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Quotes: Robert Griffin III (7.24.14)

Quarterback Robert Griffin III

On wearing one white cleat and one black cleat:

"That's something I've done since college. I call it the yin and the yang, white and black working together. We're all brothers. We're doing it together."

On so much being made about his ability to read defenses and the praise Head Coach Jay Gruden and Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay have given him in that regard:

"You don't go from the ability to read defenses one year and not have that ability the next, so I don't believe that one bit. And it's really just a good thing to have two coaches that believe in you. Sean and Jay have done a great job. They've given me a lot on my shoulders in that quarterback room and I cherish that. You want to be asked to do more or just to do the bare minimum. As a quarterback, you have to have that fire in your heart that says when things are going wrong that you're going to get it right."

On practicing in the rain:

"I think today it's one of those things you say when things are going wrong as an offense we weren't as efficient as we wanted to be today all-around, including myself. So, it's a good thing to have to work through the rain and have to throw those wet footballs and have to catch those wet footballs and have to work on the quarterback/center exchange, all those things. So, you start camp, there's a lot of excitement. Football is back. And then you have a practice like today where the weather plays a huge factor, and you have to kind of block that out. So, I think today's practice we got better as a football team just having to go through the rough practice."

On how much he has learned mentally this offseason:

"It was really about learning the new offense, learning how Jay [Gruden] and Sean [McVay] are going to want to call the offense and how they play situational football. It's just a huge feel-out process about just getting to know a new coach, a new offense, and then getting to know some of the new weapons that we have."

On his mindset today and how it feels to be back:

"You know, it's fun, man. Football is fun. That's what it's supposed to be about. So, I think everybody stepped on the field today with excitement knowing that football games that are going to be played against other teams are right around the corner. But, we have to get through this grind, or as we like to call it the 'find' through camp – find out who is going to be the playmakers for us and move on from there. We're all excited and ready to go and tomorrow's practice will be better than today's and that's how it should be every single day."

On how different he feels coming into this season compared to last season:

"Yeah. I think everybody feels different in the organization. We just have an opportunity to come in with a lot more energy. There is a togetherness in that locker room and in the building. You know, from me personally, obviously, not having to come off of a knee surgery is a big boost for me, having the opportunity to work on my craft throughout the offseason with my QB coach and with Sean [McVay] and Jay [Gruden] while we're there, or allowed to be in the building. So it's been great being able to hang out with the guys, be around them and I look forward to it."

On there are things he can do now that he couldn't last season because of the offseason he had:

"No, there's just a difference in coming back from a knee injury and rehabbing as opposed to being able to work on your craft throughout the whole offseason, so I think we all know in this room it's beneficial to be out there at practice, it's beneficial to be able to not have to worry about an injury. So, I mean that's that, but other than that, I don't pay that stuff any mind. I'm ready to go."

On learning from mistakes:

"Yeah, I mean it's just a part of playing the game. The more you play, the more you grow. There's no magic thing that I can say, you know everyone is going to have their opinion about whatever anybody needs to work on, but like you said, learn from your mistakes, don't make them over and over again and that's part of playing quarterback. If you keep making the same mistakes over and over, you're not going to be out there and that's something that I pride myself on – being able to adapt and learn whatever coach is trying to teach me in a rep. So, I'm excited, like I said, like I told you guys, we are prepared, I am prepared because of the two years of playing experience, just knowing what to expect coming in the league and go out there and have fun."

On the different coaches he's played under and the new dimension added by this coaching staff:

"Yeah, every coach does things differently, so this whole offseason with Jay [Gruden] and Sean [McVay] I've had the opportunity to learn their philosophy, learn what they want to work on, learn what they deem is necessary to be successful. So like I said, every coach has his own philosophy and I feel like I've learned a lot from them already and look forward to continuing to learn from them."

On his chemistry with wide receiver DeSean Jackson:

"Me and DeSean, I think our chemistry is there. One practice doesn't tell you anything about chemistry. I know you guys don't get to see us that often, but it was our first day back, we don't use that as an excuse. But he knows if I miss him one time I'm going to get him the next and if he misses something then he'll make that play for me. That chemistry's there. He's a dynamic football player and we look forward to him making dynamic plays. "

On his relationship with Head Coach Jay Gruden:

"It's just a normal head coach-quarterback relationship. Jay's a guy like I said, he brings a lot of energy. He's funny, he's personable and we're just excited to have him here, excited for a new year. Like we've said, everybody is 0-0.It doesn't matter what happened last year. We won the division one year and didn't win the division the next. This year, we look forward to getting back on top."

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On how hard it is to repeat his mechanics consistently:

"It's not difficult at all. In my opinion, you can never get tired of doing things the right way and that goes for every quarterback in this league. We're all trying to find little ways to get better, little ways to have that advantage. So that's what they really want me to work on and it's just really about being mentally ready for each practice. You know just being hard on yourself and knowing that as long as I do these things and have a checklist when you go into each practice, what you want to accomplish and when you come out of practice, look at that checklist. And if you got everything, you still write down a checklist for the next day. So it's not hard at all to me."

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On embracing reps and getting a lot of work during this training camp: "It's just the norm. Every quarterback needs reps. No quarterback likes to go into a year with no reps so I think Jay's just… We have to come up here and talk to you guys and you guys are awesome – all look beautiful today – we have to come out here and talk to you today and a lot of it is just fillers. Everyone has to work hard, everyone needs reps to be successful, so I'm glad to be able to come into a training camp without having to worry about reps. I know I'm going to get them, I know I'm going to work hard and I know the guys around me are going to work hard and we're going to get better together."

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