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Jay Gruden: RGIII has to master the dropback passing game

The Philadelphia Eagles play the Washington Redskins

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Washington coach Jay Gruden has some advice for his former quarterback, Robert Griffin III: Learn how to pass from the pocket.

Gruden said at today’s league meeting that he thinks Griffin is fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered at the end of his rookie year, and capable of making plays with his legs again. But Gruden cautioned that for Griffin to have a long and successful NFL career, he’s going to need to rely less on his athleticism and more on throwing the football from the pocket.

“He can do the zone read, he can run the bootleg and all that stuff that makes him effective outside the pocket, but I think eventually he’s going to have to continue to master the dropback passing game in the NFL, which he needs to continue to do and he will do,” Gruden said.

At the moment, the Browns appear to be the most likely destination for Griffin, and Cleveland coach Hue Jackson would probably agree with Gruden: If Griffin is going to have a long and successful career, he’s going to learn how to be a dropback passer.