Aside from the media storm that has surrounded Robert Griffin III at Washington Redskins Training Camp in Richmond, Virginia, things have been fairly quiet all things considered.
It’s no stretch to say that all eyes have been on RG3 since he has made a miraculous comeback from knee surgery after he tore his ACL and LCL in his right knee. The injury required extensive surgery and many believed that he wouldn’t return in time for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Heisman Trophy winner proved everybody wrong and was cleared for action just prior to the beginning of camp.
Even though team doctors and Doctor James Andrews, the man that preformed the surgery, cleared RG3 to return to the field, head coach Mike Shanahan was adamant in saying that he won’t push Griffin too hard in camp and won’t let Griffin push himself too hard, either. Don’t expect to see him in any preseason games and 11-on-11 won’t be an option until later in camp.
Since RG3 won’t be on the field and evaluators don’t need to focus on him, the attention will turn to the defense. Last season, the secondary was one of the worst in the league and often let the team down in crucial moments. It didn’t help that they were hindered by injuries as safety Brandon Meriweather made only one appearance in 2012.
The Redskins now return Meriweather and hope that he will fill in at strong safety. However, Meriweather is currently listed as questionable for their first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans and many are excited to see sixth round draft pick, Baccari Rambo, and what he’ll be able to do with his new-found opportunity.
Speaking of sixth round picks, Alfred Morris is entering this preseason with the hopes of building on an extremely successful 1,613 yards rushing in the 2012 campaign. In case you were wondering, Morris hasn’t changed personality-wise as he came to camp in his beat-up Toyota.
Even though the Redskins have determined who their starter is going to be, that doesn’t mean there isn’t competition at the quarterback position. After signing Pat White over the offseason, Kirk Cousins has some company in the second huddle. White is a mobile quarterback that is similar to Griffin and would allow offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to run the same style offense and similar plays if Griffin were to unfortunately go down again.
This preseason, the Redskins will play the Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their four exhibition match ups. It’s a good mix of opposing talent that will help the coaching staff evaluate who they have and who they don’t.
It’s a refreshing preseason for the Washington Redskins who usually have controversy surrounding their fall camp. If RG3’s knee rehab is their biggest story line this August, they’re doing something right.