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Redskins marvel at Griffin’s arm strength in offseason practices

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The Washington Redskins have held nine days of offseason practice so far — a three-day rookie camp and six OTAs — so they’ve gotten a chance to formulate early impressions of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. While Griffin has a reputation is some circles as a running quarterback, Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports suggests it is instead Griffin’s arm strength generating the most buzz around club headquarters.

Per Carpenter, members of the Redskins’ organization have nicknamed Griffin’s arm strength, simply, “The Arm.”

“It’s more of running to your left and flicking your wrist and throwing the ball 70 yards,” described backup quarterback Rex Grossman, comparing Griffin’s arm action to Michael Vick’s. “His arm almost comes off like a whip.”

Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen says Griffin’s throws are made on a beeline because they “come so hard they don’t have time to rise or fall.”

“It takes some getting used to,” Paulsen conceded.

Accuracy doesn’t seem to be an early issue, either, for the Redskins’ quarterback investment. “He can put the ball into tight windows,” rookie Kirk Cousins told Carpenter.

OTAs and minicamps are non-contact entities, of course, and to forecast stardom based on them would be silly. But the Redskins certainly seem to like what they see from Griffin early on.

“He’s going to make some impressive plays,” Grossman predicted. “Not just runs, he’s going to make some big plays when everything breaks down.”

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  1. doresb21 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:05 PM

    Ryan Leaf impressed SD with his strong arm too

  2. scoonie97 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:08 PM

    Gooooood. But let’s see how he holds up with Cole, Tuck & Ware et. al. coming at him.

  3. qdog112 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:08 PM

    But, but he must have a “fake smile” or something?

  4. mf7krime says: Jun 1, 2012 1:10 PM

    6 – 10

  5. terrellblowens says: Jun 1, 2012 1:11 PM

    They need to stop hyping up Griffin. We know he is physically gifted. He is still just a rookie and will need to earn his stripes by playing against actual NFL competition this year. I think RG3 will be a very good QB but the Redskins should just keep quiet and hope to surprise people this season

  6. skinsdiehard says: Jun 1, 2012 1:15 PM

    Who has a better tandem of young QB’s than the Skins (RG3 & Cousins)? What a difference a year makes!

  7. urfinished says: Jun 1, 2012 1:16 PM

    Can he make the touch passes that are so popular in the nfl though? B/w the safeties and lbs? Cautiously optimistic but that is a vast improvement for us skins fans.

  8. buddybowl69 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:19 PM

    Why just last week, a football that RG3 threw in practice LAST year landed in Bermuda. Now that’s arm strength.

  9. nvpdmx says: Jun 1, 2012 1:19 PM

    Nice, this is what I want to hear as Redskins fan.

  10. skinsdan says: Jun 1, 2012 1:20 PM

    RG Beast

  11. steviemo says: Jun 1, 2012 1:25 PM

    Jeff George could throw it a country mile.

  12. skinsfantom says: Jun 1, 2012 1:27 PM

    IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER, hail

  13. skinsfan6892 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:38 PM

    You all keep saying that the Redskins need to keep quiet but last I checked they didn’t write the story! My only wish is that everyone would stop comparing him to Michael Vick. Let him be his own person with his own style. He has more integrity in his pinky than Michael Vick has ever had PERIOD. RG3 Welcome to DC we are so glad to have you and everything you bring to the team! HAIL!

  14. Stiller43 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:38 PM

    On a side note – washington dc sports radio has said he looked not that great at these past OTA sessions but his athleticism still looks great.

  15. snowpea84 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:38 PM

    There are enough strong arms in the NFL, and its going to take alot more than that for him to be successful. But luckily for them, Griffin might actually have it all, as opposed to just having a few of the things it takes, like a strong arm.

  16. hangtime80 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:39 PM

    In the immortal words of Allen Iverson ” man we talking bout practice”

  17. dirtydrynn27 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:40 PM

    I`m a Redskins fan and I do agree that they should not hype him up and all but you guys have to realize! We aint had a decent QB in 21 years!!!

