We already knew Robert Griffin III could run fast, now we know that he learns fast as well.
The Redskins quarterback earned high marks from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan during a post-practice press conference on Wednesday. Shanahan said that Griffin has been getting better every day this offseason and that he can make every throw that the Redskins need him to make. Shanahan wasn’t surprised by those things, but he has been surprised by how quickly Griffin has picked up a totally new offense.
“I don’t think you have to be a coach to see how talented the guy is. I think everyone knows that, so there wasn’t that much surprise there. But he’s picked it up faster than I expected. Anytime a guy doesn’t do a lot of drop-back stuff and things like that for really his whole career, it’s going to take time. And with him, he’s really showing improvement each day. He can comprehend what he needs to do and what he needs to get better at, and it’s all about giving him reps. You know he needs reps. He’s got to let his body go through the muscle memory and everything. But from a mental standpoint and just his vision and grasping what he needs to work on, it’s been very good.”
It will be a while before Griffin gets those reps that Shanahan thinks he needs. Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that the final day of Redskins minicamp will consist of lifting and classroom work without any on-field work. That means it will be more than a month until the first practice of training camp and the next practice of Griffin’s career.