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RG3 on the field, throwing passes at Redskins’ OTAs

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Robert Griffin III is back on the Redskins’ practice field at Organized Team Activities, four months after reconstructive knee surgery.

Griffin is able to drop back, set his feet and throw passes. Albert Breer of NFL Network posted videos of Griffin at work, and Griffin does not appear to have any difficulty moving around and passing. He’s not doing any full-speed running, but from watching what he is doing, you wouldn’t know he suffered a major knee injury in January.

Obviously, there’s a big difference between non-contact drills and playing in an NFL game, and Griffin appears to be working primarily with other players who are rehabilitating injuries, rather than partaking in the regular team workouts. But the fact that Griffin is on the field has to be taken as a good sign that all the optimistic talk about Griffin’s recovery proceeding ahead of schedule was justified.

If Griffin has progressed this far from January to May, there’s every reason for Washington fans to be optimistic that Griffin will make enough progress from May to September that he’ll be on the field for Week One.

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  1. kennykenken8 says: May 23, 2013 11:21 AM

    Why does this seem likes it’s way too soon…..let the kid recover, Shanahan.

  2. thefootballgodssay says: May 23, 2013 11:21 AM

    ELI >(IR)G3 GO GIANTS #NFCEASTCHAMPS2013

  3. nightofthehipple says: May 23, 2013 11:22 AM

    Don’t rush things. Keep him on the shelf until training camp.

  4. crush22 says: May 23, 2013 11:24 AM

    Shanahan will have him off the field permanetly by the 3rd pre-season game.

  5. danielmarcsnyder says: May 23, 2013 11:24 AM

    Collagen-platelet rich plasma is a hell of a drug!

  6. Steeley McBeam says: May 23, 2013 11:24 AM

    Its great that hes back and I hope hes 100% by the start of the season but whats more important in May — getting him some light reps with the hobbled, or letting his knee rest and recover.

    Especailly after what happened last season. Its like they want the media to know hes better more than they want him to actually be better.

  7. logicailvoicesays says: May 23, 2013 11:26 AM

    There’s no surprise in the greatest player in NFL history throwing passes. RG3 is a great competitor and team leader. He sets a great example.

  8. trevsabeast says: May 23, 2013 11:27 AM

    I’m a Giants fan and I’m pullin for em. Truly an electric player, hope he returns to pre-injury form quick!

  9. baddegg says: May 23, 2013 11:27 AM

    Queue the haters claiming that:

    1. Shanahan is rushing him back and will ruin his career.

    2. The Redskins field sucks…anyone stepping on it is taking their life into their own hands.

    3. RGIII will be a shell of the man he was last year and will have roughly the productivity of Bubby Brister.

    4. The Redskins suck.

    Finally, the following terms must be used in the course of this thread: RGKnee, RGLeaf, Redtails, Foreskins, Shanarat, Skeletor, and “Little Danny.”

    There, I think I’ve pretty much taken care of the whole thread now…no need to comment further.

  10. ridingwithnohandlebars says: May 23, 2013 11:29 AM

    He probably threw less interceptions than Sanchez.

  11. unbiasfan says: May 23, 2013 11:30 AM

    Call me crazy but I think Shanahan has something to do with this..

  12. beavertonsteve says: May 23, 2013 11:30 AM

    This is starting to sound too similar to the Derrick Rose situation. If these updates keep trying to make him sound way ahead of schedule the pressure to suit him up week one will be out of control.

  13. folkcrusader says: May 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    Another reason why no one will agree to HGH testing parameters.

  14. nonetruerthanblue says: May 23, 2013 11:33 AM

    As a person, good for him as long as he’s ready and healthy. He’s a good kid.

    As a Giants fan…son of a #%$@&!!!

  15. ozymandias121 says: May 23, 2013 11:33 AM

    2 weeks from now RG3 will be shelved with swelling in his knee and then starts the beginning of the end.

  16. devildog911 says: May 23, 2013 11:37 AM

    IR bound.

