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.


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.”