Robert Griffin III speaks to reporters following last week’s open practice. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

So much of the talk about the play of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III last season focused on his return from offseason knee surgery — how close he was (or was not) to being fully recovered and how that was impacting his effectiveness.

Now that he is that much further removed from the surgery and his knee presumably is that much more sound, Griffin says he won’t participate in any comparisons to last season.

“I leave that talk to you guys,” Griffin said following Wednesday’s offseason practice at Redskins Park. “Like I said, you deal with the hand that you’re dealt. I had to wear the [knee] brace last year. I had to come off an injury last year. And this year I don’t. Thank God for that. And I’ll play to that hand. It’s been good to be out here and get this extra work in with everybody, build that chemistry with a new coach, new guys, new players and, like I said, it’s been extremely fun.”

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Griffin reiterated that he believes the transition to the offensive system of the team’s new head coach, Jay Gruden, is going smoothly.

“I feel real comfortable,” he said. “I’ve had a chance to have my hands and my eyes in the playbook, on the playbook. I’ve been watching film and everything for a long time now. So I feel very comfortable with it. Like I said, it’s very multiple. We have a lot of weapons out there. It’s just about us getting to the right plays and getting the guys the ball and let them go make plays.”

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