RICHMOND, Va. -- His first day featured a mixture of good and bad throws. Robert Griffin III's second day, however, featured something good for the Redskins to see: no incompletions.
That is, at least not during the full-team work. Then again, he only missed on one throw during the 7-on-7 portion of practice.
It was an excellent showing from the fourth-year passer -- and even included one escape act. It's always tough to know if a quarterback would have been sacked on a play, but in this case Griffin extended a play, slipping out to his right and then, on the run, sidearming a ball to receiver Jamison Crowder just a little to his inside. It was back toward the middle, but it wasn't a dangerous throw because the area was wide open.
Griffin's first pass in 11-on-11 came off -- you guessed it -- play-action, after two straight Alfred Morris runs. The fake produced an open middle and DeSean Jackson caught a 15-yard pass. A nice ball from Griffin.
The Washington Redskins ran some screens, which always helps -- but those should be a big part of the offense this season. It was a screen to the left for Jackson. What I liked: Griffin's athleticism enables him to get off the pass quickly; also, left tackle Trent Williams' ability enables him to quickly get out, throw a key block and provide a lane for Jackson.
On another play-action, both Jackson and Pierre Garcon were covered so Griffin dumped it over the middle to Morris. Again: I would expect some quick dump-offs from the quarterbacks this season. It's just smart. I saw it again later when Griffin, off a five-step drop, dumped it off to Morris. Another screen followed, this time to Chris Thompson.
It also seemed Griffin was getting through progressions, moving off targets and finding secondary options. Saw that a few times. And the one time he was definitely sacked occurred when no one was open. Not every throw was downfield, but that's not how the game works anyway. What the Redskins need from Griffin is someone who can operate the offense, avoid negative plays and move the chains. That's what he did Friday.