Shanahan Leaves No Doubt: Griffin to Start

Shanahan Leaves No Doubt: Griffin to Start

The first thing you notice is the footwork—and not because of the gold shoes. Yes, that’s part of Robert Griffin III’s persona. Just like the braids that flowed from underneath his Washington Redskins helmet. However, when Griffin starts dropping back, and sliding one direction and then another, then turning and moving outside the pocket, it’s not the color of shoes that impresses.

It’s the feet inside them.

That’s true whether he's sliding as he straddles bags, or backpedaling on a simple five-step drop after taking snaps from center, as he did during his first drill Sunday.

And then there's his arm. Yes, it impressed every scout, coach and general manager before the draft. It also impressed anyone watching him live for the first time Sunday. There was the quick out route to Aldrick Robinson, in which Griffin dropped back, then turned to his left and zipped a bullet.

There was the accuracy evident in a seven-on-eight drill, in which he hit almost all of his targets (14-of-20 according to The Associated Press), and in stride. There also was the occasional, gasp, human moment in which Griffin threw a bad ball. One slipped from his hand and wobbled toward the intended target, leading to a bat-down. Another was late to the tight end and was deflected. A deep ball to tryout receiver Keith Nichol was overthrown.

One thing Griffin didn’t do during the seven-on-eight drill: run, unlike rookie fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins, who tucked it and ran twice during his portion.

But, in general, the Redskins saw what they wanted to see. So coach Mike Shanahan anointed him the starter for the first organized team activity next week.

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