The No. 2 pick in the NFL draft will be the No. 1 guy in Washington this season.
Robert Griffin III, the player picked second overall on April 26 by the Redskins, was named the team’s starting quarterback on Sunday. Head coach Mike Shanahan made the announcement following the team’s minicamp.
“He’s the starter. Period,” Shanahan said, following just five practices with the QB.
The Redskins traded three first-round picks and a second-round pick to the Rams in March in order to move up to the second pick in the draft and acquire Griffin.
“Any time you pick a player with the second pick of the draft and you give up another two No. 1’s and No. 2 and you move up four spots, you’ve got a game plan in mind,” Shanahan said. “We’re going to adjust our system to what he feels comfortable with, and we’ll watch him grow, and we’ll do what we feel like he does the best. … One thing the NFL is not used to his someone with his type of speed and his throwing ability, and I think that we can do some things that people haven’t done.”
The only other QBs on the Redskins roster are veteran Rex Grossman and fourth-round rookie Kirk Cousins.