With the Redskins going through the paces of the first full-squad workout in their spacious new practice bubble, QB Robert Griffin III sailed a few throws, double-clutched a time or two before pulling the ball down and running and occasionally looked a bit off-balance when throwing from the pocket.
But there were plenty of positives, too, with Griffin flashing his strong and accurate right arm on numerous occasions in the 1:45 workout, showing a good command of Washington's offense and generally looking comfortable in the spotlight. If anything he might have been a bit too amped early on in the practice, eager to show the entire Redskins roster what all the fuss is about.
Watching Griffin in this baby-steps part of his indoctrination to NFL, I couldn't help but be struck by how many times the Redskins' play calls had him rolling out of the pocket to throw on the run. Or occasionally boot-leg it around one end. Griffin rolled right and he rolled left. I'll bet he even rolled out of bed Monday morning. If it was a preview of what was to come this season, Washington fans can expect him to throw from the pocket a clear-cut minority of the time in 2012.
And I can see why Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would make that call. When Griffin throws on the run, he's deadly accurate, even when he's rolling left and throwing against his body. From the pocket, he looks a little less certain of himself, and at times didn't get comfortable or fully mechanically set before releasing the ball. The footwork just isn't as smooth in that part of his game.