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RGIII is ‘a monster’ in the weight room

By Jonathan Newton/TWP. By Jonathan Newton/TWP.

To the list of recent RGIII superlatives — James Andrews calling him superhuman, Fred Davis saying you could barely tell he was hurt, Pierre Garcon saying he’ll be as good as Peyton Mannning, Mike Shanahan promising he’ll set a record in his return — add another.

This is Redskins assistant strength and conditioning coach Chad Englehart, talking to Adam Carriker and Chuck Carroll on 4th and Pain about RGIII’s performance in the weight room.

“Robert Griffin III is a monster in the weight room,” Englehart said. “He’s really, honestly, a strength’s coach’s dream to have and train. Obviously his athletic ability is off the charts impressive. I mean, he’s one of the most electrifying, explosive guys in the National Football League.”

Because why not, former Michael Jordan trainer Tim Grover was also talking about Griffin this week.

“It takes a little longer to recover from your second [ACL surgery] than it does from your first,” Grover told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Thursday morning. “I would recommend that he actually plays a season with a brace on, just to be on the safe side. I don’t expect anything less [performance-wise] from him. But again, he has to believe in it from a mental standpoint. With a quarterback, your skills are so finely tuned, you’re seeing things so fast, so if you’re thinking about your knee or you’re thinking about the injury from a mental standpoint, that’s going to be his biggest battle. Because you don’t have that much time to think out there. Everything is about reflex and reactions.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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