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Jay Gruden tried ignoring RGIII’s texts during the draft

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As he did with all of his new teammates over the weekend, Robert Griffin III noted the arrival of former Baylor teammate Lache Seastrunk, a sixth-round Washington draft pick.

But Seastrunk, obviously, was a bit different. Redskins Coach Jay Gruden told CSN Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir that the quarterback proactively offered a report on the Baylor running back.

“Yeah, he was texting during the draft,” Gruden said. “I was trying to ignore my phone. He’s a big fan of Lache, and they’re obviously good friends and he has a lot of good things to say about him. So I know Robert’s happy, and we’re happy to have Lache.”

Seastrunk, too, noted the Baylor reunion in a conference call with D.C. reporters.

“I just achieved my life-long goal in life, and I get to play with one of my former teammates, so it’s a blessing,” he said, via the Insider.

Of course, in an attempt to beat the national media to any concerns about this, Hogs Haven ran a poll on RGIII’s texts.

“Has R(GM)III’s influence on the team gotten out of control?” the site asked, presumably in jest.

“It was a 6th round pick…” and “Your a moron” led the voting.

(“Lache has what you can’t coach, and that’s blazing speed,” Gruden also told Tarik. “A great complement for Roy [Helu] and Alfred [Morris]. So he’ll come in here and compete also.”)

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



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