When the Redskins concluded their offseason practices earlier this month, quarterback Robert Griffin III and his receivers vowed to meet at some point during the five-week layoff before the start of training camp so they could remain sharp and continue to develop their chemistry.
Griffin & Co. made good on that pledge on Friday, gathering in Waco, Texas, for a passing camp.
“We knew we needed to get together," Griffin told reporters at the NFL's rookie symposium on Thursday. "We got workout facilities and everything. Shockingly, I convinced them to come to Waco, Texas, because not everybody wants to do that."
The Redskins will begin training camp on July 26, but offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said following the team's full-squad mini-camp that Griffin will benefit from as many additional reps as he can possibly get as he works to learn the team's offense.
“He needs reps. His body’s got to go through it, the muscle memory and everything. From a mental aspect, everything’s been very good,” Shanahan said, then added, "Just getting out there doing it. I don’t care if people are out there with him, I don’t care if he’s doing it by himself. . . . But it’s reps. We can sit in meeting rooms and talk all day. You don’t have to be a genius to get it all. If you work at it — which he no doubt does — you’ll get it from a mental standpoint."