RICHMOND, Va. – In a span of a couple of minutes, Robert Griffin III overthrew a receiver on an out pattern, floated a ball deep into double coverage that was picked off and misfired a screen pass.
A little later Monday morning, he scrambled right and made a “wow” play — throwing on the run to hit DeSean Jackson in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. Griffin also led a 12-play drive for a TD in the two-minute drill, a nice recovery from a poor performance by the hurry-up offense the day before.
From moments shaky to superb, it has been that kind of camp for the quarterback of the Washington team. RG3 looks exactly like what he is — a young player trying to master something different.
“That’s what training camp is about,” the 24-year-old Griffin said. “You’re going to have those days where it seems a little up and down.”
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The team wraps up camp Tuesday, and in many ways it was a success for Griffin. He was actually a full participant — unlike last year, when his recovery from a knee injury limited his work — and his relationship with first-year coach Jay Gruden is off to a congenial start.
But he clearly has work to do in the latest steps of his transformation from a running quarterback to a quarterback who might occasionally run. Neither Gruden nor Griffin wants to rely on the read-option that made Griffin such a success as a rookie in 2012 but also carries a higher risk of injury.
“When you watch the tape every day, he throws the ball 45 times and 35 of them are pretty good decisions,” Gruden said, “and then there’s a couple of them we have to correct.”
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Hoyer took his reps with the first-team offense at a rain-soaked practice. Browns coach Mike Pettine said the reps will be mixed this week, and a decision on the starter for Monday’s exhibition against Washington will come later in the week.
• QB Brady Quinn, who was released by the Seahawks last summer, agreed to terms with Miami. Quinn, 29, is expected to compete with Matt Moore for the Dolphins’ backup job behind starter Ryan Tannehill.
• Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is getting a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Scandrick, 27, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and lost an appeal on the ban.
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