Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 5/6/12

The battle for the Skins starting quarterback job is over before it even began … and that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

Following the conclusion of Washington’s rookie minicamp Sunday, head coach Mike Shanahan wasted little time, officially announcing that Robert Griffin III will be the team’s starter under center this season.

“He’s the starter. Period,” Shanahan said, via the Washington Post.

Though this was a completely expected move — you don’t give up three first-round selections only to hand him a clipboard — it’s a big vote of confidence for Griffin, having nailed down the position after just five NFL practices.

“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.”

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