The Washington Redskins had their very first OTA (Organized Team Activities) workout on Thursday at Redskins Park and according to ESPN 980’s “The Sports Fix”, the pistol formation and read option was used in about 80% of the teams offensive activities.
Many fans and analysts have spent the entire off-season saying the Redskins should switch their offense in an effort that will keep RG3 away from running the ball too much and taking unnecessary hits. If you take into account the workouts today, the Redskins are not listening to those plea’s.
Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman all three were used in pistol formation activities and each looked good in the process.
The Redskins media world is buzzing over the way that Griffin performed today just months after having major knee surgery. The only signs that RG3 is coming off of major surgery that were seen today, was the knee brace he was wearing and the fact that he is practicing on the sidelines with the other players who are coming back from an injury as well. Griffin did not participate in 11 on 11’s.
While it was only one day, if the first day of OTA’s is any sign, expect the read option and pistol formations to continue to be a major part of the Redskins attack come fall.
Mike Shanahan had this to say when asked about the safety of the read option.
Shanahan on the safety of the read-option: “The read-option gave Robert more time in the pocket. He got hurt when he was dropping back.”
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