Jay Gruden now wants to see if RG3 can throw from the pocket

robert griffin III 3New Redskins head coach Jay Gruden recently said that he was going to let Robert Griffin III use his legs and run around.  Now he’s changed his tune.

“My goal in training camp is to see how much he can develop as a drop-back passer,” Gruden said via Sports on Earth. “Obviously he can do the rollouts and the naked bootlegs and all that. But let’s see what he can do from the pocket, and if he can run from there, that’s when he’ll really get a lot of yards.”

Gruden understands that it’s vital for RG3 to learn how to throw from the pocket.

“There comes a point in a season, in a game, when you have to do some dropback passing,” he said. “You are going to have third-and-12 where you can run read option or a bubble screen. If you are down two touchdowns late in the third quarter, you have to be able to be a dropback passing team. You have to have that part established. So we really want to focus on that, teach him some concepts we like and have at it.”

Gruden akso realies Griffin can’t take a lot of hits throughout the season.

“It’s a long season,” Gruden said. “It’s a 16-game grind. You don’t want him getting hit 15, 20 times a game on read options. You have to keep your stars healthy. You don’t want to put him at risk too much. But that’s who he is. It’s what he is as a quarterback. He’s very effective in that regard.”