    Is it a crime for the Skins to hype up a player???
    But its ok for other teams to hype up one of their players (Maurice Claiborne)…..Things that make you go hhmmmmm!!!!!

  18. sd4838 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:48 PM

    Wow, another Ryan Leaf reference. Brilliant.

  19. rgiiiskinsfan says: Jun 1, 2012 1:48 PM

    I don’t know why all of these people feel the need to bash RG3. He’s a humble kid and by all accounts has earned everything thing that he has through hard work and determination. It’s not like RG3 or the Redskins have any control over what the media puts out. As a Redskin fan I’m hoping that we finally have a franchise QB that will be the face of the franchise for years to come. Hail!

  20. johnnycamparm says: Jun 1, 2012 1:49 PM

    Uncle Rico could throw a football over them mountains…

  21. shackdelrio says: Jun 1, 2012 1:53 PM

    Help me, I’m getting RGIII-lash, similar to Cushlash.

  22. davidbrookings1 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:55 PM

    @Doresb21 – RG3 is no Ryan Leaf, c’mon man

  23. koolrepetoire says: Jun 1, 2012 2:01 PM

    HTTR!

  24. rwmilli says: Jun 1, 2012 2:02 PM

    Meh I could care less about the ” hyping “. Doesn’t bug me at all, I’m excited to see this kid play and see what he brings, worst part I’m an eagles fan..one thing I can say though it the strong arm might get him into trouble…the nfl is a faster pace than college and windows close really quick, so skins fans I sure hope you don’t see this kid going favre a few times and throwing into spots he thought he had, leading to terrible picks, other than that good luck rg3! Glad to see you bringing some light to that organization!! And I agree with above ^^^ don’t compare him to Vick, let the guy do his thing

  25. ty49er4life says: Jun 1, 2012 2:02 PM

    Jamarcus Russell had a strong ARM too. Just keep TY3 away from the purple drank.

  26. mjkelly77 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:03 PM

    Stiller43 says:Jun 1, 2012 1:38 PM

    On a side note – washington dc sports radio has said he looked not that great at these past OTA sessions but his athleticism still looks great.
    __________________

    An impartial source has more credibility.

  27. neemdaddy13 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:09 PM

    RG3 is a great talent, no doubt about it. But, arm strength HAS been what he was known for along with his great speed. The true test will be reading NFL defenses, far different than the Big 12. He will also be getting hit alot, which has already been a problem for him. He has already had 2 “known” concussions as well as an ACL tear. How he responds to these things are what will define RG3 as an NFL quarterback, not his great arm strength, which others have mentioned, doesn’t alone lead to any success. We shall see..

  28. joemammy says: Jun 1, 2012 2:13 PM

    Expect everything to break down…often.

    Griffin to the Skins is putting lipstick on a pig.

  29. armchairqb says: Jun 1, 2012 2:15 PM

    Yawn.

  30. hiltonandastoria says: Jun 1, 2012 2:21 PM

    Boller and George come to mind

    Yup the Redskins seems to be going out of their way to try to convince people that they made the right choice.

    Maybe they should shut up and wait until games are played before yammering so much.

  31. jakek2 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:22 PM

    Eli Manning
    Aaron Rodgers
    Drew Brees
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Peyton Manning
    Tom Brady
    Brad Johnson
    Trent Dilfer
    Kurt Warner

    These are your SB champ QBs going back almost 15 years. What do they all have in common?

  32. cash804 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:25 PM

    It’s hilarious how our franchise has been so irrelevant for so long, but all of a sudden everybody’s hating on our QB.

    What a bunch of scared B*s…and rightfully so.

    HTTR!!!

  33. cincyorangenblack says: Jun 1, 2012 2:26 PM

    If Burfict makes our squad and Rey gets suspended….i fully expect Vontaze to rip “The Arm” straight off “the Quarterback” and bludgeon him to death.

