“There was an unfortunate situation there at the end of the season,” Griffin said. “I don’t think there’s anything that needs to be repaired. Obviously we all just need to move forward and continue to just let that bad taste that was in everybody’s mouth just get out and move forward to the next year.
“The only thing that needed a repair from last year was my knee. And that is repaired, and I’m ready to go.”
Griffin did not participate in Thursday’s workout but was on the field. He dropped back and threw passes to wide receiver Pierre Garcon, tight end Fred Davis and other players also rehabilitating from injuries and not participating in the drills.
Griffin’s throws were relatively crisp. He appeared to be able to plant on his right leg and deliver passes, although he and his receivers were moving at far from full speed. Griffin also did some running near the beginning of the practice.
“The knee feels great,” Griffin said later at a news conference. “I’m able to do all the stuff out there without any hesitation. So that’s the best part about it. I’m excited about that. It’s all about having that confidence. If you put the work in, you’ll have that confidence when you get back out there on the field. It’s about playing like you were never injured.”
The Redskins began the offseason workouts, known as organized team activities, this week. This was the first session that was open to media members.
“He works his butt off every day,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “We’re not worried about Robert.” He added that backup quarterback Kirk Cousins was getting “some well-needed reps” with the starting offense.
Griffin, the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year last season, wore a brace on his right knee. He wasn’t in uniform and was dressed in a black long-sleeve shirt and burgundy shorts. He underwent surgery in January for tears of his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments.
“He looks good to me,” Davis said. “I think he looks definitely ahead of schedule. I mean, you could never probably tell that he messed up his knee, the way that he’s coming out and rolling out and throwing the ball as well as he is. . . . After he got his surgery, he was already walking around, like an alien. I don’t know if he’s real.”
Griffin said there are two phases remaining in his rehabilitation. He will begin explosive sprinting in a couple weeks and begin making cuts a few weeks after that, he said. The Redskins begin training camp July 25 and are scheduled to open the season Sept. 9.