NFL Playoffs notebook: Former Sooners impressed by Robert Griffin III

by Michael Baldwin Published: January 5, 2013
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photo - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: FDX113
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: FDX113

“We saw him grow and develop through the whole thing,” Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable told the Seattle Times. “Then to stay healthy, you have to do that. His progression has been right where you hoped it would be.”

Okung signed a six-year deal worth a maximum $58 million, with more than $29 million of guaranteed money.

“It was never anything athletic or anything as far as his power or even experience,” said fullback Michael Robinson. “It was always, ‘Just be healthy, and when you're healthy, you'll be top notch.'”

EXTRA POINTS

Former Oklahoma State tight end Billy Bajema is the Ravens' backup. Bajema doesn't have a reception this season but has appeared in eight games. Originally a seventh-round draft pick in 2005, Bajema is in his eighth season. The Westmoore product played four seasons with the 49ers, three with the Rams. ... Former OSU defensive end Ryan McBean is on the Ravens' roster but was placed on injured reserve after suffering a fractured ankle in preseason. ... The Sooners could have had three offensive linemen in Washington's starting lineup. Veteran tackle Jammal Brown underwent hip surgery in August and spent the season on the injured reserve list. Brown, who played five seasons with New Orleans, was traded to the Redskins in 2010.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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