Robert Griffin III shows improvement in second day of 11-on-11 drills

August 15, 2013

Robert Griffin III throws during Thursday’s practice. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND – Robert Griffin III completed 14 of 15 pass attempts in his second consecutive day of 11-on-11 action at Redskins training camp.

Looking more crisp in his execution on Thursday than he did on Wednesday, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Griffin spread the ball around to five different receivers while taking 21 snaps. His final numbers were 14 for 15 for 179 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback handed the ball off six times.

“I think today was a better practice all around for everybody, but he seemed crisper, and he seemed to do a better job,” Shanahan said of Griffin, who took five more snaps on Thursday than he did on Wednesday. “I still have to look at the film, but he did look better.”

After connecting with Pierre Garcon on three of his five completions on Wednesday, Griffin’s top targets on Thursday were Josh Morgan and Fred Davis, who both caught all four passes that came their way.

Griffin’s lone touchdown pass came from one yard out. Griffin lined up under center, took the snap, rolled to his right and hit Davis, who ran a crossing route in the back of the end zone. That play was one of two roll-out pass plays called for Griffin, Shanahan said.

Griffin also completed two out of three pass attempts to Garcon, both of his attempts to Aldrick Robinson and his only pass attempt to Roy Helu Jr.

Griffin opened the practice by completing 13 consecutive passes as he operated against the scout team defense. The streak snapped when he led Garcon by too much on an out route along the left sideline. Griffin came back for one more play and completed that pass, a 14-yard comeback route to Garcon to complete his day’s work.

His longest throw was a 40-yard strike to Morgan. Griffin also had two 20-yard throws (one to Morgan, and one to Robinson).

“I just think there was a comfortability factor, and just making those decisive decisions,” quarterback coach Matt LaFleur said of Griffin, agreeing with Shanahan’s assessment that Griffin improved on his second full-team practice. “I didn’t see him hesitating at all. I think he had a pretty good practice.”

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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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