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Robert Griffin III Sharp In Return To Action


It's not uncommon for No. 10 to be the focal point of practice, but today drew increased interest as Robert Griffin III returned to 11-on-11 drills for the first time in practice this year.

Running the offense out of the Pistol and Shotgun formations, as well as under center and off of play action, Griffin III completed seven-of-10 passes on 16 snaps.

He spread his passes around to all four primary tight ends: Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul and Jordan Reed, as well as receiver Pierre Garcon for several catches.

His three incompletions included an interception by outside linebacker Ricky Elmore, who snatched a pass intended for Leonard Hankerson over the middle.

After the interception, Griffin III finished with four-straight completions and drew the praise of his teammates in the huddle.

"[Griffin III] looked like himself. He has throughout this whole camp, but you realize he's only been throwing in 7-on-7's," said veteran wideout Santana Moss. "It's good to see him back out there with the guys.

"I'm sure he felt psyched up inside, but he looked like himself."

While the local and national media will track and analyze every throw between now and the end of training camp (when practices close to the media), Moss said the huddle is more interested in getting back in a rhythm with their franchise quarterback.

"I'm pretty sure a couple of reads here and there he would like to have back," Moss said with a shrug. "That's going to be happen being out there, and in due time, he might not feel like himself right now, but as time goes on, he will be back to 100 percent."

Head coach Mike Shanahan said that he would not divulge the team's plans moving forward, but that if Robert Griffin III didn't suffer any setbacks, he was still on track for Week 1.

"I'm not going to go over what our game plan is, but I'm just hoping there's no setback, like we talked about before," he said. "I thought we made some good progress today and hopefully we can keep on doing it."

Shanahan has preached patience and progress all offseason and said he was encouraged by what he saw from Griffin III, even against the scout team defense.

"It was nice to get him into a team atmosphere. I thought he did a good job and it was a good first day," he said. "It's a different environment when you go into a team situation. He's had a lot of reps, but it's obviously sped up when you go into a situation like we did today. It was good for him."

The scout team defense will continue to provide obstacles, but not really put pressure on Griffin III as he continues to work his way back from ligament reconstructive surgery.

Even without going full speed, Shanahan was content that the situations mimics the preparation Griffin III receives in a typical game week.

"That's one of the reasons why you practice. We try to make it as real as possible," Shanahan explained. "You always want your scout team to give you the same look that you're going to get on game day. The only way you're going to have success on game day is if your scout team kind of sets the tempo.

"[Griffin III] will get more accustomed every practice he has, every rep he gets, and obviously our goal is to get him ready for the first game. Hopefully there is no setback."




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