Dispelling any speculation that a Robert Griffin III/Rex Grossman/Kirk Cousins “Hunger Games” survival battle was in the making,Â Washington RedskinsÂ coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday that RG3 will work with the first team in organized team activities. Â Read more after the jump.
“Obviously any time you pick a player with the second pick in the draft and you give up two No. 1s and a No. 2 to move up four spots, you’ve got a game plan in mind,” Shanahan said at the conclusion of rookie minicamp. “We’re going to put him with the first team, when we come back.”
“He’s the starter, period.”
Shanahan, of course, is referring to the massive pre-draft trade the Redskins pulled off with theÂ St. Louis RamsÂ to nab the dynamic Baylor star.
“I thought it’s very important to start with Robert in the first unit,” he said.
An argument always can be made to ease a rookie quarterback into the madness of the NFL, but Shanahan obviously believes Griffin has the talent and makeup to step in as a Week 1 starter. Cam Newton andÂ Andy DaltonÂ served as last year’s evidence that a quick transition is possible. Griffin’s got next.