After a handful of OTA practices, Robert Griffin III’s teammates and coaches have been raving about his arm and accuracy. Shanahan was glowing at his Thursday press conference, as he talked about how much more fun it is to come to work these days. Players have said their coach has an extra spring in his step these days, and he should. He finally has his quarterback. Now, he needs to figure out who will be on the receiving end of these RGIII rockets. Tight ends and running backs that can catch are a rookie quarterback’s best friends. Tight ends Fred Davis, Chris Cooley, and the recently converted Niles Paul will all be relied upon to give Griffin extra throwing options and make linebackers chase them out of the box to create running room. We all saw that Roy Helu, Jr. is very capable in the short passing game, and those skills should be utilized greatly as RGIII adjusts to the speed of NFL defenses.
The big question mark is the wide receiver position. Pierre Garcon is clearly the best receiver, and he’s being paid like a number one receiver, so anyone who thinks there will be “competition” for the number one spot is sorely mistaken. Who will be the number two? You have the veteran leadership and toughness in Santana Moss. Joshua Morgan is a good possession receiver with excellent route running skills. Anthony Armstrong is the speed guy, and could thrive now that his quarterback can get the ball downfield. Leonard Hankerson started to show his talents last year, but we never got to see his full potential because of his hip injury. Many fans believe that he could be the biggest red zone threat on the team. Having so many reliable receivers with different skill sets is not a bad problem to have. It will be really interesting to see who develops chemistry with Griffin, and earns playing time. RGIII will make all of his receivers better, but the competition between them should bring out the fight in these guys during training camp and preseason. Who else can’t wait for training camp to start?