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Hip-hop music thumped off the walls of the Allison Indoor Football Practice Facility on Baylor University's campus the morning of March 21. Robert Griffin III and other Baylor seniors compiled for their pro day a mix that included popular hits and some lesser-known, slowed down "screwed" beats from the subgenre born in Texas.
No one could blame Mike Shanahan for turning green Sunday afternoon when he sees the New Orleans Saints' offense at work in the Washington Redskins' season opener. The Saints ranked first in the NFL last season in yards per game and per play; second in points per game and first in first downs. And they have a record-setting quarterback at the controls.
This was a preseason of attrition for Washington Redskins running backs. Tim Hightower wasn't 100 percent after knee surgery last fall, Roy Helu Jr. missed time with sore Achilles tendons and Evan Royster felt soreness in his right knee.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III felt good about what he saw when he re-watched the video of his 14 plays in Thursday's preseason victory over Buffalo. In addition to throwing the ball well, he's getting comfortable with the audibles he has at his disposal at the line of scrimmage.
There will be times this autumn, and many other instances in the years to come, when an entire fan base holds its breath watching Robert Griffin III. The exalted franchise quarterback of the Washington Redskins will tuck the football under his arm and race beyond the line of scrimmage into harm's way.
Wide receiver Josh Morgan watched from the sideline Tuesday as his new Washington Redskins teammates practiced various situations during 11-on-11 team drills. He's still limited by the broken leg he suffered last October during garbage time of the San Francisco 49ers' blowout win over Tampa Bay.
Art Briles panicked the first time he saw Robert Griffin III throw a football in person. It was that feeling you get when a secret you must keep is close to getting out.
Scott Campbell sat alone on the metal bleacher in Section T, Row 29 of Ladd-Peebles Stadium last Wednesday overlooking the South team's Senior Bowl practice through a pair of dark sunglasses. Wavy brown hair peeked over the rim of the same burgundy visor that distinguishes him on the Redskins Park practice fields each summer during training camp.