By Tarik E-Bashir
It’s been gradual, but Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III says he’s experience meaningful improvement through the first four days of training camp.
“Day 1 of training camp, everyone’s amped up and there’s a lot of jitters,” Griffin said during his weekly news conference Monday. “You want to come out and impress. I think we did some things good, but I think we did some things bad.”
“The best way to describe it is we hit everything that was closely contested, and we missed everything that was wide open.”
It did not escape the attention of reporters and the thousands of fans in attendance last Thursday that Griffin had an uneven performance on the opening day of training camp, missing both high and low on a number of throws.
This much, however, has been rather obvious in the three practices since: The touted rookie is getting more comfortable running Coach Mike Shanahan’s offense, reading and reacting to the defense and is showing more confidence in his abilities.
On Monday, for example, the majority of Griffin’s passes found their intended targets, and at least once, he showed his trademark burst of speed on a bootleg that he took in for a touchdown.
“We’ve made some stride since Day 1, and I’m proud of the offense,” Griffin said. “But by no means are we satisfied.”
Asked what he specifically wants to improve, Griffin responded, “Everything.”
“I’m not one to say, ‘I’m really bad at that’. It’s not that I’m naïve or stubborn. I just don’t look at myself that way. Whether it’s working on picking up the blitz pressure and knowing where to with the ball or what to do in certain situations, I’m working on all those things: feet, drops, hitching up in the pocket, just getting completions and staying on he field.”