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RG3 hitting houses with balls at practice to show he’s coachable

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Robert Griffin III has been making it habit of emphatically throwing balls away during Cleveland Browns minicamp practices, often to such an extreme that the balls on occasion either drill a 16-foot fence surrounding the practice fields or sail over it and hit houses in a nearby residential neighborhood.

Why? To prove he’s coachable to Hue Jackson and the rest of the Browns coaching staff, apparently.

Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reports that on two occasions Tuesday RG3 airmailed to throwaway tosses over the fence, once drilling a garage. Two other times, he drilled the fence.

When asked why he’s putting on such a show when throwing the ball away, Griffin explained it as follows.

“Just throwing it away,” Griffin said Wednesday. “Coach asked me to work on those things. If he asked me to throw it away, I’m going to throw that thing as far as I can – all the way away.”

Some of RG3’s demonstrative behavior arguably could be attributed to how Mike Shanahan, his onetime coach with the Washington Redskins, suggested that he wasn’t coachable and never gave up on plays.

So much for that, says Griffin.

“I’m just being coachable,” he said. “You have to practice the way you play – sliding, throwing the ball away, all those things, keeping positive downs and distances. Those are important. It seems funny throwing the ball over the fence, but it’s just part of the process. You have to take everything into account.”

The final season of RG3’s tenure with the Redskins was of course an unmitigated disaster. He was essentially cast aside by Jay Gruden and his coaching staff last season, relegated to running the scout team after he was benched in favor of Kirk Cousins.

But he handled his precipitous fall down the depth chart with class and dignity, earning him praise and arguably affording him one more shot to resurrect his career with the Browns, something he isn’t taking for granted as he moves on from his nightmarish final season in D.C.

“The best thing you can do is be who you are and maybe some of that stuff you might have heard is true,” he said. “…but a lot of that stuff can be extremely false and that’s the blessing of a new opportunity with a new team — to just go out and be myself and let guys make their own determination on who I am.”