  17. overratedsteelerhater says: May 23, 2013 11:39 AM

    the worst qb in marylad is back on the field.
    [won't last long]

  18. iknowmyshht says: May 23, 2013 11:39 AM

    That’s what winners do! ” You play to win the game”

    #Bless the Redskins and No Other Team!!! HTTR

  19. S.Nevada says: May 23, 2013 11:41 AM

    Behold Stem Cells, now lets get them publicly funded.

  20. cajunaise says: May 23, 2013 11:43 AM

    Shanahan’s next press conference: “If his knee wasn’t ready for practice, could I hit it with a baseball bat, like this?” *swing*

  21. eatitfanboy says: May 23, 2013 11:54 AM

    How many deer gave their antlers for that to happen?

  22. baddegg says: May 23, 2013 11:56 AM

    Well, however he’s healing so fast, John Mara is bound to ban it…

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 23, 2013 11:58 AM

    Adrian Peterson was racing Percy Harvin up a hill at this time last year. And winning.

  24. FlyFromTheInside says: May 23, 2013 11:59 AM

    Hmmmm……how about the injury and surgery wasnt as serious as what everyone was making it out to be?

  25. catman72 says: May 23, 2013 12:02 PM

    Doesn’t matter how healthy RG3 is this year, the league is going to catch up to him.

    Skins ran a gimmick offense last year and in the process sacrificed RG3′s development as a QB for the sake of a few wins and a brief playoff appearance.

    This is the Michael Vick experience 2.0.

  26. glen4rg3 says: May 23, 2013 12:04 PM

    It’s not too soon. He’s working out lightly. Nobody’s rushing him. Haters gotta hate I guess.

  27. 1standinches says: May 23, 2013 12:11 PM

    I think to be on the safe side that he needs to come back after the bye week he needs all the time he can get. there’s no point of trying to rush it. we got Kirk cousins.

  28. draftazoid says: May 23, 2013 12:14 PM

    I love how people act like RGIII should be on a recliner with his legs up, never moving, and getting sponge baths. Haha.

  29. soforizo says: May 23, 2013 12:17 PM

    This and AP… who the hell operated on Derrick Rose??? Makes you think DR got a brand new knee installed.

  30. dylanssongwriter says: May 23, 2013 12:18 PM

    Is he ever going to make a dentist appointment?

  31. skinsfansince71 says: May 23, 2013 12:22 PM

    It’s called the read option,you take what the defense gives you.If they have 9 in the box you pass if they go back to defend the pass you run.

  32. bennyb82 says: May 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    If RG3 comes back too soon and tears his acl again, somebody is going to get sued…

  33. duncanthecat says: May 23, 2013 12:38 PM

    thoroughbred

  34. skinsdiehard says: May 23, 2013 12:45 PM

    Gimmicky offenses don’t finish 4th in total offense and 5th in scoring or win ROY or set rookie QB passer rating records. Catman72 is an idiot for sure. Mike Vick never accomplished those things in his first season. Why do folks forget that RG3 can actually pass the ball? Sorry, the league isn’t going to catch up to a 23 yr old QB with 4.3 speed….not until he’s maybe 30 yrs old. So, get used to him beating your a%$#@!

  35. floratiotime says: May 23, 2013 12:52 PM

    Comic opera … he’s finished … this is just red meat for the fanboys.

  36. tampaskinsfan says: May 23, 2013 12:53 PM

    This just in!!!
    RGIII is on the field working and the haters are at home hating.

  37. wfederal says: May 23, 2013 12:54 PM

    Great skill set but whether he’s rushing it or not, prediction is he won’t make it past 5 games without an injury. Luck was clearly the best QB out of that draft

  38. malvaren18 says: May 23, 2013 12:55 PM

    Can wait to see RG3 play next season.

