever you want about what he’s doing. I can feel any kind of way about it. But at the end of the day, we all have to be on the same page and that’s what I’m trying to do …Do everything the coaches ask me to do, show them that my rhythm and timing is there, show them that I can play. And at the end of the day, they have to come through for me and play me Week 1 if I do everything they ask me to do.”