Griffin showed off his breathtaking speed and eye-catching arm strength, but mixed some high throws and one-hoppers with other, more accurate passes on a sweltering afternoon at Redskins Park. He and the Redskins had to settle for it being one of those grueling, grind-it-out days that are a necessary part of the learning process for a young quarterback whose every move is watched so closely.
“It’s the first day, so you can’t really get crazy about it,” wide receiver Pierre Garcon said after practice. “We’ve just got to get our basics down and get things going. . . . He’s doing a lot of great things. We’ve just got to all come together around him.”
Griffin drew cheers from the fans for some of his throws during warmup drills, when no defenders were covering receivers, but things were tougher during full team drills. Griffin made some good throws, including one zipped to wideout Santana Moss for a completion despite tight coverage by safety Brandon Meriweather. Wide receiver Josh Morgan made a leaping catch along the sideline of a slightly high pass by Griffin.