Robert Griffin III could be ready by the start of training camp, but during OTAs, Kirk Cousins has the chance to prepare like he'll be the guy next season.
Four months and two weeks removed from right knee ligament surgery, there, for all to see, was evidence to justify the Washington Redskins' optimism that their franchise quarterback will be ready to start the regular season Sept. 9.
Robert Griffin III's rehab started with a "cry festival." Then came a special new passcode for his cellphone and a chance to hash things out with coach Mike Shanahan.
Winning has a way of proliferating good vibes. The Redskins finally are realizing that. This is what owner Daniel Snyder had in mind when he hired general manager Bruce Allen and coach Mike Shanahan little more than three years ago.
No NFL mock draft mentioned the outgoing, mop-haired offensive lineman from Central Michigan. No trip to the pre-draft combine or big-name agent or endorsement deal. A YouTube video of one of his workouts garnered 373 hits. So, Repovz watched the draft's final day at Buffalo Wild Wings and hoped, but didn't expect, to hear his name mentioned.
Bacarri Rambo celebrated his interception during rookie camp Sunday morning by running to Phillip Thomas on the sideline, jumping and bumping shoulders with him. The sequence previewed a best-case scenario for the Washington Redskins. The two rookie safeties could eventually help a secondary that provided more questions than answers last season.
Mike Shanahan didn't need to play it safe. He could swing for the fence, and he did. That freedom comes with returning 21 of 22 starters from last season's 10-win division champion.
The Redskins drafted NC State cornerback David Amerson in the second round of the draft Friday night, 51st overall, and Florida pass-catching tight end Jordan Reed in the third, 85th overall. The selections demonstrated coach Mike Shanahan’s affinity for athletes with exceptional physical measureables.
Washington tried twice in free agency to sign a top cornerback but could not complete a deal with Aqib Talib, who re-signed with New England, or Antoine Winfield, who chose Seattle after visiting Redskins Park. On Friday, though, the Redskins can handpick their man.