Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws the ball during last Tuesday’s afternoon practice as part of the 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. )Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
RICHMOND, Va. — Robert Griffin III is champing at the bit to ramp up his on-field work, but the Washington Redskins quarterback is heeding the plan created by head coach Mike Shanahan as the team takes a cautious approach with RG3’s recovery from knee surgery.
The quarterback participated in 7-on-7 drills during the opening week of training camp and will slowly be introduced to more work, but isn’t expected to play during the preseason.
“Coach (Shanahan)” is really taking the reins on this one and holding me out of a lot of stuff,” Griffin said Monday. “I’m doing everything they’re asking me to do right now. I feel like I’m in rhythm out there throwing the ball in the 7-on-7 reps that I do get. And that’s all I can do, just continue to prove to them and to the players that I’m ready to play.
Griffin has been working on his timing and mechanics, but said he’s not concerned at this point with planting and throwing off his right leg. Still, there is only so much he can do until the coaching staff ramps up his regimen.
“I’m ready to move on. I mean, you can only do so much in 7-on-7,” Griffin said. “The completion percentage is there. I feel like the rhythm is there with the guys. We’re finding the holes in the defense when we have to and we are throwing the check downs when we have to as well. Coach will tell you something else but obviously I’m ready to move on. I’m ready to go to the team reps and everything. I’ve just got to keep doing what Coach asks me to do.”
Shanahan was pleased with Griffin’s work through the first week of camp, admitting the most pleasing part was experiencing no setbacks with that right knee. The coach referred to the “game plan” they have for Griffin on a weekly basis.
Washington opens its preseason schedule Thursday at the Tennessee Titans. Griffin won’t play in that game, and the team will re-assess the plan entering next week.
“The only reason you (wouldn’t) keep on going forward with the game plan that you have - because you have a game plan for the first game - (is if) after swelling, there was setback, he doesn’t feel comfortable,” Shanahan said Sunday. “The key for us is not to push him too quick. You don’t know how he’s going to react in different drills. But right now, there has been no swelling. He feels very good and that’s one of the reasons he hasn’t had a day off.”
Shanahan has been pleased with Griffin’s arm strength and preparation entering camp. The staff is also focused on watching how he runs and plants on the leg along with other mechanics.
Griffin said he hasn’t experienced any soreness or swelling in the knee, and he’s eager to upramp his on-field work.
“Hopefully it involves some team reps. I kind of know what the plan is, but it is also up to be changed based on how I feel after this week. So hopefully I can get out there and get out there and get with the team, start doing more team-like activities and just go from there and get back in tune with everything.”