When OTAs began a year ago, Robert Griffin III was about five months into rehabbing his right knee from major surgery. He sported a bulky brace. He was limited to working off to the side during practice and taking “mental reps.”
When OTAs kicked off this week, Griffin was back where he belonged: directing the first team offense.
And, yes, he was minus the brace.
“As everyone knows, last year I was rehabbing [and] getting ready for the season,” Griffin said. “And right now I get to go out there and be with the guys. That’s the most important part, just to be with your teammates, to gel, build that chemistry and that’s what I’ve had a chance to do.”
Griffin said he’s already getting into rhythm with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who signed with the Redskins in early April. Indeed, Griffin and Jackson hooked up on a handful of completions during Thursday’s practice, the first session open to the media this offseason.
“It’s there,” Griffin said, asked about finding chemistry with Jackson. “We’ve been throwing a lot and he’s been here for the majority of the offseason program. I know there was the big splash about him not being here at the beginning, but he’s been here since then.”
“He’s a guy that’s so talented," Griffin added. "And, like I said before, he’s got a wide catch radius [so] he can pretty much gel anywhere he goes. We’re excited to have him.”
Griffin didn’t say much about his health other than he feels “great.” He also sidestepped questions about improving his footwork and technique, two areas that he’s spent a lot of time polishing in recent months.
“A lot of that talk, I just leave to you guys to talk about that stuff,” he said. “We’re just back out there playing football, man. I’ve talked about it already—getting the base to shrink a little bit from what we were being taught before, getting back to what’s natural. Going out there and playing football, being aggressive, being decisive, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Griffin, however, was very clear about one thing: he doesn’t miss the hinged brace that he wore all of last season. Not one bit.
“Huh, what?” he said, asked if he missed the brace. “That’s the answer to that one.”