    WHODEY

  34. jacunn2000 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:28 PM

    I loathe the Skins, but I am a Baylor Alumni.. I am really torn here. I hope the kid is successful, in a Cam Newton kind of way. Oh yea, and what about all the hype for the #1 pick in the draft???

  35. snakecage says: Jun 1, 2012 2:34 PM

    As a Redskins fan it’s nice to have some hype around the quarterback situation. We haven’t had a franchise Qb in forever. He needs to actually play some games before we anoint him, but this is fun. Just to give you an idea why the Skins Nation is excited. Here’s our starting Qb list since 1985- even in the SB years we didn’t have a franchise Qb. So let us have our annual off season fun and stopping bashing a nice kid who hasn’t played a down.

    2011 Rex Grossman (13) / John Beck (3)
    2010 Donovan McNabb (13) / Rex Grossman (3)
    2009 Jason Campbell (16)
    2008 Jason Campbell (16)
    2007 Jason Campbell (13) / Todd Collins (3)
    2006 Mark Brunell (9) / Jason Campbell (7)
    2005 Mark Brunell (15) / Patrick Ramsey (1)
    2004 Mark Brunell (9) / Patrick Ramsey (7)
    2003 Patrick Ramsey (11) / Tim Hasselbeck (5)
    2002 Shane Matthews (7) / Patrick Ramsey (5) / Danny Wuerffel (4)
    2001 Tony Banks (14) / Jeff George (2)
    2000 Brad Johnson (11) / Jeff George (5)
    1999 Brad Johnson (16)
    1998 Trent Green (14) / Gus Frerotte (2)
    1997 Gus Frerotte (13) / Jeff Hostetler (3)
    1996 Gus Frerotte (16)
    1995 Gus Frerotte (11) / Heath Shuler (5)
    1994 Heath Shuler (8) / John Friesz (4) / Gus Frerotte (4)
    1993 Mark Rypien (10) / Rich Gannon (4) / Cary Conklin (2)
    1992 Mark Rypien (16)
    1991 Mark Rypien (16)
    1990 Mark Rypien (10) / Stan Humphries (5) / Jeff Rutledge (1)
    1989 Mark Rypien (14) / Doug Williams (2)
    1988 Doug Williams (10) / Mark Rypien (6)
    1987 Jay Schroeder (10) / Ed Rubbert (3) / Doug Williams (2)
    1986 Jay Schroeder (16)
    1985 Joe Theismann (11) / Jay Schroeder (5)

  36. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 1, 2012 2:35 PM

    I’m not a Baylor fan or a Redskins fan, but I tell ya, the more I learn about this kid, the more I look forward to seeing him in NFL action. He’s got the smarts of a young Joe Montana, Vick-like arm strength, Flutie-like mobility, Roger Staubach-caliber integrity, and dare a Titans’ fan say it? … the competitive resolve of Steve McNair … all in one package. I mean, are you kidding me?!?

  37. indywilson40 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:36 PM

    Jemarcus Russell
    Ryan Leaf
    Kyle Boller
    Jeff George
    Patrick Ramsey

    All of these guys had strong arms too. What’s your point?

  38. andyreidcarboload says: Jun 1, 2012 2:39 PM

    The Off-Season Champs making headlines.

  39. fground says: Jun 1, 2012 2:40 PM

    the one thing I don’t think you can teach is accuracy. You either have it or you don’t. From what I’ve seen of Griffin he is a incredibly accurate passer – particularly on mid to long throws. Guys like Jaworski seem to agree after seeing tape.

    If you look at all the big time QB busts – what they all had in common is a lack of accuracy.

  40. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jun 1, 2012 3:01 PM

    that’s good that you clarified that it was the Redskins (as opposed to any other teams’ defenses) who ‘marvel at Griffin’s arm strength in offseason practices’.
    because as we all know it takes a hell of a lot more than arm strength to make a good qb. i don’t know if i’ve ever heard the phrase… ‘giants marvel at eli’s arm strength’.
    ya gotta be smart upstairs to be successful in this league, we’ve yet to see if griffin has that.