  39. jerrygogo says: May 23, 2013 12:56 PM

    The most electric player in the league. I saw him at met life stadium and was mesmerized. As a Giants fan I got to give him his props. As a realisitc human being, the handwriting is on the wall. The knee combined with his style of play will make his career a short one…

  40. skinfangray says: May 23, 2013 1:00 PM

    So, letting him throw passes on the side, with other players that are rehabbing injuries is somehow being framed as Shanahan rushing him back? Gotta love haters.

    Oh, and for the Raven fan that calls him the worst QB in Maryland. You do realize that our 2 rookie qbs, a third string rookie CB and PR, and a first year kicker laid a nice little beat down on your team last season. Get it straight. Your own fans wanted to get rid of your overpriced “Elite” qb after that game. It must really suck to realize that you are now stuck with Flacco for the foreseeable future and your team will now be relegated to the most irrelevant team in the state.

  41. kerryc21realty says: May 23, 2013 1:01 PM

    Funny to read what all the JEALOUS haters have to say. Wonder how many would trade their teams QB straight up for RG3? Bet most would in a minute. LOL. HTTR

  42. westampa says: May 23, 2013 1:11 PM

    HG3

  43. justintuckrule says: May 23, 2013 1:13 PM

    If it weren’t for the Skins’ trolls that have polluted this site, we’d all be rooting for this guy to get healthy because he’s that fun to watch. Unfortunately, you’ve all forced us to hope that he re-tears his knee up so bad that they are forced to amputate it from the hip down. Hope you’re happy that you’ve brought this negativity on yourself. Only reason why, as you say, “haterz gonna hate”.

  44. thesearbs says: May 23, 2013 1:16 PM

    I love how so many people commenting here seem to think they are doctors and know when he should be participating in physical activity.

  45. awillhide says: May 23, 2013 1:19 PM

    Do people not realize that moving around and keeping the knee moving is part of the recovery? If he just sat in a bed all day the knee would become stiff and not heal properly. Jesus

  46. mrphootball says: May 23, 2013 1:40 PM

    jerrysglassescleaner
    May 23, 2013, 12:27 PM CDT
    Er-g3 . This guy should do wheel chair commercials. #outoftheleaguesoon.

    Hey isn’t your qb sitting out otas for a removal of a back pimple. I live in Dallas and trust me this dude is playing golf secretly somewhere. Cowboys won’t win a sb with Romo.

  47. rgtre10 says: May 23, 2013 1:52 PM

    Yes what Albert Breer and this story failed to mention is sure he’s at OTA’s and on the field, however, he’s with the other injured players recovering from off season surgeries running these drills. And as Griffin explained he asked the trainers instead of those recovering from off season surgeries just standing around taking mental reps let them do some reps together…it’s not like their out there tackling etc.,

  48. overratedsteelerhater says: May 23, 2013 2:01 PM

    the only maryland team sure would not trade qb’s
    rg3 is damaged goods .skins sure could have used a few more draft picks

  49. skinsfansince71 says: May 23, 2013 2:15 PM

    justintuckrule says: May 23, 2013 1:13 PM

    If it weren’t for the Skins’ trolls that have polluted this site, we’d all be rooting for this guy to get healthy because he’s that fun to watch. Unfortunately, you’ve all forced us to hope that he re-tears his knee up so bad that they are forced to amputate it from the hip down. Hope you’re happy that you’ve brought this negativity on yourself. Only reason why, as you say, “haterz gonna hate”.

    Justincase you did not notice, but this is an article about the Redskins QB, if you don’t like the fans or the article don’t read it.

  50. skinsfansince71 says: May 23, 2013 2:18 PM

    overratedsteelerhater says: May 23, 2013 2:01 PM

    the only maryland team sure would not trade qb’s
    rg3 is damaged goods .skins sure could have used a few more draft picks

    The Redskins had 7 draft picks this year and picked up players they needed can the Kravens say that?

  51. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: May 23, 2013 2:19 PM

    Ima keep it simple, I’ll take 1, 3 and 4. I think they may actual try to improve #2 a bit.

  52. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: May 23, 2013 2:21 PM

    Heard he was running around too, if he’s ready to go then good for him. If he were on my team, I’d probably still put him on the shelf until training camp.

