Robert Griffin III receives first 11-on-11 snaps of camp

August 14, 2013
Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin, after weeks of maxing out at seven-on-seven work, is finally permitted to go 11-on-11. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND — Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III‘s long wait for action in 11-on-11 action came to an end Wednesday afternoon as the quarterback took 16 snaps against a full defense for the first time since receiving medical clearance to return from rehabilitation from knee surgery.

Griffin completed 7 of 10 passes for 101 yards and threw one interception. He also handed the ball off six times.

Griffin previously had been limited to seven-on-seven drills, working with wide receivers, tight ends and running backs against defensive backs and linebackers, but without any offensive and defensive lines.

On Wednesday, Coach Mike Shanahan cleared him to move onto the next phase in his return from reconstructive surgery in January.

Griffin handed the ball off on his first three plays of 11-on-11 action. Then on his fourth snap, he lined up under center, dropped back and hit Pierre Garcon on a 25-yard play-action slant route against the scout team defense. After making way for Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman and Pat White to take their allotted second and third-team snaps, Griffin and the first-team offense returned to the field.

Griffin threw a low incompletion to Leonard Hankerson, who got both hands on the ball, but couldn’t hang on as he got hit by a defensive back.

Then, operating out of the pistol formation, Griffin completed a 33-yard strike through the air up the left sideline to tight end Jordan Reed. Griffin then threw an incompletion off the hands of running back Alfred Morris on the next play.

On his eighth snap, Griffin lined up under center and completed a 10-yard pass to tight end Logan Paulsen over the middle. Griffin’s final 11-on-11 snap before practice moved onto another segment wound up as an interception on a dump-off pass. Linebacker Ricky Elmore picked it off.

The team broke for special teams drills, and after that segment, Griffin returned for four more plays.

He handed the ball off once, then completed an 18-yard play-action pass to Garcon, then handed off again. On his final 11-on-11 play, Griffin completed a 15-yard pass to Garcon on a busted coverage play.

Griffin had lobbied for an increased workload for the past two weeks now, but to no avail. He was scheduled to receive his first full-team drills on Tuesday, but Shanahan pushed the plan back to Wednesday, mentioning Saturday’s rained out practice as the reason for the decision.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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