RGIII: Improvement evident five days into training camp

Robert Griffin III talks with the media after practice at the team’s NFL football training facility Friday. (Associated Press)

RICHMOND – With five practices in the books, and a day of rest and reflection ahead of him, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he notices and feels improvement both in himself and his team as a whole.

“I think it’s been excellent,” Griffin said. “When you start off Day 1, by Day 5, you need to be a better football team, and I think that’s what’s happening. It’s not just offense, but defense, special teams. I think we’re coming together, and that’s what you want to see throughout camp.”

Entering his third NFL season, and needing a strong campaign to help his team rebound from last season’s 3-13 record, Griffin said he and his teammates have gotten off to a good start. Although Griffin’s game and Washington’s offensive, defensive and special teams remain works in progress, the quarterback says that the team feels more game-ready after five days than they did at this point last training camp, or the camp before that.

The Redskins just concluded three straight days of physical, uptempo practices – the last of which they played in full pads and had more game-simulated action than they have all camp, and that included live, unrestricted tackling (except for on the quarterback).

Griffin came away from the first five days of practice convinced that progress is being made.

“I’ve played two years in the league, and I remember how practices went the first year, and compared how that to how practices went the second year,” Griffin said. “And now comparing that to this year, there’s just a lot more tempo for us on the field as an offense: being able to run plays, hard plays, long plays, changing things at the line, everything is just staying in motion. It’s just a gradual feel that I have personally, being on this team for two years and seeing how they are in practice. I feel like our defense is playing extremely well, and I feel like our offense is executing extremely well.”

Offensive coordinator Sean McVay agreed with Griffin’s assessment and said the growth he has observed in the quarterback has been both physical and mental.

“I think he’s done a really good job of working on his mechanics, his footwork and his delivery, being able to have more of a compact release where he is able to change his arm angle up, kind of feel those soft spots in the pocket,” McVay said. “And then everyone wants to talk about the decision-making and things like that, and I think he’s done a really good job so far of being able to translate things from the classroom to the meeting room and then making those good decisions on a consistent basis, and so if there is a play where you wish you had that decision back, he comes back, learns from it and makes sure he doesn’t make the same mistake twice.”

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What’s ahead:
Washington is off Monday afternoon and Tuesday; the next practice is 8:35 a.m. Wednesday. Here’s our camp guide, if you’re planning to attend.

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