  41. mcthompso says: Jun 1, 2012 3:15 PM

    Isn’t it funny how people can legitimize bashing someone like RGIII by saying he hasn’t proven anything yet?

    By all accounts this guy has been doing very well, yet people always come on a beat their chest comparing him to Ryan Leaf before he’s ever played a game.

    Blindly predicting someone is a bust just because you are not enamored with them is stupid. Takes a know-it-all to make these claims-and know-it-alls are typically dumb people.

    I root for an AFC West team, so I honestly do not care if this NFC East QB is good or not. Makes no difference–I just want people to be objective. I like being cynical as much as the next person, but please at least have a foundation for your doubts.

  42. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 1, 2012 3:18 PM

    Yaaaaaaawn ….hyping up a rookie in shorts throwing to a player on the same team with no opposing teams defending him…yea IRG3 is the OTA paper champ of the summer, Gtfo skins fans!!! Dudes over hyped n ain’t thrown a NFL regular season pass yet, all hail to the OTA champ! !!! Skins fans are desperate n annoying sissy boys! !!

  43. jwreck says: Jun 1, 2012 3:19 PM

    doresb21 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:05 PM

    Ryan Leaf impressed SD with his strong arm too
    ________________
    So what, you’d be more impressed with the guy if the article was titled “Redskins marvel as Griffin is out-thrown by six-year-old girl”?
    ____
    Stiller43 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:38 PM

    On a side note – washington dc sports radio has said he looked not that great at these past OTA sessions but his athleticism still looks great.
    ___
    On a side note — this is simply not true. All the local media reports on Griffin’s OTA performance have been very positive. You can take that with a grain of salt if you want, I frequently do, local media tend to view local sports through rose tinted glasses. Whether Griffin is struggling or not is not the issue here: it’s that the media has not discussed Griffin struggling at all, and it’s a little weird for a Steeler fan to report that they are. Even if Griffin has not yet completed a pass in OTA’s, it’s kind of obnoxious to have Pittsburgh fans reporting unverified, and most likely fictional, developments in the DC area on a major football news site read by fans all over the country.

  44. sparty0n says: Jun 1, 2012 3:20 PM

    Jakek2 – I give up. What do they all have in common?

  45. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 1, 2012 3:40 PM

    He still reminds me of Celie from “The Color Purple “.

  46. dawglb says: Jun 1, 2012 3:43 PM

    Wow! Looks like we could have a super star ………JaMarcus Leaf III

  47. barrstarr says: Jun 1, 2012 3:44 PM

    Clevend fans are still upset about not landing the #2 pick. Its ok guys.

    Griffen= “The Arm”
    Weeden= “The Age”

    HAIL

  48. jamaltimore says: Jun 1, 2012 3:54 PM

    The articles hyping RGIII 100
    The articles hyping A Luck 0
    Redskins replacing RGIII with cousins and/or grossman Week six: PRICELESS!

    I’m not sure it would happen and I think RGIII may actually be too good for skins to screw up but if it does skins fans will be jumping off the 14th street bridge and shanny’s head will definitely turn purple on the sidelines right before he’s shown the door!

    Best team in MD STILL plays in Bmore not Landover!

  49. mediahyperbole says: Jun 1, 2012 3:55 PM

    Once again the Washington Foreskins win the off season Superbowl…and the MVP is…..RG3! Can’t wait for DWare to destroy this rookie!!!!

  50. greenmachine14 says: Jun 1, 2012 4:00 PM

    Cousins will be starting by week 8… book it

  51. shotgunformation5wide says: Jun 1, 2012 4:01 PM

    @Jake2 – All those teams had a Top 10 Defense, me thinks!

