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Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has much to prove in 2012 after being suspended for the final four games of last season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
A quarterback like Robert Griffin III can make a coach like Mike Shanahan feel young again. You could see it in Shanahan's eyes Sunday as he talked about the new face of the Washington Redskins franchise. You could hear it in his voice, too. You might even describe him as giddy (to the extent that any going-on-60 coach can be that).
More than a dozen camera shutters click-clacked on the sideline Sunday as Robert Griffin III practiced taking snaps from center at the Washington Redskins' rookie minicamp. Coach Mike Shanahan watched from the opposite sideline. He has his franchise quarterback. Now he must figure out how to use him.
No sense fooling around with a talent like Robert Griffin III. Barely a week after the draft, the Washington Redskins are already proclaiming the Heisman Trophy winner their No. 1 quarterback.
Robert Griffin III's career ultimately will determine whether the Washington Redskins' 2012 draft was a success. They traded three first-rounders and a second-round pick for the chance to draft him, so the grade is heavily weighted on his performance.
The Redskins addressed one of their biggest needs on Day 2 of the NFL draft Friday, selecting Southern Methodist left guard Josh LeRibeus after trading down two spots in the third round.
His relentless drive to excel merges the elements of Robert Griffin III — the supremely gifted athlete, the quiet kid from central Texas, the hopeless romantic, the charismatic leader, the passionate student — into one package. He is RG3.
Franchise quarterbacks don't fall off trees, Mike Shanahan said earlier this month. He would know after finishing last in the NFC East in his first two seasons as Washington Redskins coach.
Mike Shanahan was in a good mood.