Robert Griffin III: ‘It feels great to ditch the knee brace’
Robert Griffin III is entering his third season in the NFL and is now fully healthy after his knee injury during the 2012 playoff game with the Seattle Seahawks. That injury cost him much of his production during the 2013 season and many fans and experts felt that Griffin had been rushed back.
During the 2013 season, Griffin wore a knee brace to ensure he didn’t re-injure his surgically repaired right knee. Griffin has finally been able to ditch the brace and he couldn’t be happier. The Redskins started their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and Griffin spoke about the upcoming season.
“It feels great,” Griffin said following a morning practice at Redskins Park. “Like I said, I’m blessed to have an offseason this year and not have to wear the brace. But I don’t necessarily look at last year as a downer because of the brace. It’s just better this year not to have it.”
Griffin made his name at Baylor as a dual-threat quarterback. After being drafted by the Redskins with the second overall pick in 2012, he continued what he started and continued to run. That proved to be his undoing in 2013 as the brace restricted his movements and forced him to become more of a pocket passer, something he wasn’t used to.
Many will be hoping that Griffin can recapture his rookie form and erase the disappointment of the 2013 season. The Redskins will be entering the 2014 season with a new head coach after firing Mike Shanahan. Griffin said he feels comfortable with what new head coach Jay Gruden is foing.
“I feel really comfortable with what Coach is asking all of us to do — offensive line, receivers, running backs, tight ends and the QB room,” Griffin said Tuesday. “It’s all coming together nicely. That’s what we wanted to get out of this offseason, to have that offense down and be able to do multiple things, run a little no-huddle, be able to line up and mash guys. And it’s all coming together. So I feel really comfortable and it really helps having these guys here and doing the great things we’re doing.”
The Redskins made a splash in free agency and bringing in some added weaponry for Griffin to throw to, including former Philadelphia Eagle speed receiver DeSean Jackson. With the array of talent around him, the pressure is on Griffin to produce