Reaction to Redskins Minicamp Pressers: Still a Tough Road Ahead for RG3, Secondary Starts to Take Shape.

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Head Coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III addressed the media after Tuesday's minicamp. Dan Ciarrocchi shares his reaction to some of their comments.

- With explosive sprinting added back to his repertoire, Robert Griffin III will begin cutting next week. He stressed that he's in for a slow process with this, and that it's not something that can be fixed over the course of a couple of days. He will need to dedicate the next month to change-of-direction drills before can think about getting the OKs from Dr. Andrews and Dr. Casolaro to continue. There's still a ways to go, but that's not discouraging given how well Griffin has responded to rehab so far.

- But the real question, which one ESPN reporter asked Griffin, is how does RG3 feel about Tim Tebow? I'm sure Griffin went as far to answer a question that has zero bearing on the Redskins, and even as someone who follows the team closely and keeps his ears wide open to what players say, I just can't say I cared to find out. I can only hope the readership of this website can forgive me in time for passing on this.

- In non-Tebow news, Donte Stallworth made a strong impression on Mike Shanahan during his first day of minicamp. So much, that Shanahan said "hopefully we'll get a chance to sign him in the next couple days" during his press conference. The 32-year-old receiver brings knowledge of Kyle Shanahan's offense to camp and his presence will provide a nice push to the crowded depth chart ahead of him. Shanahan has always been a proponent of creating competition within the team, and even if Stallworth is a longshot to make it, he can at least push the receiving corps this summer.

- Another receiver Shanahan praised was Leonard Hankerson, now entering his third season. He praised his versatility, noting he could play all three receiver positions. Hankerson ran 46 of his 292 routes from the slot position a season ago, but was targeted just 13 times. Of those, he caught seven passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers leave a lot to be desired, but just manning that spot can allow things to open up for other players. Shanahan and son would love to be able to move around a few chess pieces within their offense in today's NFL, and Hankerson's doing his part to give them that opportunity.

- David Amerson, Baccari Rambo and Phillip Thomas all ran with the first-team defense today. No, that doesn't mean they will be day-one starters, but Shanahan did commend them for learning the defense well. That's all you can ask for during minicamp, which in itself is a venue for getting players acclimated.

- Chase Minnifield, another young defensive back continues to make his mark. He was the talk of the town at this time last year before a knee injury sidelined him for his rookie season. Well, he's back, practicing in full, and made an interception off of a Rex Grossman pass during Tuesday's session. Encouraging to hear.

- Another note on the secondary is that Brandon Meriweather is expected to return to the team in time for minicamp after re-injuring his knee last November. Barring a crazy turn of events, Meriweather will enter camp as the starting strong safety despite Thomas and Rambo's presence, and despite the fact Meriweather is long-removed from his last productive year in the NFL. So far, he's only suited up for two quarters of a game while in a Redskins uniform, but oh, what a two quarters it was. It will be interesting to see if he continues to make his mark once he takes the field, and with pads on.

- Lastly, John Potter, a kickoff specialist was at camp today, even though Mike Shanahan couldn't tell reporters his name. Kai Forbath's field goal percentage was nearly unblemished a season ago, but his kickoffs left plenty to be desired. They were frequently low, short line drives that didn't give his coverage unit much time to get down the field. But because the Redskins have been long-starved for a field goal kicker with Forbath's consistency, it's difficult to imagine his job would be in any jeopardy. Potter's presence is just something to be aware of as the summer progresses.

MORE: Highlights from Mike Shanahan Presser 6/11/13

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