No player had to answer for a 3-13 season in Washington quite like Robert Griffin III in 2013.
The 2012 AP Rookie of the Year spent his second professional season fielding questions about the health of his surgically reconstructed knee, unity in the locker room and his relationship with his head coach.
According to NFL Media Around The League writer Marc Sessler, Griffin III should have much better things to talk about in 2014. Sessler listed the quarterback as his top bounce-back candidate for 2014.
Griffin III was listed above Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb and Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller in Sessler’s “Strongest Bet” category of comeback players.
“His speed and elusiveness ticked up as the season wore on, but Griffin was never himself on the heels of major knee surgery,” Sessler wrote. “A full offseason should help. So will the addition of DeSean Jackson, who joins Andre Roberts, Pierre Garcon and young Jordan Reed to give Washington a collection of pass-catchers the equal of any league-wide. Coach Jay Gruden and the ‘Skins have used this offseason to surround their young quarterback with weapons, and we expect RGIII to pick up where he left off before the injury.”
Enjoying the first healthy offseason of his NFL career, Griffin III accepted the team’s 2013 Ed Block Courage Award in March. Later in the month, he invited teammates to a passing camp in Arizona, where he also worked out with Terry Shea, a quarterback specialist who has tutored RGIII since before the Redskins drafted him No. 2 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Griffin III was back in Washington to participate in Phase 1 of Organized Team Activities consisting of voluntary workouts. New teammate Ryan Clark said on ESPN (via CSN Washington) he was impressed with the quarterback’s commitment to preparation.
“He’s about work,” Clark said of the quarterback. “Seeing him in the building these two days, he’s the first guy in there. When I’m leaving, he’s still in there stretching or doing more work. He’s the guy leading the sprints today when we were running. He’s a guy people will follow because of the way he works.”
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