  52. golonger says: Jun 1, 2012 4:09 PM

    “Who has a better tandem of young QB’s than the Skins (RG3 & Cousins)? What a difference a year makes!”

    Spoken like a typical Redskin fan…LOL..These guys haven’t even stepped on the field yet. They could both suck. Oh, that’s right. This is a fan of the offseason SB winners…LOL

  53. golonger says: Jun 1, 2012 4:10 PM

    RG III = HS II (Heath Shuler 2)

  54. jwreck says: Jun 1, 2012 4:14 PM

    tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jun 1, 2012 3:01 PM

    that’s good that you clarified that it was the Redskins (as opposed to any other teams’ defenses) who ‘marvel at Griffin’s arm strength in offseason practices’.
    because as we all know it takes a hell of a lot more than arm strength to make a good qb. i don’t know if i’ve ever heard the phrase… ‘giants marvel at eli’s arm strength’.
    ya gotta be smart upstairs to be successful in this league, we’ve yet to see if griffin has that.
    _____________________

    How could that possibly need clarification? It’s June first, how could “any other teams’ defenses” have the opportunity to”‘marvel at Griffin’s arm strength’”? Everyone here knows that the Redskins are only team that could possibly have seen Griffin perform. Even for Dan Snyder, it would be historically bad decision to allow another team to hang out around Redskins park and watch the offense practice.

    Furthermore, I can guarantee you that back in 2004 there was a news story somewhere about “the Giants marveling at Eli’s arm strength/poise/leadership/constantly pouty facial expression”.

    Everyone is interested to see how next year’s rookies, especially QB’s taken in the top ten, are going to pan out. OTA’s and training camps are the first opportunity the world has to see them perform alongside NFL players, and the rookies’ own teams are the only source of information about how the new guys are coming along. You can believe them or not, but to criticize a story because the the only possible source of facts may be biased is simply nonsensical.

    Lastly, “… and we’ve yet to see if griffin has [smarts]“, “we”? Really? Because I’m pretty sure everyone who follows the NFL even a little bit has seen that Griffin has a high football IQ and, after graduating high school and college a year early, it’s fair to say that Griffin clearly has something good going on “upstairs”. In fact, the only “we” one can imagine you’d be referring to are fans of rival teams who are sour about not getting to play Rex Grossman twice a year anymore.

  55. orakpownd says: Jun 1, 2012 4:24 PM

    @jamaltimore.

    Thankfully we just play in that state….

  56. otis52gsh says: Jun 1, 2012 4:25 PM

    I hear he can throw through brick walls.

  57. trollaikman8 says: Jun 1, 2012 4:29 PM

    Aikman had a laser for an arm in 1989 too. 4-0 in the preseason.

  58. mjkelly77 says: Jun 1, 2012 4:31 PM

    jacunn2000 says:Jun 1, 2012 2:28 PM

    I loathe the Skins, but I am a Baylor Alumni.. I am really torn here. I hope the kid is successful, in a Cam Newton kind of way. Oh yea, and what about all the hype for the #1 pick in the draft???
    _____________________

    An indiviual is a Baylor “alumni”? Remind me not to send my kids there.

  59. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 1, 2012 4:41 PM

    Luck didnt get to attend OTA …so that’s y no hype on him, we don’t need to hype him up, we didnt trade the house to get him, unlike the redskins, even the panthers didnt hype of cam last year, its called being humble, the skins are setting this kid up for failure, so he’s the best thang since sliced bread huh skins fans? ?? Losers!!!

  60. redskins2199 says: Jun 1, 2012 4:52 PM

    hiltonandastoria says: Jun 1, 2012 2:21 PM

    Boller and George come to mind

    Yup the Redskins seems to be going out of their way to try to convince people that they made the right choice.

