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Mike Shanahan on RG3: 'He's the starter, period'

Dispelling any speculation that a Robert Griffin III/Rex Grossman/Kirk Cousins "Hunger Games" survival battle was in the making, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday that RG3 will work with the first team during the team's upcoming organized team activities.

"Obviously any time you pick a player with the second pick in the draft and you give up two No. 1s and a No. 2 to move up four spots, you've got a game plan in mind," Shanahan said at the conclusion of this weekend's rookie minicamp. "We're going to put him with the first team, when we come back.

"He's the starter, period."

Shanahan, of course, is referring to the massive pre-draft trade the Redskins pulled off with the St. Louis Rams to nab the dynamic Baylor star.

"I thought it's very important to start with Robert in the first unit," said Shanahan, who also noted he would adjust the team's offensive system based on Griffin's comfort level.

An argument always can be made to ease a rookie quarterback into the madness of the NFL, but Shanahan obviously believes Griffin has the talent and makeup to step in as a Week 1 starter. Cam Newton and Andy Dalton served as last year's evidence that a quick transition is possible. Griffin's got next.

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