On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Redskins OT
On the biggest difference in Richmond vs. Ashburn:
“It’s no different. Obviously you can’t go home every night, but it’s kind of cool to get away every now and then. It’s a pretty good city and a great facility. So it’s not bad.”
On if this is the first day of training camp or if this was just orientation:
“Yeah. I broke that first sweat, so I’d say it pretty much started.”
On if everyone passed the test:
On if the team has swagger after winning the NFC East last year:
“No. Last year was last year. Last year can’t win us any games this year. I mean, it’s great to have confidence, but last year doesn’t help us win any games this year.
“Guys had a couple months off and we’ve been itching to get back and compete with each other. It’s going to be a great atmosphere.
“It’s optimism. Obviously we’ve got a couple key guys coming off injuries, so who knows how that could turn out. But last year was a great stepping stone.”
On if it was different being the underdog vs. the division champs:
“No. I don’t think anyone goes into a game worrying about being the hunter or the hunted, we just go out and play football. The best team wins. Hopefully we can be one of the best teams in the league and just continue to win every Sunday.”
On what the team has to do to improve on that:
“We have to keep working hard every day like we did last year. Coming out and competing in practice and everything will take care of itself.”
On what are realistic expectations for the team this year:
“We want to repeat last year and win the division. Then once you get to the playoffs, anything can happen.”
On if he has enjoyed Richmond yet:
“Oh no. I came straight here and went straight to the hotel.
“I like it, I like the new facility and the city. I’m all for it. I haven’t seen a lot of it, but the part we’re staying in is pretty nice.
“It’s very nice, and I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t expect it. I’ve never been down here but I’ve heard a lot about it. I really like it.
“I like [the facility]. One of the best I’ve been in.”
On if he was surprised Griffin III would be available for Day 1 without starting on the PUP list:
“Typically, I would be surprised. But knowing Robert and knowing how hard he works, I’m not.”
On what it’s like to have
“I mean, it’s Robert. He’s an upbeat guy who keeps everybody going. Having him out there is going to be a boost.”
On if Robert Griffin III needs to play in the preseason in order to be prepared:
“I don’t think so. I mean, he knows the offense, there ain’t nothing new. I think he should be alright.
“I mean, if he keeps taking the mental reps and preparing like he has been, I don’t think he should miss a beat.
“[Robert Griffin III’s recovery] is amazing. But at the same time, I’m not surprised. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever been around, so his success on the field doesn’t surprise me. Him coming back so fast, it’s not going to surprise me either.”
“Honestly in minicamp, he looked alright to me.”
On if preseason games were valuable to him in his sophomore season:
“Yeah, but then again, we don’t really play too much in the preseason. It’s cool to get some full-speed snaps, but we go full-speed in practice. I think it’s more for the guys that are learning the system and proving to coach that they can play.
On what he thinks the offensive line is capable of going into Year 2 together:
“I just think we’re capable of rebuilding off of last year. Last year, it was a tough slate at the beginning, but we got the continuity going. It was the first time we’ve had all five for the whole year, and we did great things toward the end of the season. Hopefully, we can just keep that going.”
On his personal expectations:
“Me, I want to continue to prove to the NFL that I’m one of the best at my position. I’m just going to continue to do that.”
On his goals of training camp:
“Just to be sharp, sharper than last year. Obviously, to come out here and compete and let guys win jobs. That’s what makes teams better.
On how the mentality is different this year from last:
“I approach it every year pretty much the same. Everybody starts at 0-0, no wins on the schedule. You have to approach it like every year you’re going to get better and ultimately try and win the Super Bowl.
His thoughts on the HGH testing:
“I mean, if we had to, I would. Obviously I don’t have nothing to hide. I don’t have any PEDs.”