RICHMOND, Va. – Wednesday was the day that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had been waiting for since the first day of training camp.
The star finally took the field with the first team offense to run some 11-on-11 team drills. They were working against the scout team defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Griffin took the field and handed the ball off for the first three plays. He then started throwing the ball, hitting Pierre Garcon with his first completion. He finished the day completing seven of 10 passes with an interception. Rickey Elmore picked off Griffins pass on his 11th snap.
So, after three weeks of back and forth between coach and quarterback, how did Mike Shanahan think Griffin looked?
“It’s nice to get him into team atmosphere, thought he did a good job. Good first day.”
It was only a few reps, and it was against a scout team defense but it was definitely a step for Griffin. He will keep lobbying for more each day, I’m sure.
Shanahan continues to say that they have a plan each day for Griffin and barring a setback, he will be ready for week one against the Eagles.
Griffin’s teammates have been quick to point out that they understand that he wants to be out there. But Shanahan is just doing what’s best for him and the team. But, do they like the fact that he’s doing his talking through the media?
“We don’t necessarily like it, but that’s the kind of player he is,” says Pierre Garcon. “He wants to be out there, he wants to help the team.”
Richard Crawford sat out today, he will be back tomorrow.
Nick Barnett got the day off as he is still trying to get back from off-season surgery and back into football shape. Shanahan said that Barnett is not expected to play in the Steelers game Monday. But there’s an outside chance he will get some reps against Buffalo in game three of the pre-season.
Dante Stallworth is still not back on the field and hasn’t practiced since aggravating his hamstring last Thursday at Tennessee.
Wednesday was the first day that the team held only one practice during the day. That didn’t deter the Redskins Nation. The team announced that 10,111 fans showed up to watch.
Two more days left in Richmond. Tomorrow we will hear from the assistant coaches.