    Maybe they should shut up and wait until games are played before yammering so much.
    ———————

    Hmm…didnt realize that the Redskins owned Yahoo Sports or PFT. Also didn’t realize that Grossman or Cousins commenting on RGIII’s arm strength was “going out of their way to convince people that they made the right choice”…especially considering those 2 had no input into who that draft choice would be (unless you consider all those Grossman picks “input”…hey-oo!), annnnnd considering that of any players in the NFL, those 2 would have the LEAST amount of motivation to needlessly promote RGIII’s talents, considering his presence pushes them both down a spot on the depth chart.

    terrellblowens says:Jun 1, 2012 1:11 PM

    They need to stop hyping up Griffin. …. I think RG3 will be a very good QB but the Redskins should just keep quiet and hope to surprise people this season
    ———————-
    How exactly do you imagine these quotes came about? Do you think Cousins, Grossman, and Paulson just wandered up to Carpenter, and said “Hey, man…let me tell you about my man, RGIII!”, while giving a wink and a smile to Shanahan?? Or, perhaps, just maybe, a reporter, either with an angle to push (RGIII looks good in camp), or simply on the basis of watching him practice, decided to write this article, and approached a few players to either get their input on Griffin, or more specifically, their thoughts on his arm strength?

    And what are they to do, clam up, and say nothing? Walk away? Lie about what they actually think? Downplay his obvious talent? All because you are getting tired of reading about him? Or because the obvious expectations on his shoulders are going to grow exponentially, because his backups think he’s talented?

    Seriously, do you guys actually think before posting on here??

  61. deathtoromo says: Jun 1, 2012 4:52 PM

    andyreidcarboload says:
    Jun 1, 2012 2:39 PM
    The Off-Season Champs making headlines.

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    This thread is about RG3 not the eagles. Back to the kids table fool.

  62. thrillhouse763 says: Jun 1, 2012 5:25 PM

    Report back when he is being chased by Demarcus Ware. Nobody cares what he looks like in shorts.

  63. truths4all says: Jun 1, 2012 6:10 PM

    Anyone remember that this was the same buzz in Denver when they drafted Jay Cutler and all they marveled about back then was Cutler’s rocket arm? Well, we all saw how well that worked out and how Denver with Cutler never got over .500.

  64. rabidskinsfan says: Jun 1, 2012 9:17 PM

    @peytonsneck18 – how many Superbowls has your sorry ass team won? How many have we won? Exactly…GTFOH before I beat your ass up!

  65. mojosmagic says: Jun 1, 2012 10:04 PM

    This guy is a major talent but imyou don’t win Superbowls playing two touch in shorts. That being said the Cleveland Browns were idiots for not trading their 2 ones for this guy. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

  66. dawglb says: Jun 1, 2012 10:10 PM

    barrstarr, at least Cleveland fans can spell their own QB’s and your QB’s name, and the word “Cleveland”. (Griffen? Clevend? Nice job!)

  67. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 1, 2012 10:32 PM

    Ewwwwww skins fans are internet tough guys, im scurred!! Man i would beat u like a bad kid in the store! !! I dont reply to fake tuff guys…LMAO!!! U BETTER FOCUS ON HAVING A WINNING SEASON FIRST!! HAHA LOSER SKINS FANS!!! U GUYS ARE THE NFC EAST PUNCHING BAG EVERY YEAR!!! HAHA CLOWN SKINS FANS! !!

  68. clevelandschronic2 says: Jun 2, 2012 9:21 AM

    No cleveland isnt kicking themselves abt griffin. The one year wonder. Sorry to break the news but ur screwed the next couple of drafts while cleveland stacks talent at more positions than just qb. Just another typical offseason where the redskins break the bank (draft bank this time) and end up screwed. Enjoy trying to build a team through fa again u losers. Since thats worked so great for u before. Hail to the losers!!!

  69. garryjercia says: Jun 2, 2012 3:23 PM

    In shorts.

  70. backindasaddle says: Jun 2, 2012 6:06 PM

    “Redskins marvel at Griffin’s arm strength in offseason practices”
    ———————————————————-

    I marvel at his hair-do. What a nest.

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