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Need to Know: Redskins’ Griffin gets help with fundamentals

Jul 8, 2014, 4:38 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 8, 16 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

—During minicamp, just before the five-week break before training camp, Jay Gruden was asked what he expected Robert Griffin III to do during the break. “Quarterbacks need to throw,” he said. “He needs to continue throwing and working on his footwork and fundamentals, different arm angles throwing the ball. You see some, he’s got to throw three-quarters, over the top, high release, low release, footwork, stepping up into the pocket, two hands on the ball. There is drill work you can do as a quarterback that you have got to take care of yourself when nobody is watching you in order to be great.”

—It sounds like Griffin is following those instructions, with the exception of the part about nobody watching you. Terry Shea, who worked with Griffin during the offseason in 2012 and earlier this year, will be working with Griffin for about a week before the start of training camp. It makes sense to bring in a QB guru. You can’t really judge how good your footwork on your own.

—It was clear that Griffin’s fundamentals suffered last year since he was spending all of his time in rehab and not on the field. Better footwork and holding the ball up higher won’t automatically lead to a higher passer rating. But it will be hard for Griffin to get better if those elements are sloppy.

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Timeline

—It’s been 191 days since the Redskins played a game; in 61 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 31; Final cuts 53; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 69

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  1. hitmeimopen - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    In hindsight, taking RG in the draft via multiple picks surrendered for his rights, we left ourselves open for poor odds of his leading the Skins out of the desert. Did he have a great 2012? Sure, but is that what we wanted? No. I say what we wanted was a QB who could make our offense a consistent powerhouse by dint of his mastering the position…not by leading a gimmick offense…for one year. Can he be that guy? Hope so…because if he can’t we’ll be again ‘in search of’ soon.

  2. hailyeah1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    well here comes a can of worms thread, Griffin will be fine ,last year it was not the record or his development it was about the knee and the bad defense/special teams and drama in the locker room.
    we didn’t really know how controlling Shannahan was and it seemed to show on the field looking back at it.
    in the 2012 nfc championship run it was the defense that stood up and did their part in the second half of the season where i in 2013 they played like the first half of 2012 season all season last year .
    who was realy in charge of the defense ?

  3. kenlinkins - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    It never hurts to work on fundamentals. Being a master of your craft is always a good thing. I am happy that RG3 doesn’t feel it is not required of him. His coach stated he needs to throw, learn / practice arm angles and footwork. RG3 is not a finished product by a long shot. He still has much to learn and in some areas correct. We will see how far he has come under the new coaching staff as his development is a major key to the Redskins becoming a winning team again. This is going to be a fun preseason to watch.

    • alextwrs - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      That’s why I love him as our leader on offense. He’s always willing to work the hardest and I think he wants to be a student of the game in order to meet his lofty goals. He is going to listen to everything the coaches suggest. He’s not in a position to be proud. It equals development to me. Hail

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