Skins are (mostly) excited to have RG3 back in drills
RICHMOND—After weeks of anticipation, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took the next big step in his recovery on Wednesday when he participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time.
Griffin took 16 total snaps and completed seven of his 10 pass attempts while facing the scout team.
“Kirk and Rex all do a great job taking control of the huddle,” tight end Niles Paul said. “But when Robert is in there, it’s a different vibe. He looked good to me. He’s looked fine to me since Week 3 out his surgery. I remember walking into the weight room and seeing him do some work on his knee and thinking, ‘Three weeks out, and you're like that? That’s impressive.”
Griffin’s best completion came on a long pass to rookie tight end Jordan Reed, who made an over the shoulder reception near the sideline. But he also threw behind Leonard Hankerson for an incompletion and fired another pass right into the hands of linebacker Ricky Elmore for an interception. Griffin appeared to be targeting Hankerson on the play.
“It was nice to get him into a team atmosphere,” Shanahan said. “I thought he did a good job. We had scout team defense for the first time this season, so it was nice to set up defenses that you’re going to face in upcoming games. It was a good first day.”
Shanahan declined to detail the plan for Griffin going forward.
“I’m not going to go over what our game plan is, but I’ll make you come to practice every day and count,” Shanahan joked. “I’m just hoping there is no setback like we’ve talked before. I thought he had some good progress today and hopefully we can keep on doing it.”
It wasn’t perfect. But it was a start for RG3, who’s stated goal is to be ready to return to action Week 1 against the Eagles – or eight months after having the ACL, LCL and meniscus repaired in his right knee.
Prior to Wednesday, Griffin had been limited to the individual and 7-on-7. Graduating to 11-on-11 drills in training camp. The move to 11-on-11 drills is significant because Griffin is exposed to a pass rush, meaning it’s possible he’ll have to make an unexpected move to avoid an oncoming defender.
“Today was the next step, getting some 11 on 11 work,” Shanahan said. “He’ll get more accustomed every practice he has, every rep he gets. Obviously, our goal is to get him ready for the first game -- if there is no setback.”