The Washington Times - May 31, 2012, 02:11PM

By Kelly Parsons

Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has been using the past two weeks of organized team activities as a way to not only practice the things he’s been studying from Washington’s playbook, but also to build relationships with the players he’ll be leading onto FedEx Field come September.

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For Griffin, building solid bonds with one group of guys, in particular, is of the utmost importance.

“If you can be good friends with [offensive linemen] and show them that you care about them, they’ll pass protect even harder for you,” Griffin said. “I just wanted to reach out to them and let them know I know who they are, I know where we want to go, and I need them to be there.”

Griffin said he thinks holding calls often arise from offensive linemen simply trying to overprotect their quarterback. As a guy who lives and breathes on the linemen’s ability to do their job, that’s a penalty Griffin can live with.

“I’d rather them have a holding call than have myself in the hospital,” he said.

And if the offensive linemen do their job just right, there might even be a little something extra in it for them from RG3 himself.

“My family is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and I know how to cook beignets,” Griffin joked. “For every no-sack victory, they’ll get beignets. And I think they’ll love those.”