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Most of Grossman’s rookie season consisted of running the Bears’ scout team. Practice reps with the first unit were scarce until the following offseason.

That’s why he believes Griffin is positioned well. Shanahan’s decision to immediately name Griffin the starter enabled him to practice as such all offseason.

“In my opinion, it is better to get every starting rep from Day 1, and you’re the starter and you’re getting all the reps in OTAs, minicamp and training camp,” Grossman said.

“The position is so much based on timing and reps and confidence. Timing and reps and having success in practice builds your confidence that you are ready to go and you’re a player in this league.”

Griffin on Wednesday explained three main components to his readiness: the players around him, his belief in his physical abilities and his off-the-field preparation.

The latter will be most useful against coaches who attempt to exploit his inexperience.

“The general thing D-coordinators try to do to young quarterbacks is confuse them, whether it’s moving guys around, disguising coverages, blitzing, doing all types of different things,” Griffin said. “It’s just knowing what you’re looking at.”

The playing experience should help Griffin learn. At least that’s the Redskins‘ plan.

For now, some believe Griffin’s success is inevitable. The rate of development is their only question.

“You figure it’s only a matter of time before he takes this league by storm,” Brees said. “I just hope it doesn’t happen on Sunday.”