Day One of Washington Redskins training camp reminded some that, although Robert Griffin III is already a superstar, he is also still a rookie with a lot to learn.
Griffin flashed great ball velocity, footwork, and poise in his training camp debut Thursday; however, he struggled with his precision at times during practice. When you see the headline, “struggled with accuracy” that’s typically something that worries fans. Especially for a Washington Redskins football team that has seen that headline for the past decade at training camp. However, accuracy can at times be overstated and ill-defined if one doesn’t elaborate on why passes were not on target.
When talking football, accuracy is all about performing a task with precision – which takes practice. Robert Griffin III has to develop the traits of anticipation and reacting against NFL defenses. This is new for him. It will be a major part of his maturation process, but Griffin is more than capable of developing great precision. He’s done it on the collegiate level at Baylor, now he just has to get used to the speed of the professional level.
Right now, Griffin is reacting slowly to defensive looks and progressions. This will get better with time, and it’s why they have training camp and pre-season games. It’s not that Griffin is inaccurate. At this point, early in training camp, he has to work on being precise. He has to be able to make quick decisions, anticipate routes, and react to defensive looks. This is not something you can develop overnight; it takes time, and now is the perfect period for Griffin to improve on that.
The Redskins are forming an offense around Griffin to maximize what he does best. It’s a learning process for everyone, and RGIII is up to the challenge.
Tags: Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III, NFC East, NFL
By Emmanual Benton