Over the last two months, Robert Griffin III has had two national commercials debut. He was the only player to address the media on the opening day of training camp. And, in the minds of many fans, he has become the face of the Washington Redskins.
But the Redskins didn’t sign rookie quarterback RG III to be a hype machine. He was taken as the second overall pick to help the team win. On Thursday, he took the first step on that journey when training camp opened. The Heisman Trophy winner is ready for the talk to end, and the on-field work to begin
During the month he was away from Redskins Park, Griffin worked out with some Redskin receivers in Texas. He continued to study his playbook, and stayed in touch with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan
“I made sure I spent the right amount of time in the playbook, but I didn’t try to kill myself with it either,” Griffin said. “It was seeing what I liked and writing down questions for the quarterbacks coach. We’re going to do things that I like and that the receivers like.
That’s part of the reason he feels ready for training camp.
“I was more anxious, maybe a little nervous for minicamps and OTA’s,” Griffin said, “but now that I’ve been through the offense and had a taste of how fast the game is and what I need to do as a quarterback to help the team win, I feel a lot more comfortable. I can dig deeper into [the playbook] now. When it comes to knowing the playbook, no one knows it 100 percent. It’s about knowing what you have to do.”
Just after Griffin was drafted, he was named the Redskins' starting quarterback. In addition, he has several endorsements and a Heisman Trophy, to boot.
“I’ve tried to stay grounded the whole time,” he said. “We live in a right-now world. It’s mostly what have you done for me lately. Right now, the only thing I’ve been good for, [regarding] the Redskins, is fan popularity and the fan base being excited to come out and support us. I try to make sure I stay focused and continue to work and act like the undrafted free agent who’s trying to make the team.”