- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2012


Here are some thoughts and observations from Friday afternoon’s Redskins practice:

QB Robert Griffin III made some good throws, and he missed others. This is who he is right now. He’s learning and working to improve. 

Early in team drills, Griffin threw behind WR Aldrick Robinson over the middle after he faked a draw to the running back. Again, the mechanics of faking and then resetting to throw are a work in progress for him. There are several elements involved, including footwork, timing and throwing mechanics.

Soon after missing Robinson, though, Griffin connected with WR Leonard Hankerson on the same play. He faked the draw, reset and completed the pass. Griffin likes to say he doesn’t make the same mistake twice, and on that throw he didn’t.


Griffin later overthrew TE Logan Paulsen in the end zone during goal-line work. He had time to throw and had drifted to the left from the pocket. Paulsen was fairly well covered. Griffin tried to lead him but threw it too far.

Griffin’s arm strength is fine, but the sharpness isn’t always there — even in QB-WR drills without a defense. Some passes are behind receivers; others are a bit high; others are on target. I’m eager to hear his take on his progress when we finally get to meet with him on Monday.


Griffin’s tendency to hold the ball too long in the pocket will be a topic of conversation until we collect more data on him Thursday night against Buffalo.

He took a safety Friday when the Redskins’ offense worked from its 1-yard line. LOLB Ryan Kerrigan sacked him, but Griffin had time to get rid of the ball. He corrected it on the next throw, getting the ball out quickly to TE Chris Cooley in the right flat.

Earlier, CB DeAngelo Hall blitzed from the slot on the right side of the defense. TE Chris Cooley picked up the blitz, while WR Leonard Hankerson was open on the left sideline. Griffin didn’t see him, though, for a couple seconds. He finally completed a pass to Hankerson, but the play took too long.

QB Rex Grossman on Friday morning said he expects Griffin to speed up his reads and decision making in Thursday’s game when, unlike in practice, Griffin knows the defense can tackle him. We’ll see.


TE Chris Cooley lined up at fullback during one play on which the Redskins practiced third-and-1 situations. Cooley took the handoff and got a first down. We saw that last year in the Monday night game against Dallas, too.

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