‘We’ll go into the season with Robert as our No. 1 guy’

The Washington Redskins have the fifth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the NFL scouting combine started yesterday. Head coach Jay Gruden who’s entering his second year made an interesting announcement in his media session. On the 18th day of February he stated that Robert Griffin III will be Washington’s starting quarterback heading into the season.

While many feel like that news could have been announced in June, Gruden chose to do it yesterday during his media session at the NFL Combine. Griffin’s first three years in the league have been ‘interesting’ to say the least. After being benched and publicly scolded by Gruden last season, the QB competition that was declared will no longer be so.

Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy got opportunities to start and lead the team last season, each having varying levels of success. Even with Robert’s struggles, it’s clear to see that he’s the most talented. Gruden had this to say in a piece from ESPN’s John Keim:

“Robert is a hard worker. He works hard on his body and his strength, but we will have things drawn up for him, specific things that he can do to get better from the quarterback position mechanics-wise, throwing-wise, drop-wise. He has a good idea of what we did in OTAs and during the season with footwork and fundamentals that he’ll continue to build on. Hiring Cavanaugh will only help in that process.” – Jay Gruden

After a turbulent year, it’s great to hear that Washington has a plan in place with their signal caller. The position specific work he puts in during the offseason should only accelerate the process in OTAs and minicamps. It’s imperative that Washington find out what they have in Griffin, if he’s capable of becoming their leader of the future or if it’s time to find the man that is.

Griffin didn’t have an exceptional year last season, but he definitely showed little signs of growth. He took a lot of check-downs, taking what the defense gave him versus forcing the big play to happen. Robert’s development plays a huge role in Washington becoming a better team or not this upcoming season.

It’s worth keeping an eye on what happens with Kirk Cousins, whether he’ll be traded or not. The Redskins have a ton of needs heading into the draft, knowing who their starting signal caller is definitely alleviates one of those needs.

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