  53. rgtre10 says: May 23, 2013 2:27 PM

    Note to all those who seem to think it was the offense the Skins run as the reason for RGIII’s injury…watch the film, and you’ll see not one time was he hurt running on the read option/pistol formations…

    Both injuries the concussion and the knee injury were due to the pocket collapsing on traditional drop back passing plays and he scrambled out of the pocket not from running out of the read option/pistol formations.

    My question to all the haters is why because RGIII suffers a knee injury everyone feels it’s doom and gloom from here on out and blaming the style of offense? Hey Brady doesn’t scramble he got hurt in the pocket should the Patriots had changed the style of offense they run??? I mean look at all the traditional drop back QB’s who’ve been hurt without leaving the pocket…I mean come on it’s football people run with the people get hit with the football and part of that is you have to know when to protect yourself.

  54. justintuckrule says: May 23, 2013 2:43 PM

    @rgtre10 – Bad logic. Look no further than the NFC East. Three of the teams have scrambling/running QBs and one doesn’t. Which one is most durable?

  55. rgtre10 says: May 23, 2013 3:23 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    May 23, 2013 2:43 PM
    @rgtre10 – Bad logic. Look no further than the NFC East. Three of the teams have scrambling/running QBs and one doesn’t. Which one is most durable?

    ___________________________________

    Which one won the division…RGIII

    So there goes you’re logic…speaking of most durable Eli and Coughlin tell us why they always get this dumb arse look on their faces when one screws up or something doesn’t go their way???

  56. beerbudsnbevo says: May 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    If the skins were smart they would be having Cousins run the first team until they know that knee is COMPLETELY healed…

    Asynchronous as they invested, they better protect him

  57. justintuckrule says: May 23, 2013 4:22 PM

    Which one won the division…RGIII

    So there goes you’re logic…speaking of most durable Eli and Coughlin tell us why they always get this dumb arse look on their faces when one screws up or something doesn’t go their way???
    ———–
    This is what I get entertaining a 5th grade drop out. The issue you raised regarded durability not who won the division. By the way, you didn’t specify which year the division was won. Eli’s won a bunch but we don’t talk about those. Division wins are for the plebes of the NFL. Let’s talk SBs. I bet you weren’t conceived yet the last time the Skins won.

  58. catman72 says: May 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    Actually skinsdiehard, a gimmick offense would produce good offensive stats (for one year) so thank you for making my point!

    Quoting his completion % as proof that he’s a well developed passer is especially ironic, considering that high completion % is the direct result of the gimmick dink-and-dunk offense they were running.

    Remember that Vick was nearly the league MVP in his 1st year with the Eagles back in 2010… what happened? I’ll tell you what happened, the league caught up to the gimmicks Andy Reid was using to give Vick easier reads and Vick wasn’t a good enough passer to adapt, RG3 is about to find himself in the same boat.

    The Falcons started Vick off the same way the Skins are starting with RG3, one read and run, which is a good way to squeeze out a few wins, but long term it’s a disservice to a talented young QB prospect.

    If that 4.3 speed (assuming he still has it) is enough to keep him out of trouble, why did he miss so many snaps this past year?

  59. skinfangray says: May 23, 2013 6:39 PM

    Hey CatMan, didn’t watch any of the Skins games this year, did you? How many snaps did Griffin miss this season? And our “dink and dunk” offense had one of the highest percentages of pass completions over 20 yards in the league. Not from dinking and dunking. I suggest you watch the thanksgiving day massacre against Dallas and tell me about our “dink and dunk” offense.

    Also, please do not compare him to Vick. Vick has never been even close to the QB that Griffin is. And, our offense was no more gimmick than San Frans or Seattles. As a matter of fact, those two teams stole our offense. Face it, this is the new wave of NFL offenses. It has taken over college ball, and now it is here. Get over it.

  60. boyshole25 says: May 23, 2013 7:17 PM

    Catman72=moron

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