Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has spent the offseason mostly avoiding comparisons to last season. But Griffin did acknowledge Tuesday, as the Redskins opened a minicamp, that he’s pleased not to have to wear a knee brace any longer when he plays.
“It feels great,” Griffin said following a morning practice at Redskins Park. “Like I said, I’m blessed to have an offseason this year and not have to wear the brace. But I don’t necessarily look at last year as a downer because of the brace. It’s just better this year not to have it.”
Griffin has shed the brace after wearing it last season to support his surgically repaired right knee. He and the Redskins hope he will recapture his rookie-year magic during the upcoming season with the help of the arrival of the team’s new coach, Jay Gruden.
“I feel really comfortable with what Coach is asking all of us to do — offensive line, receivers, running backs, tight ends and the QB room,” Griffin said Tuesday. “It’s all coming together nicely. That’s what we wanted to get out of this offseason, to have that offense down and be able to do multiple things, run a little no-huddle, be able to line up and mash guys. And it’s all coming together. So I feel really comfortable and it really helps having these guys here and doing the great things we’re doing.”
Griffin went back to avoiding comparisons when he was asked about the Redskins practicing their red-zone offense Tuesday and about their chances of improving their performance in that area.
“What Coach has told us is to forget last year and that’s what we’re doing,” Griffin said. “We’re gonna work on red zone because to be an effective offense, you have to do well in the red zone. To what you’re saying, last year, yeah, we weren’t effective. But it’s not gonna affect us this year. It’s new year. It’s a new season.”
The team’s players are off for a little more than a month after this minicamp, then report to training camp in Richmond in July. Anticipation for that is beginning to build, Griffin said.
“We’re all looking forward to Richmond,” he said. “Not to necessarily get away from our families or anything but to go out there and be together as a team and put the pads on, get ready for the season and actually practice and play against other people. I think it’s time for that.”
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