Robert Griffin III anointed starter after rookie minicamp

It comes as a surprise to positively no one that the Washington Redskins are going to cast their lot with Robert Griffin III.

Mike Shanahan, entering his third season with the club and in a position where he needs to show some progress, announced Sunday Griffin will be the starter from the get-go. He came to the conclusion following a three-day rookie minicamp.

Considering the Redskins swapped three first-round draft picks and their second this year to move up in a trade with the St. Louis Rams, they had little choice. John Beck has already been kicked to the curb and Shanahan wasn’t going to turn to Rex Grossman again to lead the team.

He’s the starter,” Shanahan said, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “Period.

“Any time you pick a player with the second pick of the draft and you give up another two No. 1’s and No. 2 and you move up four spots, you’ve got a game plan in mind. We’re going to adjust our system to what he feels comfortable with, and we’ll watch him grow, and we’ll do what we feel like he does the best. One thing the NFL is not used to his someone with his type of speed and his throwing ability, and I think that we can do some things that people haven’t done.”

So, Griffin will be installed with the starters from Day 1 of OTA’s, which begin in two weeks. While that might not be ideal for the offense as a whole, it’s absolutely necessary to get Griffin up to speed for training camp and ultimately the regular season.

We’ll see how this promotion on the go works.

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