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RG III saw his most extensive work since camp began, but it was the defense that starred.
On Wednesday at Redskins training camp, quarterback Robert Griffin III hugs Georgia Poole, who will turn 100 on Aug. 26. Nearly 8,000 spectators attended the camp Wednesday.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
RICHMOND — A rainstorm drenched the Washington Redskins as they began stretching on Wednesday afternoon. Coach Mike Shanahan was asked if he would rethink his practice plans.
“Just the opposite,” he said.
The coach ordered a full-tempo workout for nearly two hours, preparing players for adverse weather that could strike during the season.
When Washington’s offense takes a look at the tape, there will be plenty to learn. The defense won the day, snagging a pair of turnovers out of the gate.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III wasn’t immune, throwing two interceptions during his 7-on-7 work.
Griffin took about 16 snaps, his most extensive work since training camp began. He looked comfortable in the rain, and even pulled the ball down and ran for a touchdown during a red-zone scenario.
Shanahan said he wasn’t nervous about his players, because the field at the brand-new facility held up under the circumstances.
“A lot of times you have poor footing, but I thought the footing was good, considering all the elements,” he said. “It’s part of the practice plan that if you get a day like this where it’s not lightning, and you can practice for a couple hours in tough situations, that’s something that helps you.”
He noted the turnovers were something his offense “can’t have,” though the defense was pleased with how it fared.
“[Tuesday] the offense got a few first downs, so [Wednesday] we wanted to come out stronger than before,” cornerback E.J. Biggers said.
Biggers had the day’s first interception, but the first turnover belonged to safety Bacarri Rambo, who pounced on an Alfred Morris fumble during the first 11-on-11 play.
Jordan Crawford and Josh Wilson each intercepted Griffin.
There also were successes for the offense, including a long touchdown pass from Rex Grossman to tight end Niles Paul.
About an hour into the workout, the rain intensified, which drove most of the crowd from the facility. The announced crowd for the day was 7,823, just 52 people off of Tuesday’s attendance.
About 500 stayed until the finish as they watched players slog through their drills.
“It’s good preparation for something we’ll get in the future,” defensive lineman Barry Cofield said. “For the defense, it’s about staying on your feet. For the offense, it’s handling the ball. It was perfect.”
Precautionary measures were taken with players coming back from injuries. Brian Orakpo, Pierre Garcon and London Fletcher sat out the session as Shanahan didn’t want to risk losing them in a practice situation.
The coach said he may move a future practice to the field away from the spectator area to give the other field a chance to be replenished after Wednesday ’s beating. Ten tarps were rolled out after practice to shield against possible overnight storms.
Scattered showers remain in the forecast today.
“I wouldn’t mind a couple of practices like this,” Shanahan said. “But you don’t want 10 in a row.”
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