Redskins Rookie Mini-Camp: Chase Minnifield and RG3 on Display
62 players, including former UVA cornerback Chase Minnifield and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, wrapped up a three-day rookie mini-camp with the Washington Redskins Sunday.
During five non-contact practices over three days in Ashburn, coaches and scouts saw hopefuls compete for just a few roster spots.
Minnifield was one of 12 undrafted rookie free agents in camp.
Minnifield said, "There's a lot of things that the Redskins offer that is a positive. I'm used to the situation. I know a lot of people around here. I had a lot of things I could learn from. I thought I could come in here and start, but I thought I could come in anywhere and start honestly."
The 6'0", 185-pound former Cavalier started all 24 regular season games the last two seasons at Virginia and had 13 career collegiate interceptions.
The 23-year-old underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in January. He's almost 100%, but Redskins coaches limited Minnifield to light workouts this weekend to avoid further injury.
He's using his undrafted title as fuel after not being selected in April's draft.
Minnifield said, "It was tough, just because I put up a better college resume than most. I'm a two-time first-team All-ACC player. I put in the work, and I had a chance to leave my junior season, and I came back. I didn't play worse than I did my junior season, so it was definitely a shocking thing, long weekend, frustrating, but I'm going to turn all the negative energy into a positive energy."
Griffin III headlined Redskins rookie mini-camp this weekend.
"Of course it's easier with a bunch of rookies," said Griffin III. "The veterans aren't trying to tape you to goalposts and pour water on you. It's just about coming out, having fun, having a good attitude. The vets know that they brought certain guys in to do certain things, so they're going to expect you to come out and do your job."
Head coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday that RG3 is his starting quarterback...period.
"Anytime you pick a player with the second pick of the Draft, and you give up two #1s and a #2 to move up four spots, you've got a game-plan in mind," said Shanahan. "We're going to adjust our system to what he feels comfortable with. We'll watch him grow and do what we feel like he can do and he does best."
Griffin will work with the starters when Washington begins full offseason practices later this month.
The former Baylor Bear worked under the direction of his head coach and his offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, during the weekend.
Griffin III said, "It's been awhile since we've been able to do football things. We've been doing combines and beauty pageants on pro days. It's time to get to football, so it felt good to get out here, really get a chance to do the things that you study on paper, and go out on the field and perform it, so it was a lot of fun."
Shanahan said, "He's a natural thrower. He's got great throwing mechanics. The first thing you look for in a quarterback is can he throw the football, and one of the reasons why we moved up is his ability, his mechanics. He's a thrower first. Everybody talks about his ability to run. That's because he's got Olympic speed, but the first thing you've got to do in the National Football League is be a thrower, and that's the first thing that we liked about Robert, and obviously his other skills really fit in perfectly to what we do."
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