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Robert Griffin III already learning Redskins’ offense

Robert Griffin III

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III watches a big screen television during drills at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


The Redskins can’t draft Robert Griffin III for another three weeks, but they’re already confident enough that he’s their quarterback of the future that they’re teaching him their playbook.

In fact, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has already traveled to Waco, Texas, where Griffin was the Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor, to meet with Griffin. And Chick Hernandez of Comcast SportsNet is reporting Shanahan will visit Griffin a couple times a week for the next several weeks.

This is an unusual situation where a rookie who hasn’t been drafted yet is actually getting more time with his coach than a veteran quarterback would get. Under the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Redskins aren’t allowed to open their offseason program yet. But they can visit with Griffin.

It’s also highly unusual that a team without the first overall pick in the draft is going into this kind of detail with a rookie. But the Redskins are confident enough that the Colts will draft Andrew Luck first that they’re already moving forward with Robert Griffin III.

So with nearly four months before the opening of training camp, Griffin is already getting tutored in the offense. Griffin should be ready to take the helm of the offense from Day One.