May 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 31, 17 days before the start of minicamp.
(Still on vacation, enjoying some beautiful sunsets in the Outer Banks. But fresh content is back in your Need to Know.)
A year ago as Robert Griffin III recovered from reconstructive knee surgery his press conferences during OTAs and minicamp were major productions, with ESPN and NFL Network often running them live and national media types in the press gaggle. On Thursday it was quite different with just the locals gathered around the third-year QB and no live broadcast. Instead of stretching out to 15 minutes or more, Griffin’s Thursday session lasted about five and a half minutes. Here are five notable quotes from Griffin’s presser:
Initially, Griffin dismissed a question about his mechanics, but he went on to say that he had made a tweak in his stance. “A lot of that talk I just leave to you guys to talk about that stuff. I talk with coach. We’re just back out there playing football, man. I talked about it already, getting the base to shrink a little bit from what we were being taught before and back to what’s natural. Going out there, playing football, being aggressive, being decisive, and that’s what we’re doing.”
In an answer to a question about his chemistry with DeSean Jackson, Griffin noted that after Jackson’s much ballyhooed absence from the first with of conditioning his attendance at workouts has been perfect. “We’ve been throwing a lot. He’s been here for the majority of the offseason program. I know there was a big splash about him not being here at the beginning but he’s been here since then. He’s a guy that’s so talented and like I said before he’s got a wide catch radius. He can pretty much gel anywhere he goes and we’re excited to have him.”
Last year Griffin was separated from his healthy teammates during OTAs, throwing to the side with others who were rehabbing and running sprints to stay in shape. This year it’s different. “As everyone knows, last year I was rehabbing, getting ready for the season. Right now I get to go out there and be with the guys. That’s the most important part, to be with your teammates, to gel, build that chemistry, and that’s what I’ve had a chance to do. I thoroughly enjoy it and I hope they do too.”
On how he is adjusting to Jay Gruden’s new offense: “It’s always a work in progress. Everything that we’re doing, it just feels good. It feels like it’s flowing well and everybody is fitting in nicely. Moving them around, putting them in different spots. Really just trying to keep our defense off balance.”
Griffin talked about being out of the field with Gruden and it’s apparent that the coach had discussed what happened to Sean Lee, the Dallas linebacker who is out for the season with a torn ACL after a collision during an OTA: “Coach is bringing a lot of energy to the field for us, we’re practicing at a high pace. He wants us to go out there and compete every day but also be safe and take care of each other because we’re all on the same team.”
—It’s been 149 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 99 days until the play the Texans in their season opener.
—Days until: Minicamp starts 17; Training camp 53; Redskins @ Eagles 113