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RG3 has already set up passing camps

Feb 6, 2014, 8:41 AM EDT

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A few weeks ago, I was in the Redskins broadcast studio when Robert Griffin III walked it. It was his first day back at Redskins Park since he left the day that Mike Shanahan was fired. Among the things he told me and Larry Michael was that one of his first orders of business would be to set up a passing camp with he and his receivers getting out of town for a few days of work and bonding.

He got that item checked off of his to-do list quickly.

Pierre Garçon talked to Michael on radio row at the Super Bowl last week and he said that Griffin already has the passing camp organized. Although he didn’t specify any dates, Garçon made it sound like planning for multiple  is in the advanced stages.

“We’ve already got that date set up. We’ve already got a place,” said Garçon. “We’re going to go to Arizona, work out there. We’ll probably do some more in Ashburn. Probably go to Baylor a little bit. We’re definitely going to be around. Probably go to Miami. I’m trying to talk him into going to Miami. South Florida is home. I don’t mind going to Arizona, going to Baylor, going to different places. I enjoy traveling.”

In 2012, Griffin’s rookie year, he and some receivers met up in Waco, Texas, where Baylor is located, between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp. Last year, there were no sessions as Griffin was working to rehab his injured right knee.

  1. kenlinkins - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Rich, Did Cousins have any “Passing Camps” last off-season? Did the WR, TE and RB get together to work out at all before OTA’s? Did any of the WR’s or TE’s go to any other camps to work out? Now a days everyone and their brother has some kind of camp in the off season. Maybe the O-Line should go find an old blocking sled and visit it once a week until OTA’s! Last Question, Do the DB’s get to go to the passing camp?

    • jonevans511 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      I could be wrong about your last question but I think the intent of the passing camp is to get the timing of routes down (in other words they don’t want DB’s there until they’ve worked on their chemistry). My feeling is if RGIII and his receivers/TE’s work hard enough and gain more trust, RGIII will be more comfortable “throwing his receivers open” as the commentators love to say.

      Then, when you add in DB’s, the only additional factor to consider is the coverage. I remember more than one HOF QB talking about the peak of their careers, saying when they were in the zone with their receivers the coverage didn’t matter. If they had a pre-determined place to put the football and the defender interrupted that spot, they already had a mental back-up plan and went to another location. This is obviously a dumbed-down explanation but my point is they need to work on chemistry in a simple pass & catch scenario first. Then they can work in the DB’s and the pass rush.

      Then again, what do I know. I’m just starving for some Redskins discussion since we have to hear about the SB-winning team that’s booted us from the playoffs twice in the last 10 years all the damn time until at LEAST the preseason.

  2. joeregotti - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Hey Rich, Are other players going?TE’s and WR’s? Also, any word on the mini camps dates and or ota’s? I wonder if the players already know the dates, so they can schedule things? Thanks!

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      There is a window for OTAs/minicamps, starts 4/7 and ends mid-June so they can schedule before and after that. Most receivers and TE’s should be there.

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